Marvel Comics has just solved the Eternals problem in the MCU

When Marvel Studios announced that they were bringing the Eternals to the screen, not as secondary characters but in their own individual franchise, most people said, “Who?” But true Marvel Comics geeks said,why?

Eternals never worked. Not when their creator, Jack Kirby, put them on the page as a revamp of the more famous Fourth World, and not when preeminent modern myth-maker Neil Gaiman teamed up with artist no less than John Romita Jr. to give them an update. And they didn’t really work for Marvel Studios eternalA film that is more remarkable for its ambition than its achievement.

So the expectations Kieron Gillen eternal It was low key, even though his gods walk among us like pop stars villain + divine It gave him the perfect resume to make something of a character out of. I was so looking forward to it, and am still amazed at how much I enjoyed it, not to mention that it would lead to a natural flow into a large scale Marvel Comics crossover event that I can wholeheartedly recommend to the average reader.

And it’s not too late — never too late — for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to rip the whole concept from the pages of the comic book and slap it on the screen.

What else happens in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of the books our comics editor has enjoyed the past week. It’s part community pages from the lives of superheroes, part reading recommendations, and part “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the latest edition, read this.)


Photo: Kieron Gillen, Guiu Vilanova / Marvel Comics

I use a conclusion AX: Judgment Day As an excuse to say that eternal-to me-Doomsday The saga has moved beyond “if you like superhero comics, read this” and has come to “if you want to read a good comic, read book by Gillen and artist Esad Rebesh.” eternal followed by AX: Judgment Day. The idea of ​​the story ending with a whole cadre of Eternals out there doing simple Robin Hood-style superhero acts around the world and then leaving town while Sad Hulk’s music is playing – that’s good stuff. This is a good setup for anyone else who wants to use this. characters, either for continuation or as guest stars in other books!

I’m usually the last person to advocate for a movie franchise to directly adapt anything Just It happened in the comics, but the MCU eternal Established enough bones Doomsday It wouldn’t take much more than that to turn the franchise in the right direction. And if the MCU is going to take a chance on Eternals before it gets good, it might as well when it really is.

The two leaders stand anxiously on a raised platform where a necromancer wrestling promoter says

Photo: Daniel Warren Johnson/Image Comics

Speaking of “welp, you have to fight God now,” I read another issue every month Do a Powerbomb And every month I get angry because I have to do other things with my time than tell people they need to read Do a Powerbomb.

Photo: Anthony Falcone, Michael Chu/DC Comics

Anthologies are always hit or miss — that’s her whole business plan, after all. A true story-checker balances out the rest, giving inexperienced creators or specialized characters time to shine. Batman: Urban Legends #21, however, is the rare issue where I loved every story involved. “The Wheelman of Gotham” (shown above) takes top billing, with its writing in crack and Darwyn Cooke via art by Jiro Kuwata. But then the problem persists with one of the only recent several attempts at a story about police brutality through the eyes of the Gotham Police Department that really worked for me, a neat enough mystery about Batman’s parents being brought back to life, and the first part of a story about Arkham The new Asylum Juvenile detention program for the owner of a supervillainwhich I can’t wait to read more about.

Kaya pulls a lizard horse out of a flowing river with great effort.

Photo: Wes Craig/Image Comics

Empty head, no ideas, just a concept Lizard Law.

Beast and Wolverine trade barbs before Beast slits Wolverine's throat in Wolverine #27 (2022).

Photo: Benjamin Percy, Juan Jose Rebe / Marvel Comics

Since writer Benjamin Percy has taken the helm of both Wolverine (what is written on the tin) and X-Force (The CIA program on Krakoa, which wrapped up all the bad things the comparison points to), the two books were on a slow collision course. With this week’s issue, it looks like he might finally be ready to pummel Beast and Wolverine into each other like two halves going in opposite directions. It probably won’t have ripple effects beyond these two books, and probably nobody cares except for people who read both series all along. But I’ll keep saying it: It’s exciting.

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