Thanks to Into the Spider-Verse, most people know that Miles Morales is the Spider-Man of another pocket of Marvel Universe, who now lives in the main Marvel Universe, Earth-616. And that might cause some of you to ask: If there was a Peter Parker in Miles’ universe, who is the Miles Morales of Earth-616?
The answer is, an older, wanted criminal, who got so fed up with the 616 that he decided to go live in Miles’ home universe instead, just before it was utterly destroyed. But now, in the pages of Miles Morales: Spider-Man #10, he’s somehow back home and ready to rule Brooklyn’s criminal underworld with an iron fist.
What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” Let’s get started!
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #10
Saladin Ahmed, Javier Garrón/Marvel Comics
How did he get back to Earth-616? Presumably that revelation is yet to come!
Young Justice #8
Brian Michael Bendis, John Timms/DC Comics
Tim Drake’s claim to fame used to be that he was the youngest Robin, but that was upended with the debut of Damian Wayne, an even younger Robin. Writers have struggled to find him a new specialization, so these days, Tim is the leader of the newly reformed Young Justice team. In Young Justice #8, he meets an alternate universe version of himself whose superhero name is just goes “Drake.”
And sure, that’s a name that’s shared by the musician, Drake, but Tim’s current superhero name is Red Robin, the name of a fast food chain. So, win some, lose some.
Doctor Strange #19
Mark Waid, Jesús Saiz/Marvel Comics
This week, Doctor Strange made a magical deal that could have gone horribly wrong, and it fixed his hands! He can be a surgeon again! I’m sure there will be no monkey paw repercussions!
Ken Garing/Image Comics
Gogor was one of the coolest comics I read this year, and I’m so sad it’s not getting a chance to complete its ten issue run. Issue 5 will be the last for the foreseeable future, so for the love of god, pick it up in trade and maybe we’ll get more.
Silver Surfer Black #4
Donny Cates, Tradd Moore/Marvel Comics
As Galactus rises from an ocean of blood to dwarf the Silver Surfer, here’s another opportunity for me to say that I can’t get enough of Tradd Moore on Silver Surfer Black.
House of Whispers #13
Nalo Hopkinson, Dan Watters, Matthew Dow Smith/DC Comics
House of Whispers is entering a third arc that looks to be very different than its first two, centering on the magical creature unleashed by a brow-beaten woman who finally embraces her anger. I’m in.
The Wonder Twins #7
Mark Russell, Stephen Byrne/DC Comics
If you like Mark Russell books, The Wonder Twins is a very Mark Russell book, which is to say it’s deeply cynical until suddenly it’s not.
Batman Universe #3
Brian Michael Bendis, Nick Derington/DC Comics
Hello, Commissioner Gordon? I’d like to report a murder.
Powers of X #4
Image: Jonathan Hickman, R.B. Silva/Marvel Comics
I. Love. These. Panels.
Daniel Kibblesmith, Oscar Bazaldua/Marvel Comics
Not only is a metaphysical library full of all the stories and potential stories of Marvel Heroes a fantastic way to acknowledge continuity without quite breaking the fourth wall — this is also a very good dig at Wolverine.