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The Flash’s Best DC Villains Teamed Up For A Savage Gorilla Grodd Heist

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Rascals, DC’s latest Black Label series from legendary Flash scribe Joshua Williamson and artist Leomacs, has an instant hook. A decade after their heyday, Captain Cold brings a group of notoriously wacky Flash villains out of retirement to one last robbery.

I expected a fun book, but not the beautiful balance of color and grain, levity and emotional weight, which is demonstrated in Rascals #1. And the robbery itself? Sneak into Gorilla City to plunder Gorilla Grodd’s secret gold. It’s a good thing there.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We will tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of books our comic book editor enjoyed over the past week. It’s part society pages about the lives of superheroes, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be spoilers. Perhaps there is not enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the last edition, read this.)


Image: Joshua Williamson, Leomacs/DC Comics

Perhaps the biggest thing to brag about is the work of the art team here. Leomacs is the complete package: its character designs are simple, yet unique; subtle and clear emotions. The dirty underbelly details of Central City couldn’t be more 1970s realism. Matheus Lopes, one of my favorite colorists of the moment, shows that dark doesn’t mean dull, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering? Flawless! Makes the text feel like a dub.

Rascals looks like an Image Comics detective miniseries that features DC characters. A delight to read.

Image: Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan/DC Comics

Detective comicsThe weekly post Arkham Tower arc is over, and it’s one of those things I wish I’d liked more. In the end, I think I found the reverse countdown timeline more confusing than enticing. But I can say what I really like: the Bat family liaising with a journalist instead of the GCPD!

There have been a few periods in Batman history where James Gordon wasn’t police commissioner, which usually means the Bat Family’s relationship with the office is still there, just frostier. Bats and the free press is new to me, and I like it.

A strange humanoid figure with a large eyeball for a head sucks up a huge cloud of smog in the form of a screaming face.

Image: Nick Dragotta, Caleb Goellner/Image Comics

I didn’t know anything about ghost cage except there was a cover with cool characters on it. Turns out it’s a flamboyantly dynamic shōnen-influenced fable about…a crazed industrialist creating a weird little dude to kill off a growing slew of his living power plants? Because of corporate capitalism? I will definitely be reading more of this.

A faux stained glass window depicts a line of Esquecida warriors with drawn bows beneath a blue-skinned priestess with a jade pendant.  The image is flanked by jaguars and inlaid panels repeating mirrored scenes of the Greek goddesses creating the Amazons in the Well of Souls, in Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #1 (2022).

Image: Joelle Jones/DC Comics

The thing about Joëlle Jones is that you never have to wonder why her books are back on the shelves – she draws…she just draws the hell out of it. It’s unfortunate for Wonder Girl, and her ability to really put Yara Flor on the map of the DC Universe. The trade off is when you get fully Jones drawn issues like The Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girleach page is a dropper.

I hit this faux stained glass page about the history of the lost Amazon tribe of the Amazons, the Esquecidas, and I said, “Shit, Joëlle!” Daaaaaamn!” out loud in my apartment. There are very, very few artists who could present the origin of their tribe of the Amazons and flank the page with direct reminders of the definitive origin of George Pérez de Themyscira in his own artistic style and stick landing. Phew. phew.