Harry Styles' Marvel Character Blows Up the Marvel Comics Universe

Harry Styles’ Marvel Character Blows Up the Marvel Comics Universe

Eros, also known as Starfox, is played by Harry Styles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in Marvel Comics he is currently played by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Valerio Schiti. On the last page of last week AX: Day of Judgment #3, the team revealed that the alien superhero may hold the key to untangling the web of consequences that the Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals have all gotten themselves into in Marvel Comics’ summer crossover.

This is a pretty typical last page reveal of a comic book. Oooooh, this obscure character may have ultimate relevance! Hand in next month to find out what happens next! But here’s why I’m intrigued by it: the idea that Eros and Thanos (inspired by the Freudian concept of eros and thanatos) are real-life counterparts in a way that their shared ancestry has never really flown with me. Sure, Thanos’s presence in the Marvel universe would be hard for any character to live up to, but Eros is practically a gag character. It has always considered that “the power of love” is simply less interesting and harder to conceptualize for comic book writers than “the power of death”.

But this is not the idea of ​​a comic book writer from Eros. This is Kieron Gillen, who’s everything about inventive reinventions of divine mortals, in a fast-paced story where the Avengers, X-Men and Eternals seem to have less than 24 hours to make the good of humanity greater than the bad before an unstoppable space god destroys Earth.

What else happens on the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of books our comics editor liked over the past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, 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.)

Image: Kieron Gillen, Valerio Schiti/Marvel Comics

Gillen and Schiti really make a book called AX: Day of Judgment something I want to read the moment each issue comes out. Each issue is about the lives of six ordinary people around the world and how they are responding/being affected by the cosmic crisis. This should be corny or boring, or feel weightless and forgettable, but it is is not. The probability of all these characters dying randomly is: very highgiven certain plot points of the series, and I’ll be sad when it happens.

Batman talks to D'ayl, a squirrel-like alien Green Lantern, in the Batcave.  They discuss Gotham's best pizza place, the alien threat to Earth, and D'ayl sips a mug in Batman: Fortress #4 (2022).

Image: Gary Whitta, Darick Robertson/DC Comics

I forgot who I follow who tweeted something along the lines of: Is Batman: Fort actually low key great? And I thought the same thing when I read this song. Its tone was hard to place, but writer Gary Whitta wallows in a sort of Silver Age Batman, someone who is just as moody and driven, but makes a dry joke here and there and doesn’t find it strange to be on a first-name basis with a space squirrel.

A woman in a brightly colored wrestling shirt hangs impossibly in mid-air over the ring in the middle of a moonsault, her opponent, a crouched orangutan in a wrestling shirt, crouches in her shadow.  Her partner, a masked wrestler, watches alertly.  The crowd behind them roars

Image: Daniel Warren Johnson/Image Comics

are you reading Do a Powerbomb by Daniel Warren Johnson? Why don’t you all read? Do a Powerbomb? Look at this art! I’m not even in the wrestling fandom! I don’t even know what a moonsault is!

Nature Girl, Egg, Pyro and Cypher discover a dead sea turtle on Krakoa beach, a plastic bag in its mouth, in X-Men: Unlimited: X-Men Green #1 (2022).

Image: Gerry Duggan, Emilio Laiso/Marvel Comics

The challenge of translating infinite-scroll comics for phones into print comics is an eternal challenge for services like Webtoon, but an important one for readers who want to put their favorite series on a real shelf. I just want to applaud the team behind me X-Men Green; If I hadn’t known that the series first ran as an infinite scroll story on Marvel Unlimited, I would never have guessed from this issue.

Image: Chip Zdarsky, Carmine Di Giandomenico/DC Comics

Chip Zdarsky and Carmine Di Giandomenico’s Last Song Batman: The Knight has a certain courage. Only a confident creative team would attempt to write the definitive story of Bruce Wayne learning to be Batman. Only an even more confident team would jettison nostalgic plays and fill the book almost completely with original characters. Just a moment Lake the confident team waits for number 8 of a series of 10 numbers to reveal that the comic’s final boss is indeed someone very famous.

And that’s basically how you surprise a reader with the idea that Ra’s al Ghul will appear in a Batman story.

Three kids discuss the mysterious new rider at their stable.  Norrie is humorously suspicious of everyone at Waverly Stables

Image: Faith Erin Hicks/first second

It came out a while ago, but I finally got around to reading Erin Hicks’ Faith. drive on and I don’t know if there’s an object more attuned to my affections: a comic book about kids who love horseback riding but aren’t really brought together until they discover a shared interest in Star Trek.

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