X-Men’s Mystique has reunited with her Marvel universe wife

For the entire of Marvel’s Krakoan age, there’s been a gay Chekhov’s weapon on the mutant mantelpiece in the kind of Mystique and her late other half Fate. The secret cabal that runs Krakoa thinks that all their strategies will go to absolutely nothing if Fate is reanimated, and Mystique has actually been a hairsbreadth from burning all of it down if her other half is not reanimated.

Inferno, a goodbye lap of sorts for author Jonathan Hickman, designer of the Krakoan age, pulled that double-barreled shotgun off the wall last month, exposing that Mystique had in some way, privately, currently brought her other half back to life.

Today, we got to see it fire — Marvel’s frightening shapeshifter and her oracular other half are together once again for the very first time because 1989.

What else is occurring in the pages of our preferred comics? We’ll inform you. Invite to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this previous week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading suggestions, part “look at this cool art.” There might be some spoilers. There might not suffice context. However there will be fantastic comics. (And if you missed out on the last edition, read this.)


“Love brought her back. That and the undying loyalty of wife desperate to be reunited with wife [...] Week three brought forgiveness and a reforged alliance of heart and purpose. For all mutants, but most of all, for each other.” say narration boxes over panels of Destiny comforting Mystique, and the two women kissing passionately in Inferno #2 (2021).

Image: Jonathan Hickman, Stefano Caselli/Marvel Comics

Unlike in 1989, when an editorial restriction on queer relationships kept author Chris Claremont just meaning Mystique and Fate’s relationship instead of plainly mentioning it, Mystique and Fate’s 2021 reunion is gay as hell. I for one welcome our most recent gay mutant power couple.

And I do suggest power couple, because Mystique not just reanimated her other half into a young, hot body as a present, she likewise right away politic-ed her into a seat on Krakoa’s judgment council. Now that is a relationship objective.

“Fine. Whatever,” Aaron says as he is introduced to his new white-masked roommate in House of Slaughter #1 (2021).

Image: James Tynion IV, Tate Brombal, Chris Shehan/Boom Studios

From old gays to brand-new gays: Home of Massacre #1 is establishing some queer boarding school “and they were roommates” drama — best along with its “kids training to be secret society monster hunters and maybe the cute guy grows up to to be a monster” drama. Boom Studios is revealing a great deal of faith in the Something is Eliminating the Kid audience with this spinoff comic, however, that audience is huge enough to have actually gotten Netflix’s attention.

Black Widow, White Widow, Hawkeye, the Winter Soldier and more arrive at the Golden Gate Gala in haute couture in Black Widow #12 (2021).

Image: Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande/Marvel Comics

When I initially saw this panel, I believed Black Widow #12 was a really postponed Hellfire Gala tie-in comic, however no, it’s Black Widow, Yelena Belova, Hawkeye, and the Winter season Soldier all going to a completely typical human party-that’s-clearly-supposed-to-be-the-Met-Gala. All I can state is that I am definitely for every single superhero book going to a phony variation of the Met Gala, specifically if it’s cover for a sophisticated break-in, as it is here.

Wonder Woman battles a young girl with a ray gun across the skies of a city. The figures are rendered with flowing skirts and beautifully detailed hair, and only in the colors black, white, and gold in Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #5 (2021).

Image: Trung Le Nguyen/DC Comics

Anthology books can be struck or miss out on however there were some genuine bangers in this week’s Wonder Female: Black & Gold, like this story from Trung Le Nguyen (of the greatly admired The Magic Fish) that looks and checks out definitely beautifully.

Kate Pryde fires her laser gun at a pool of melted ice to create oxygen inside an ice structure, while Bishop and Sebastian Shaw start punching each other to build up kinetic energy using their absorption powers in Marauders #25 (2021).

Image: Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto/Marvel Comics

Today in Marauders, numerous members of the group discover themselves pushed out of an airlock and they endure and recover their spaceship by integrating all of their mutant powers and products into framing themselves in an ice ball, producing oxygen and heat inside the ice ball, and after that producing a propulsive technique for the ice ball.

Which is to state, Bishop and Sebastian Shaw, who both have the capability to soak up kinetic energy for usage later on, punched each other an entire lot up until they developed into a freakin’ jet engine for the ice ball. This type of fantastic mutant team effort — developed by clever writing — is constantly an enjoyment to check out.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.