Every week, comic fandom is gifted with a slew of fantastic stories from a slew of fantastic creators. These days there’s just so much good stuff out there that it can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re new to comics. Thus AiPT! presents to you, Fantastic Five! A weekly column where we pick five fantastic books released during the week, and tell you why you should take a chance on them via a snippet from our reviews.
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Black Science #43
Written by Rick Remender. Art by Moreno Dinisio & Matteo Scalera.
Black Science #43 checks off all the proverbial boxes and some: incredible line work, perfect shot selection, a flawless pace, but most importantly, a narrative that resonates with fans of any ilk. Black Science‘s offerings of ostentatious sci-fi trappings capture readers’ imaginations, taking us down the rabbit hole of existential possibilities and theoretical scientific promise. But that is just part of what makes Grant McKay’s story so enticing. For all the bombastic fancies of imagination, the story inherently boils down to a granular level, themes that resonate with any of us on a relatable scale. Perceptive readers may even learn a valuable lesson or two from this comic. For all the aforementioned adulation layered on the title sometimes simplicity works best; Black Science is one of the most sensational comics on the shelves today and more than deserving of a read. Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera have crafted a damn fine graphic novel. (10/10)
— Benjamin Novoa
Written by Seanan McGuire, Zoë Quinn, & Alyssa Wong. Art by Claire Roe, Marika Cresta, & Alti Firmansyah.
Fearless has been a great new miniseries from Marvel, taking an anthology style and pairing female-only creators together to tell female-centric stories. The first two issues have been good, centering on an A-plot by Seanan McGuire and Claire Roe. This week Jubilee and Wolverine go on an adventure, Hellcat has a copycat, and McGuire continues the camp story featuring Invisible Woman, Ms. Marvel, Storm, and Captain Marvel. (10/10)
— David Brooke
The White Trees #2
Written by Chip Zdarsky. Art by Kris Anka.
While this issue is the conclusion to the brief story of The White Trees, Zdarsky has put in effort to make the world of Blacksand feel larger than just this one story. This effort has paid off dividends, as there seems to be endless potential for further stories in Blacksand. As Zdarsky and Anka’s first major foray into fantasy, this series has been a massive success, and readers can only hope that there will be more content in this universe. (10/10)
— Vishal Gullapalli
The Plot #1
Written by Tim Daniel & Michael Moreci. Art by Joshua Hixson.
The Plot #1 digs deep into these characters and this family, especially highlighting how ingrained this curse is within the Blaine family and how inescapable it truly seems. You understand why Charles constantly looks over his shoulder and is worried at every instance of success. As the issue progress, you grow more and more worried for Zach and Mackenzie. As soon as they split up you know what’s coming and you’re begging for it not to happen. You understand these children now and they don’t deserve this, no one does, but you can’t do anything to prevent it. You saw it coming, it came, and now you can’t wait to read the next issue. Daniel, Moreci, Hixson, Boyd, and Campbell have created a special horror comic with The Plot #1 that both scares and excites you. You’ll be scared and ask for more. (9.5/10)
— Ari Bard
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by David Marquez.
The artwork in this book is impressive. There’s a wide-reaching use of space too with one double-page splash and two double-page layouts each of which showcases impressive fighting in a Shazam vs. Batman/Superman showdown. Much of this issue is devoted to that fight scene and Marquez is blowing us away. The placement of panels in one double-page exemplifies the energy of the Bat-Jet rocketing towards Superman and Shazam and the insane choice Batman makes as he jumps through the damn windshield. You also have a great nod to Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns too. (9/10)
— David Brooke
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