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Fantastic Five: Week of December 4, 2019

The best reviewed comic books of the week on AIPT.

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.

Enjoy, and happy reading!


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Daredevil #14

Written by Chip Zdarsky. Art by Marco Checchetto & Francesco Mobili.

Overall, this is another solid issue in this story arc. Chip Zdarsky delivers with his intense situations and dynamic dialogues.  It’s like watching all four pots on the stove and they are boiling and you are just waiting to see which will pour out first. Pure tension.  Artists Marco Checchetto and Francesco Mobili continue to hand in page after page of masterpiece art.  Each page is designed very nicely and the characters are just amazing.  They manage to make a conversation over coffee bold enough to be in a Daredevil comic and make you want more! (10/10)

— Christopher Franey

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Written by Ryan Parrott. Art by Simone Di Meo.

Don’t worry if you are a lapsed fan of these franchises. Ryan Parrott has taken the essence of each team and brought it over here without needing to have read or kept up with either team. Simone di Meo creates killer art and captures the character designs perfectly, and kudos to Walter Baiamonte and Igor Monti for making the colors pop. Go out there and add this comic to your pull list — this is the book you’ve been waiting for your whole childhood. (9.5/10)

— Christopher Franey

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Marauders #3

Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Michele Bandini.

The art by Michele Bandini is quite good and even stronger than the last issue. Backed by Bandini’s own inks along with Elisabetta D’Amico and colors by Federico Blee, there’s a great use of perspective in this issue. The use of background and foreground when Shinobi bursts from his pod, a closeup of a skull intermixed with panels of characters reacting, and an upwards looking angle sweeping across Shaw and his war map and his son looking on are all examples of great storytelling. There’s a dynamic sense of purpose to the perspective that draws your eye and adds weight to the characters’ stories. There are also pleasing wide panels running a bit thinner than usual to draw your eye downward. There’s a cinematic feel that widens the scope of an issue that may be light on action but certainly is as captivating as any other book. (9/10)

— David Brooke

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Excalibur #3

Written by Tini Howard. Art by Marcus To.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love this series. Its main characters are intriguing, the situation they’re in is tantalizing, and the angle of the series as a whole feels incredibly different from the rest. We’re essentially going into a fantasy subplot away from all the politics of Krakoa and digging into character while we do it. That’s obvious from the start where we meet our heroes attempting to understand how Jubilee’s baby is now a 50-foot dragon. Through some fun thought bubbles (which are creative as heck) the characters piece it together and assume Shogo is going to be fine as a dragon. (9/10)

— David Brooke

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Justice League #37

Written by Scott Snyder. Art by Jorge Jimenez.

There are a lot of moving parts in this issue and they come together at different times very well. Snyder and Jimenez do a great job supercharging the Justice League as they prepare for the final showdown, and I can’t wait to see what the reveal on the final page means for Perpetua. At the same time, there’s good development of characters and plot that’s bound to show up later. (9/10)

— David Brooke

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