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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Klaus Life & Times Of Joe Christmas #1
Words by Grant Morrison. Art by Dan Mora.
You needn’t have read anything prior to this — that’s the rather wonderful perk of Klaus. Every story is separate and standalone. All you need to know is ‘Hot heroic Santa’ and you’re good. You’ll get it. It’s accessible, it’s fun and it’s perfect for the holidays. Grab this if you want a smile and something you can show to anyone, if only for Dan Mora’s spellbinding artwork and colors. (10/10)
— Ritesh Babu
Going to the Chapel #4
Words by David Pepose. Art by Gavin Guidry.
If you have read this series from the start, you are not going to be disappointed in how the finale ends. Pepose did a fantastic job in scripting a solid story in only four issues! There are major book titles that had me rolling my eyes by issue #4. I give David props for maintaining the consistency of the narrative while keep it entertaining. Going to the Chapel is easily one of my favorite titles of the year and I rarely give out 10s, but this issue is getting a perfect score from me. Do yourself a favor and add this title to your collection. (10/10)
— David Hildebrand
Joker: Killer Smile #2
Words by Jeff Lemire. Art by Andrea Sorrentino.
By the end of the book, you may question your own sanity and maybe even how anyone in their right mind could fall prey to losing their ability to know what is real. It’s amazing how our society is so drawn to this character and this series makes a good case why. Joker is the embodiment of rejecting societal norms and reality so as to become an incarnation of something primal and selfish. This series seems to be suggesting this is something we may all be capable of becoming, and hauntingly, we may not even be aware the change is already happening. (10/10)
— David Brooke
The Low, Low Woods #1
Words by Carmen Maria Machado. Art by Dani.
This book is my favorite of the Hill House Comics so far thanks to its rich color palette, vividly real characters, and horror that comes at you visually and via prose. The book opens with two girls attending a late movie (eagle-eyed readers will note they are watching Sea Dogs which is also the backup comic to all Hill House Comics and it’s directed by Rob Reiner) and not remembering a single minute of it. It’s a frightening idea to open the book and builds the creepy vibes from there. Soon Machado is detailing the town’s history via captions which basically makes this coal-mining town a hell on Earth. Add to that there are creatures just out of eyeshot in the shadows that will seriously freak you out, but are too weird for the girls to reason are actually real. (10/10)
— David Brooke
Money shot #3
Words by Tim Seeley & Sarah Beattie. Art by Rebekah Issacs.
This would be a good series simply with the quality of writing being put forward, but it’s made even better by the fact that Rebekah Isaacs is entirely the right artist for Money Shot. Every otherworldly creature looks carefully designed and unique from one another, every sex scene is intense and all five XXX-plorers are really damn hot. Also credit entirely where it’s due, Kurt Michael Russell’s colouring contributes massively to the artwork and makes every page vibrant and eye catching. (10/10)
— Zachary Whittaker
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