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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Words by Tini Howard. Art by Marcus To.
This issue is everything that Tini Howard promised Excalibur would be and more. It’s clear what each character is grappling with and it seems that Howard & co. have barely scratched the surface of the conflict in Otherworld. Apocalypse’s presence adds an everpresent unease and suspicion that keeps even the quietest moments between the team intriguing. (9.5/10)
Guardians of the Galaxy #1
Words by Al Ewing. Art by Juann Cabal.
This issue gives you a lot of bang for your buck too. It sets up the villains, gives us a good reason for the team lineup and enough time for them to feel integrated. It then drops us into a heist-like action sequence. This sequence plays out well and ends on a cliffhanger that should have fans of Avengers: No Road Home gleefully happy. (9.5/10)
Words by Skottie Young. Art by Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Jorge Corona.
Middlewest #14 is an important revisiting of the cycle of abuse, but this time, Young, Corona, Francois-Beaulieu, and Piekos deliver something Abel didn’t have when he met his grandfather in issue #10: Hope. (9/10)
Far Sector #3
Words by N.K. Jemisin. Art by Jamal Campbell.
This series continues to impress due to its ability to keep your interest via character, art, and plot progression. The world-building continues on multiple levels further enriching the experience. Don’t pass on Far Sector, it’s well worth reading every issue of the way. (9/10)
Words by Gerry Duggan. Art by Matteo Lolli & Mario Del Pennino.
This is a great example of how mixing plot, character, and action together perfectly can make a comic read quickly and yet you’ll want to read it all again when you’re done. As far as action-adventure comics go Marauders is one of the best. (9/10)