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 Chip Zdarsky. Art by Jorge Fornés.
It’s wild to see that we are in part seven of this arc and Chip Zdarsky is still making it interesting. I worry about long arcs, but honestly it seems that Zdarsky is in this series for the long haul so he is making it worth it with each issue and the time in between them. Character interaction-wise, we have Izzy Libris confront Hammerhead and his actions since they are supposed to be partners in the upcoming struggle for who will be the new Kingpin. Izzy really puts the hammer down (when you read the issue you’ll see what that means) and this manages to get the attention of the Owl, so this could be setting up for quite the gang/territory war. (10/10)
Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranges/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
Words by Ryan Parrott. Art by Simone Di Meo.
An excellent issue that leaves you wanting more. The Rangers and Turtles team up is dynamic, fun and reminds you why you loved these two properties growing up. Another classic character joins the action and adventure awaits as the bad guys are on the rise. (10/10)
X-Men + Fantastic Four #1
Words by Chip Zdarsky. Art by Terry Dodson.
I had a blast with this first issue — so much so I wish it wasn’t just a miniseries! This is a coming-of-age tale embroiled in the politics of adults made more dramatic thanks to superpowers and superegos. If you have an affinity for strong characters, clever plotting and domestic drama, don’t pass on this. Zdarsky and Dodson are adding interesting narrative textures to the Dawn of X line. (10/10)
Money Shot #4
Words by Tim Seeley & Sarah Beattie. Art by Rebekah Isaac.
I’m aware that I’m repeating a lot of the same praise I had for the previous installment of Money Shot, but honestly that’s a testament to just how consistent Money Shot is. At a time when it feels like everything has been done before, Money Shot is a series that’s using science fiction clichés to build something new at every opportunity, never shying away from its influences while constantly subverting expectations. (10/10)
Daphne Byrne #2
Words by Laura Marks. Art by Kelley Jones.
This is a good second issue and it’s also an improvement on the first issue. This is a great example of how you should always give comics a two-issue chance. I was left wanting with the first issue, but now I’m beginning to see how all these horrific delights will bear fruit. (9.5/10)