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!
Dial H for Hero #12
Words by Sam Humphries. Art by Joe Quinones.
I love this book. I love this book so much. I love its approach to high concept stuff, I love the art, and I love the characters. But more than that, I love how loving the book is. I cannot over-exaggerate how well Humphries, Quinones, Sharpe, Gibson, and everyone else who worked on the series did. Go out and read this book — I genuinely think pretty much everyone can find something to love here. This is one of those really special stories that only comes around once in a while, and I think everyone needs it in their life. (10/10)
Black Stars Above #4
Words by Lonnie Nadler. Art by Jenna Cha.
One of the best breakouts in a long time, Jenna Cha goes all out WEIRD within this series. Her ability to visualize the surreal in such etched figures that it feels as though she has simply dusted off a historical piece of art is incredible. Her art manages to feel familiar but always holds our gaze for us to realize the oddity that we’ve witnessed. (10/10)
–Arbaz M. Khan
John Constantine: Hellblazer #4
Words by Si Spurrier. Art by Matías Bergara.
This was a very fun issue that furthered the magical conspiracy going on behind the scenes of this book. It also showed us just what a petty knob ol’ Constantine can be sometimes. Tommy himself is a fun addition to the book. Though John’s friends have a way of dying off before too long, I certainly hope this magical hipster has some life in him yet. (10/10)
Far Sector #4
Words by N.K. Jemisin. Art by Jamal Campbell.
An impressive fourth issue that raises the stakes, hints at complexities we couldn’t have even guessed at, while also developing the Green Lantern mythos. Don’t skip this series — it’s one of the best superhero books in some time. (9.5/10)
Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost #1
Words by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Russell Dauterman.
There are likely a lot of expectations placed on this book. Many readers may be surprised by what they find, but as a piece of art, this is an excellent example of how the comics medium can still be pushed to new heights. What you hold in your hands is one of the most vividly rich and rewarding visual experiences you’ll read this year. Don’t pass on it! (9.5/10)