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!
Words by Chip Zdarsky. Art by Marco Checchetto.
This is a fantastic issue, a story of the people rising up as heroes and standing against evil. Matt Murdock begins his journey back to Daredevil and the pieces that have been introduced since issue #1 are coming together. This has been a crazy ride and this issue will make the wait for April’s issue that much harder. If you have ever wanted to get a friend into Daredevil, this would be the issue to show them. (10/10)
Money Shot #5
Words by Tim Seeley & Sarah Beattie. Art by Rebekah Isaacs.
There’s not a lot of praise I can give to Money Shot that hasn’t been given in my reviews of the previous two issues. Simply put, this has been one of the most interesting series I’ve read in the last few months, a true highlight of my pull list and something I think anyone looking for a sex-positive sci-fi story will love. (10/10)
Words by Dennis Culver. Art by Justin Greenwood.
While I’m mostly bummed that it’s all over (again, for now?), that sense is what I’ll hold on to the most. Because this story felt really real to me, and I experienced every tragedy and triumph alongside this dynamic cast. It’s rare to feel so deeply connected to a story (at least for me), and it’s no small feat to make the grief and glory feel so devastatingly real for five full issues. I want to carry that with me for some time, and even though the story’s ended, how I feel lives on and on and on. (10/10)
Billionaire Island #1
Words by Mark Russell. Art by Steve Pugh.
Few writers can mix deadly serious real world issues with laugh-out-loud jokes like Russell. When paired with a familiar partner like Pugh, the duo create one of the most original comic book series out there. (9.5/10)
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13
Words by Saladin Ahmed. Art by Joey Vazquez.
This comic book explores the dynamic between a teenage superhero and her parent. It’s sweet and full of love. Amulet seems like a great fit to fight alongside Kamala. It’s about time she got a sidekick! The art is beautiful and every bit of writing was something I could relate to in my own life. Bravo, Ms. Marvel team! You’ve done it again. (9.5/10)