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!
New Mutants #9
Words by Ed Brisson. Art by Flaviano Armentaro.
I love anything Boom Boom related, but Ed Brisson takes her to a new level by allowing Boom Boom to evolve into a leadership role, all while retaining her renegade-like nature. The writing is fantastic, and the dialogue is in character. The art illustrated by Flaviano is beautiful and should be framed on my living room wall. (10/10)
Ghost Rider #6
Words by Ed Brisson. Art by Juan Frigeri.
Fantastic issue, feels like I got two comic books for the price of one. Juan Frigeri brings some excellent art to the table and when you see his Johnny Blaze on the last page you will be wanting more. Ed Brisson does a great job of balancing time and story between the two Riders and all the guest stars…this looks like it could be building towards a Marvel Event or just some amazing story in Ghost Rider; get this book on your pull list asap. (10/10)
Words by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Art by Leslie Hung.
All the dialogue continues to feel fresh and modern without ever dipping into forced-sounding #teenspeak. One of my favorite aspects of Snotgirl has always been the references that spring up to current online and pop culture trends and this issue continues to satisfy that want. From mention of “vibes” to more references to Terrace House and Netflix, Snotgirl continues to be a series very much set in 2020. I’m reminded of a quote from talk show host and infamous gossip tycoon, Wendy Williams, which reads, “She’s an icon, she’s a legend, and she is the moment.” If that doesn’t bring Ms. Lottie Person to mind, you must not be reading Snotgirl. (10/10)
Words by Justin Jordan. Art by Niko Henrichon.
Reaver #7 is a great start for the second arc of Jordan’s masterpiece. I can’t wait to see what Henrichon has in store for the issues to follow with his amazing illustrations. There’s a great surprise at the end of this issue that will have fans of the series applauding. Make sure to add this comic to your list during your next trip to the comic shop. (9/10)
The Batman’s Grave #6
Words by Warren Ellis. Art by Bryan Hitch.
The book, of course, also has intense action sequences that are fun to follow. A few times in this issue Hitch draws a movement that forces you to piece together how he slides or kicks, adding a new dimension of movement. It’s an exhilarating way of drawing you into the action. The precision he uses to fight lends to his precision of planning and detective work. Once this series is finished and collected, many will likely pinpoint overarching themes that connect all the facets of Batman, further proving this series is incredible in its approach. (9/10)