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!
Black Stars Above #5
Words by Lonnie Nadler. Art by Jenna Cha.
For all the sadness ends usually bring, this one brings great relief. Eulalie’s journey, for all intents and purposes, is over. It’s weird to read the end and then look out into the world with so much anxiety and fear around us. A world that is imperiled by an unknown entity creeping into our routine lives and making tantamount disruptions. But during these moments, we can all look to the sky and believe in the black stars above. May the Black Stars Above guide our way. (10/10)
–Arbaz M. Khan
Words by Tini Howard. Art by Marcus To.
This issue of Excalibur full of intensive emotion, magic and action. The writing and art is beautiful. It also presents a very real problem: What are the repercussions of mutants toying with magic? Similar to this week’s X-Force, the X-Men and the world of Krakoa may not be as perfect as it may seem from the outside. (10/10)
Words by Benjamin Percy. Art by Joshua Cassara.
Benjamin Percy and Joshua Cassara deliver another incredible issue of X-Force. I have not been this into a comic book series in such a long time. The way Percy understands these characters touches every part of my heart that loves the X-Men. He just gets them. Thank you so much for putting Sage in the spotlight again. Also a shout out to Joshua Cassara for these beautiful panels that weave in and out of cartoon-like comic books, and horrifying watercolors. (10/10)
The Plunge #2
Words by Joe Hill. Art by Stuart Immonen.
I have to marvel at the character work Joe Hill is doing with this and the last issue. There are very finite character elements that shine through via the dialogue and the excellent art by Stuart Immonen. In a scene where the characters stand over a body, you can gather the personality of each character very well. It’s a good example of how the series feels like a television show since they talk and act in such a realistic way. The dialogue tends to be interesting because of this as we attempt to understand what we’re working with and the dynamics between the characters. The work going into these characters is going to pay dividends when characters die or are in danger down the road. Hill is doing the heavy lifting now to make us care. (10/10)
Words by Johnnie Christmas. Art by Jack T. Cole.
As decisive as the storytelling is, the art and colors by Jack T. Cole offer his own definitive style that not only makes these books their own on the stand, but also displays how stellar his art is. The blend of manga and European line art really provides distinct visuals within this book. There are clear nods to Eastern culture that pairs beautifully with the futuristic sci-fi aesthetics cultivated within the West. There are really beautiful designs that surpass throughout the entirety of this issue. Each scene manages to be chock-full of details that offer fantastical imagery. (9.5/10)
–Arbaz M. Khan
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