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!
Basketful of Heads #7
Words by Joe Hill & Dan McDaid. Art by Leomacs.
Basketful of Heads #7 is a fitting end to one of the most head-rolling, creative horror comics in a long time. A justifiably unpredictable ending to an instant classic. (10/10)
Words by Gerry Duggan. Art by Stefano Casselli.
Marauders #10 reminds us that dealing with the emotional weight of grief and anger is such an intense and volatile experience for those with superpowers. They are also a class of minorities, who are fighting for their equal rights. This story platforms all of that, and most importantly, it platforms Emma Frost. (10/10)
Words by Jason Aaron. Art by Javier Garron.
I’ve always liked Moon Knight, but in his mystery there has always been a lack of detail that has rubbed me the wrong way. Here though, Aaron and Garron are steering directly into that mystery and seem to be suggesting maybe that mystery is where his power is drawn the greatest. I can’t wait to see where Moon Knight goes from here and for fans respect for the character to grow every page of the way. (9.5/10)
Dead Day #1
Words by Ryan Parrott. Art by Evgeniy Bornyakov.
This contrast between attitudes works wonderfully to build all the tension and mystery you’d expect from a story like Dead Day, and also presents some down-to-earth elements you might not expect quite as much. This combination helps to create a persistent feeling throughout this first issue that something big is brewing in the distance and every character is waiting for something to happen. (9/10)
Frankenstein Undone #2
Words by Mike Mignola & Scott Allie. Art by Ben Stenbeck.
As far as monster epics go, this issue has a lot to love. The mystery and awe-inspiring reveals, but also a bit of fight and adventure, too. There is enough here to wax poetic over the monster, but also enough to get the blood pumping. This is an adventure that’s being written and drawn in such a way I wish there was a soundtrack. I can almost hear the creaking of the icebergs around the old ships or the sneezes of men the monster walks by. (9/10)