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!
Green Lantern 80th Anniversary #1
Words and art by a lot of incredible talent. See them all here.
This is a fantastic journey across 80 years of Green Lantern. Fans will be treated to amazing moments with their favorite Lantern, and there is plenty to learn from all the Earth-based GLs in these stories. Make sure your Lantern is charged up as you read across these 100 pages packed with creators galore. (10/10)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #105
Words and art by Tom Waltz, Sophie Campbell, and Kevin Eastman.
This issue is reminiscent of the books of the French New Wave, which allows for these simple etchings that can ruminate on a subject and are more meditative than rushed. Campbell succeeds in allowing each issue to breathe, but also have these beautiful moments that can just excite. A standout of this run has been the character of Jennika being the catalyst for how everyone is able to bring each other together. (10/10)
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John Constantine: Hellblazer #7
Words by Si Spurrier. Art by Aaron Campbell.
Spurrier and co. are on a roll here. It’s wonderfully telling that John knows who is behind his recent hardships, but still refuses to acknowledge the nature of his enemy directly. John has always had a problem with confronting his own demons. Spurrier has just made that basic component of the character more literal than ever. (10/10)
Suicide Squad #6
Words by Tom Taylor. Art by Bruno Redondo.
A fabulous issue that never lets you forget how human these characters are. Batman is once again written perfectly by Taylor and Redondo will make you squeal, laugh, and shout thanks to his impressive lines. Suicide Squad lives up to the hype and then some. (9.5/10)
Captain America: Marvels Snapshot #1
Words by Kurt Busiek. Art by Mark Russell.
This is an important story and a comic book. The series of one-shot tales continues to impress as it connects superheroes to a reality that is not so far off from our own. Most importantly it’s a reminder that storytelling, even with superheroes, has an important part to play in educating us about what is really going on around us. (9.5/10)