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!
All-America Comix #1
Words by Joe Casey. Art by Dustin Nguyen.
‘All-America Comix’ is the kind of experiment you want to see more of, especially if you’re tired of superhero comics. It’s filled with wit, creativity, and a sense of excitement. Casey and Nguyen make a strong statement that superheroes can feel different, but still bring you the joy and impact of the best #1 issues in comic book history. Add ‘All-America Comix’ to that pile. (10/10)
Words by Justin Jordan. Art by Niko Henrichon.
Reaver #9 brings a lot of clarity to the Devil’s son, Essen Breaker’s character. It combines his past with his present and creates a clear future for what he’s going to do next. Henrichon’s illustrations remain solid, realistic, and adds just the right flavor this story needs. Bravo to all parties involved. Reaver #9 is worth checking out. (9.5/10)
Hawkeye: Freefall #6
Words by Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Otto Schmidt.
Solid conclusion to a miniseries that contained a lot of humor and action. Rosenberg and Schmidt combined to make an awesome chemistry that made for a humorous, adventure packed, emotional story that looks to be setting Hawkeye up for a major change in status quo. (9.5/10)
Billionaire Island #2
Words by Mark Russell. Art by Steve Pugh.
This is to say nothing of the critiques of the financial industry and the modern economic structure of the United States that sit at the heart of Billionaire Island, as readers can clearly see in the one-percenter utopia of Freedom United. Pugh brings the average person’s horrors to life with his depictions of the Alan Greenspan Fun Academy and The Invisible Hand Massage Parlor in the skyline, painful reminders of the failures of the way Reagonomics set the country on its current path of income inequality in the 1980s and of Adam Smith, the de facto godfather of capitalism, from whom these issues plaguing modern society have trickled down. (9.5/10)
Devil’s Highway #1
Words by Benjamin Percy. Art by Brent Schoonover.
This is a strong example of how well a comic can deliver a story no matter how ordinary the characters and world are. Devil’s Highway is a suspenseful detective thriller with a haunting quality noir fans won’t want to miss. (9/10)