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!
Words by Benjamin Percy. Art by Adam Kubert.
Oftentimes, Wolverine titles will be about Logan slashing his way through a bunch of anti-mutant bigots, or they are about which one of Logan’s exes are there to fight him. Every once in a while, though, we get a good story about Logan self-healing or finding peace within himself, and that is exactly what Wolverine is about, especially in this issue. (10/10)
New Mutants #11
Words by Ed Brisson. Art by Flaviano Armentaro.
Issue #11 of New Mutants is strong. Ed Brisson does not hold back when writing heavy politics into the X-Men universe. The New Mutants aid Carnelia with a mutant who’s nightmare powers are warping reality around her. The government can’t do anything, so The New Mutants are there to de-escalate the situation without anyone getting hurt. The President and media have a different plan, though: one to shoot all of the mutants on sight. (10/10)
Words by Cecil Castellucci. Art by Robbi Rodriguez.
If there is any justice to come from Joker War, it’s that hopefully this particular installment of the crossover will be remembered as one of the very best single issue Joker stories, as well as an iconic moment in Batgirl’s history. Let this be remembered as the day that Barbara Gordon got to look the Joker in the eye and show him why he should never come for her again. (10/10)
Words by Chip Zdarsky. Art by Marco Checchetto.
Seriously, this issue, like much of the series, gets top marks in regards to story, art, and character. This is the perfect jumping on point because what is going to come next may blow your mind. Other comics have the “aftermath” issue and this was one of them, but the drama doesn’t stop. Great forward movement of plot points and strong growth for Matt Murdock. (10/10)
Words by James Tynion IV. Art by Jorge Jimenez.
The Joker plays a big part in this issue as well, deciding to take a trip to the Monarch Theatre to make a purchase. He’s filled the theater with a Joker Toxin-infected audience, but the main shocker is in the movie he is planning on showing: The Mark of Zorro. Holy cinema, Batman! How much does the Joker know about Batman, and why start using this info to terrorize him? This was an excellent jump back into the series and a great part opener Joker War. It was a great return for this fan. (9.5/10)