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!
Lost Soldiers #1
Words by Ales Kot. Art by Luca Casalanguida.
In its first issue, Lost Soldiers enamors the reader into learning about the way men hurt and devour each other’s souls whole. Ales Kot has always been a master at his craft, but he has evolved in his time since Zero. Even more than a writer, Kot is a diagnostician necessary in these unknowing times. I just hope we can all heal from this. But know: the past is a bullet. (10/10)
–Arbaz M. Khan
Sleeping Beauties #2
Words by Rio Youers. Art by Alison Sampson.
This is a strongly written adaptation that had me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. Though the subject matter may be a lot for folks currently living through a pandemic, I can’t say enough how exceptionally written and drawn this book is every panel of the way. Sleeping Beauties offers disorienting pleasures of horror and identity as a pandemic begins to wreak havoc on an unprepared community — a narrative that’s shockingly real given the pandemic today. (9.5/10)
Suicide Squad #7
Words by Tom Taylor. Art by Daniel Sampere.
This is going to go down as one of the greatest Suicide Squad runs ever. It never loses sight of the humanity in its characters and whatever happens feels important to the characters, the scene, and the book itself. (9.5/10)
Words by Joe Hill. Art by Stuart Immonen.
Plunge #5 is a great issue as it pushes the plot forward well while delivering big answers. At this point you’ll be so invested in the characters you’ll be on the edge of your seat praying they make it. Oh, and also hope Earth doesn’t get destroyed too. (9/10)
Words by Leah Williams. Art by David Baldeon.
Leah Williams understands these characters and writes them with the perfect level of snark. I would have never thought to put any of these mutants together, but it works and creates a very interesting dynamic. Plus Northstar is in charge, and that’s awesome. (9/10)