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 James Tynion IV. Art by Jorge Jimenez.
This issue is a fantastic second installment of the arc, with huge drama and action that creates a tough scenario. Jorge Jimenez absolutely kills the artwork on these pages, making the chaos beautiful and really showing a ragged Dark Knight at his wits end, still standing. Jorge really cuts loose on the “commercial” that tells us we must make it to the movies — the fear and pain in the victim’s presence are spectacular. There are two more parts that were excellently done by James and Jorge where Batman has to show he is still a force to be reckoned with, and just wait till you get to the Gotham Cut of The Mark of Zorro. No line is too far for the Joker to cross. (10/10)
Words by N.K. Jemisin. Art by Jamal Campbell.
Far Sector #7 is a triumph of ideas and its execution on them. Science fiction is a genre that tends to drift and meander by utilizing tropes we’ve seen a thousand times over, and yet a comic book like this comes along that drops the hammer and excites. Read this if you value science fiction ingenuity. (9.5/10)
Words by Robert Kirkman. Art by Chris Samnee.
Fire Power is a crowning achievement of how something so simple and usually boring can be intriguing and interesting. Fire Power is poignant, funny, heartfelt, and filled with adventure, and we haven’t even gotten to the punching yet. It’s a celebration of family in the face of dangers outside the home. (9.5/10)
Words by Dan Slott & Al Ewing. Art by Valerio Schiti.
I continue to like this event thanks to its spot-on pace and great art that seems to find a way to dazzle on every single page. The grand schemes of this event tie to so many heroes, and so much Avengers history that you’ll be hard-pressed not to enjoy its magnitude. Plus, it comes out weekly with very little wait time. Empyre #4 delivers as it goes against your expectations. (9/10)
Words by Tom King. Art by Mitch Gerards & Evan “Doc” Shaner.
It’s beginning to become clear his purpose in the book isn’t just to investigate Adam, but serve as a juxtaposition comparatively with Adam Strange. On the one hand, we have Adam’s shiny, public, false persona and on the other, we have the gritty and impressive Mr. Terrific doing the work. There seems to be a thread to understand about these science heroes being incredibly different. In that difference lies truth likely to be further examined as the series goes on. (9/10)