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 Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
The hype behind Three Jokers is real. I know a lot of us have been waiting a long time for this miniseries to be released, but the wait was worth it. Excellent artwork presents a mystery that will leave you with lots of questions in the perfect opener for a story that may change what we know about the Joker. (10/10)
Words by James Tynion IV. Art by Michael Dialynas.
Wynd #3 continues to be a great mix of fantasy storytelling and allegory. It’s a tale that has a deeper meaning, but also entertains on other levels too. Wynd is a good fantasy that mixes allegory and adventure cutting deeply into why fiction is so good for us. (9.5/10)
Words by Mark Russell. Art by Steve Pugh.
Satire gets less funny the closer the 2020 inches towards Russell’s script, but for now, Billionaire Island is still a very amusing story. Mark Russell is one of those writers that readers ought to keep track of so they know whenever his next book is out. If current events ever get you down, there’s always this series to surmise what’s going on with a tongue-in-cheek attitude that’s sure to make you laugh. (9.5/10)
Words by Si Spurrier. Art by Matías Bergara.
‘The Favourite’ doesn’t pull any punches. It’s unsettling and nihilistic, yet strangely funny at times. It’s also easily one of the best issues of the series so far. (9/10)
Words by Tom Taylor. Art by Daniel Sampere.
There are brutal moments in this book where a well-chosen close up of a bad guy, or the crunching sound effects, help amplify the pain and distress in a scene. By the end, you’ll feel for these characters and want them to find the justice they seek. You’ll also fall in love with them a bit to the point where it’s shocking they’re only a few months old and will pray Taylor doesn’t kill them off — as he’s wont to do with this series — before the end this December. (9/10)