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!
Bad Mother #2
Words by Christa Faust. Art by Mike Deodato.
Bad Mother #2 helps sell the emotional aspect of the first issue and stacks the deck against the main character, April. It’ll be interesting to see what she does next to try and get her daughter back. Otherwise, the pacing, writing, and art are all solid here. (9.5/10)
Words by Gerry Duggan. Art by Matteo Lolli.
This is a capital-I Important comic, and a very good one. It’s a big step, and one that everyone should read. This is one of the best issues of Marauders so far, and an emotional one that is one of the best Kate Pryde stories in recent memory. (9.5/10)
The Amazing Spider-Man #48
Words by Nick Spencer. Art by Marcelo Ferreira.
This is one of the strongest issues I’ve read of The Amazing Spider-Man since Nick Spencer’s first story arc. It captures the struggle Spider-Man must go through to interact with the Green Goblin as a hero even though he has every right to hate and even wants to kill him. That struggle is at the core of what makes Spider-Man great, and to see him question it is an exciting and dark time for the character. All this, and there’s still more to reveal with secrets hinted at yet to be revealed, but likely coming in the milestone The Amazing Spider-Man #850. (9/10)
Words by Leah Williams. Art by David Baldeon.
X-Factor #3 is the best issue of the series yet, maximizing the detective adventure and supplying an interesting commentary on corporate greed with an expert handle of its characters. X-Factor is a crowd-pleaser for a variety of crowds. (9/10)
Words by Benjamin Percy. Art by Oscar Bazaldua.
X-Force #12 is tense and involving as it unfurls new dangers and surprising wrinkles in an ever-interesting story about xenophobia and trusting one another. X-Force maximizes its espionage themes with mature ambiguity in a package that’s thrilling. (9/10)