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 Martin Simmonds.
The Department of Truth #1 is as savvy as it is suspenseful, spine-tingling in an unnerving way, and a rare read that feels brand new once you put it down. This book is perfect for the super well-read comics fan, or the sci-fi fanatic X-Files fan. (10/10)
Words by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
I really enjoy what Jason Fabok is doing with the covers on this series. Granted, there are a lot of variant covers to choose from, but I am so glad that the main covers of this series are the three different Jokers we see as characters in this story. I guess when you put these three issues together with The Killing Joke, you could have four of a kind. This issue’s cover features “the Criminal” Joker, and I just love the look of him — he seems like he would be a great cerebral character that just has this tic to him instead of a super villain clown. (10/10)
Words by Dan Slott. Art by Paco Medina.
This is a great feel-good one-shot that melds the X-Men with the Fantastic Four well. As Slott said, the hidden story idea works as it helps inform readers on new details while connecting us with characters in a new way. More and more, Fantastic Four is wholesome and caters to the entire family. It has action, strong familial moments, history for the older readers, and likable young characters too. It’s got the entire package. (9/10)
Words by Si Spurrier. Art by Matias Bergara.
Spurrier does an incredible job of writing the younger and elder Constantines’ dialogues in ways that differentiate them, but still make it clear that these are very much the same old bastard. Old Man John’s plan finally starts to come into focus, and it’s revealed in a clever way that befits the character’s M.O. (9/10)
Words by Jeff Lemire. Art by Michael del Mundo.
The Immortal Hulk: The Threshing Place is the perfect Hulk story both for readers who loved the classic monster version of Hulk and for those who have enjoyed the recent run. This is a version of Hulk that’s terrifying and yet holds the preciousness of life dear. This is a story about how an untamed monster finds justice in a world where justice is hard to come by due to the nature of protected entities larger than ourselves. (9/10)