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!
Sex Criminals #69
Words by Matt Fraction. Art by Chip Zdarsky.
More than just a collection of sex jokes, Zdarsky and Fraction have crafted a wonderful series dedicated to the relationships people have with one another in Sex Criminals. It’s a beautiful rendering of characters that give us perspective into our own interior lives. (10/10)
–Arbaz M. Khan
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1
Words and Art by a big team of talent.
‘The Last Ronin’ is a dream come true for Ninja Turtles fans. It feels like the culmination of the original run of the series, and then some. It’s absolutely a must-read for anyone who loves these characters and their world. (10/10)
The Department of Truth #2
Words by James Tynion IV. Art by Martin Simmonds.
The Department of Truth is a series filled with possibilities, feels like it’s breaking new ground, and it’s exciting no matter the medium. You could dislike comics and still find this premise exciting. This is an innovative idea from two creators at the peak of their careers which will affect you emotionally. The sheer invention of The Department of Truth sets it apart for horror comics and comics in general. (9.5/10)
Words by Rodney Barnes. Art by Jason Shawn Alexander.
One of the most gripping aspects of this book is the way Jason Shawn Alexander depicts the world of Killadelphia. It’s in such adept hands through the way Alexander brings vibrancy and a swath of different art forms together — this book upholds a type of beauty that is rare in monthly books. Alexander’s own works are what bookends this issue, and if you weren’t scared from the story you just finished, the back matter is sure to give you a fright. (9.5/10)
–Arbaz M. Khan
Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1
Words by Jefff Lemire. Art by Tyler Crook.
This is a standout comic longtime Back Hammer readers will love, but newbies who dabble can enjoy too. As a standalone comic book Colonel Weird: Cosmagog is exceptionally written, plotted, and illustrated. If you’re like me and are loving the soon to be finished Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy, you’d do well to jump on board with this new series. (9.5/10)
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