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 Donny Cates. Art by Geoff Shaw.
From the outset, Crossover really shows off the confidence it has in itself. To focus on something so intimate rather than a spectacle is something I haven’t seen since The Leftovers (Go see it, changed my life). Overall, Cates has set a precedence of taking great feats of spectacle and making them resonate through the emotional relationships that tie them together. (10/10)
–Arbaz M. Khan
Words by Zac Thompson. Art by Jen Hickman.
Really, my opinion is that much of the book needs to be experienced, especially for Jen Hickman’s art. They’re art is particularly suited for horror, I think, but there’s a gentleness about the line work that just works, and the colors are an expert’s example of how to control tone and pace throughout a comic. (9.5/10)
Words by Gerry Duggan & Benjamin Percy. Art by Stefano Caselli.
This is one of the strongest chapters in the event for fans of the characters. Marauders #14 perfects the art of social chatter and gatherings — only with superheroes and a giant alligator man. (9.5/10)
Words by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Mahmud Asrar & Leinil Francis Yu.
X-Men #14 is yet another example of how X of Swords isn’t all just fight-comics and familiar characters, but built on the back of a grand fantasy world begging to be explored. X-Men #14 shows X of Swords is built on a world that is huge, extraordinary, and an imaginative blend of sci-fi fantasy.(9/10)
Words by James Tynion IV. Art by Carlos D’Anda.
Batman #102 is the first part of the “Ghost Stories” story arc and it captures the ideology of Ghost-Maker well while establishing the methodical nature of Batman. It also juggles other plot elements well. This is a Batman series that’s generous with story and action.(9/10)
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