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!
The Recount #1
Words by Jonathan Hendrick. Art by Gabriel Ibarra Nunez.
The Recount offers a unique narrative that properly captures the emotive force that Americans are experiencing as a result of the recent elections, and hones in on the anger that comes as a result of people feeling disenfranchised from the institutions they uphold. (9.5/10)
–Arbaz M. Khan
Words by Tini Howard. Art by Phil Noto.
Excalibur #14 is a memorable installment to the X of Swords saga. Tini Howard effortlessly puts together a fast-paced and emotional narrative, which is given an enchanted quality by artist Phil Noto. This is a definite high point of the Excalibur series. (9.5/10)
Words by Tom Taylor. Art by Daniele Di Nicuolo.
Seven Secrets continues to be one of the best action comics on the stands today. It deftly mixes mystery and intrigue with a narrative that’s hard to pin down making for an exciting page-turner. (9/10)
Words by Scott Snyder. Art by Rafael Albuquerque.
The stakes are effectively raised in American Vampire 1976 #2 and the monsters are revealed. This has the historical weight of each scene wrapped in moments of dark psychological impact you won’t want to miss. (9/10)
Words by Mike Mignola. Art by Adam Hughes.
Experts of their respective crafts, Mignola, Hughes, and Robins have truly delivered a fantastic one-shot. From the gruesome mystery that lays at the story’s core to the exemplary artwork, everything in this book works together beautifully. Though an over-sized one-shot could have given the story a bit more breathing room, the issue works well regardless. Do not miss out on this terrific entry into the Hellboy mythos. (9/10)
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