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 Ryan North. Art by Nico Leon.
Power Pack #1 strikes the coveted balance of being completely accessible to new readers while providing enough references to past lore to overjoy even the most seasoned fan. (10/10)
Words by John Ridley. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Taken as a whole, ‘The Other History of the DC Universe’ #1 delivers a spectacular debut. Ridley’s writing is fresh and challenging alongside the inventive artistic talent of Camuncoli, Cucchi, and Villarrubia. This is a debut that earns its merit as a prestige series and sets the stage for a grand examination of DC’s history. (10/10)
Words by Christopher Cantwell. Art by Salvador Larroca.
As the penultimate issue of Doctor Doom, the creative team has set up a finale where Dr. Doom might break bad (more so than usual), or go the route of savior hero. It’s too early to say. Considering his headspace in this issue, it’s an exciting moment for the character that has made the finale a must-read. Doctor Doom is a powerful portrait of a flawed perfectionist that is consistently engrossing. (9.5/10)
Words by Tini Howard & Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz.
X of Swords: Destruction is a great end to an incredible event. This issue perfectly wraps up everything X of Swords: Creation started and then some, setting forth a new direction for key characters, the entire X-Men line, and the expectations of readers with future superhero events. X of Swords: Destruction is a towering achievement of gripping drama woven into an intense battle sequence. (9.5/10)
Words by Si Spurrier. Art by Aaron Campbell.
John Constantine: Hellblazer was an absolutely brilliant series, and it gives me no pleasure to say goodbye to it. However, I feel that this creative team gave it a send-off worthy of its overarching themes and the eternal struggle the title character has with his demons. (9/10)
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