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 Chip Zdarsky. Art by Marco Checchetto.
Daredevil #25 is a fantastic character-driven issue that doesn’t focus on the main character. Beautiful art and compelling story come together to give us a new character and direction that will impact the current story…now the question is, is that character genuine? (10/10)
Words by Christopher Cantwell. Art by Filipe Andrade.
Fantastic Four: Road Trip #1 is a delightful escape from your average superhero story delivering on a body horror adventure David Cronenberg fans will love. The powers this team exhibits are actually quite disturbing if you stop and think about real people having them and the creative team captures the horror by turning those powers up to 11. (9.5/10)
Words by N.K. Jemisin. Art by Jamal Campbell.
For me, that’s the real strength and power of Far Sector: it uses its fictional setting to tell stories that are easy to relate to, especially in 2020, and it does so in a way that explains the issues. What I really love is that it’s done in a way that doesn’t feel like homework, and doesn’t feel heavy-handed. Even the very basic concept of Green Lanterns being space cops is something that the series continues to play with and reference but isn’t made the whole point of the thing. It’s talked about and confronted , but the story is able to not just be about those ideas, and the plot is entertaining even without the commentary. Of course, the commentary works, and frames the series in a big way, but I don’t think the main plot and investigation relies on it. (9.5/10)
Words by Patton Oswalt & Jordan Blum. Art by Scott Hepburn.
Make no mistake, M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games is an action comic with plenty of fighting and fight scenes. As such, it’s lighter on contemplative storytelling, but it’s also a story featuring M.O.D.O.K. and humor so take from that what you will. Come for the over-the-top violence, but stay for a M.O.D.O.K. who finally has a new purpose. (9/10)
Words by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Nick Robles.
The Dreaming: Waking Hours is an excellent series capped off by a satisfying ending for its first story arc. Once again, this series is littered with moments of great and sublime beauty. (9/10)
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