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 Zac Thompson. Art by Jen Hickman.
Sensual, surreal, haunting, this issue is a highlight of a series that was a highlight of my year. Horror comics are becoming more popular and good and ‘Lonely Receiver’ belongs right at the top. (10/10)
Words by Dan Watters. Art by Caspar Wijngaard.
Home Sick Pilots is a wildly inventive twist on the haunted house concept, wrapped in a blanket of strong characters, great art, and a measured sense of timing. It also harnesses a mystery in its concept that’ll have you coming back for more. In many respects, Home Sick Pilots will have you walking on a razor’s edge of electrifying, scary, inspiring, and gripping emotions. It’s a dangerous new entry from all its creators. (9.5/10)
Words by Kelly Thompson. Art by Lee Garbett & Belen Ortega.
As far as current Marvel titles go, Captain Marvel is consistently one of the best. Thompson’s writing is quick-witted, funny, and emotional, and Garbett’s pencils get the job done with an extra bang. Seeing how this arc ends and seeing what Thompson does next with the character are two very exciting inevitabilities for the future. (9.5/10)
Words and art by a whole bunch of talented folks.
Clever, cunning, thought-provoking… not necessarily words you’d expect to apply to a black and white Batman comic, but Batman Black & White #1 is a great return for the series with a lot of bang-for-your-buck action and storytelling ideas. Each story is gorgeously rendered, maximizing the dark shadows and flashes of light that bring so much drama to Batman, aided by clever ideas found in all five of its stories. Batman Black & White is no ordinary comic book. (9.5/10)
Words by Scott Snyder. Art by Rafael Albuquerque.
American Vampire 1976 has it all, from tense action to a fun adventure, visual horror, and a deep sense of human frailty. There’s a rich history within its pages begging readers to do their due diligence and read the back issues, but at the same time, this narrative works on its own. (9/10)
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