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 and art by Bowen McCurdy.
With a fun and spooky premise and characters that are instantly lovable, ‘Specter Inspectors’ is off to a great start. Show up for the ghosts, stay for the queer romance. (9.5/10)
Words by Ram V. Art by Mike Perkins.
Future State: Swamp Thing tells a story that is profoundly sad and surprisingly uplifting, apocalyptic yet hopeful. It’s everything that’s great about the title character and then some, and it should have readers chomping at the bit for Ram V and Mike Perkins’ next Swamp Thing project. (9.5/10)
Words by Christa Faust. Art by Mike Deodato.
Redemption #1 is a fresh, feminist take on the post-apocalyptic western. Full of harsh atmosphere and bloody revenge, it is not to be missed by fans of the genre, or anyone who’s interested in a grimdark heroine who’s a bit different. I can’t wait to see where this team takes the story. (9/10)
Words by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Javier Rodriguez.
The Dreaming: Waking Hours #7 is a great second issue in a story arc that is at the height of imaginative writing and artistry. The wow factor is lessoned by comparison to the first issue, but it’s a nice reminder of how high of a bar this series has set. (9/10)
Words and Art by Maria Llovet.
A beautifully drawn and deeply evocative story, ‘Luna’ is a mature book with an interesting tone and atmosphere, one that I want to see continue to be explored. (9/10)
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