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Fantastic Five: Week of March 31, 2021

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Fantastic Five: Week of March 31, 2021

The best reviewed comic books of the week on AIPT.

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!

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #6

Words by Tom Peyer & Robert T. Jeschone. Art by Greg Scott.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #6 closes out a great run of horror/comedy comics. Poe is the gift that keeps on giving at AHOY. Each story is worth picking up on their own, but together, the issue is an absolute bargain. Do yourself a favor and check it out. (9.5/10)

–Alex McDonald

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Silk #1

Words by Maurene Goo. Art by Takeshi Miyazawa.

Silk #1 is a great start that firmly establishes the character for new readers while also carrying forward the character for longtime fans. This issue is incredibly economical with its scenes and once you put it down it’ll feel like you got extra story. The beauty of this story is how Cindy is actually good at most of what she does, but it’s the people and circumstances in her life that add the conflict. For that, Silk is an inspiring hero for readers of all ages and this is a great start to her latest series. (9.5/10)

–David Brooke

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X-Men #19

Words by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Mahmud Asrar.

X-Men #19 might just be the best issue of this series thus far, introducing high stakes and great character work. It’ll be interesting to see how Krakoa reacts moving forward — and how the Children of the Vault will reappear. (9/10)

–Lia Galanis

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Witchblood #1

Words by Matthew Erman. Art by Lisa Sterle.

It’s not yet clear where these characters are going (or even quite where they’re coming from), but there is a lot of fun groundwork laid in this first issue. There’s a certain excitement that comes from being dropped right into this world without much explanation. There’s already a huge amount of history and lore being hinted at here by Erman’s script, and I can’t wait to see how this creative team explores the world they’ve created. (9/10)

–Nathan Simmons

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Beta Ray Bill #1

Words and art by Daniel Warren Johnson.

That aspect of Johnson’s story has me most intrigued, though fans will love some of the more awesome set pieces here, including a clash with a Knullified Fin Fang Doom that has Johnson’s customarily huge sound effects and contains maybe the funniest line of the book—and also one of the saddest. It’s not a spoiler to note that Bill’s defining relationship to Thor has been one of mutual respect, but also jealousy. (9/10)

–Dan Spinelli

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