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 Dave Wielgosz. Art by Sumit Kumar.
Exploding with wonderful artwork, Man-Bat #3 is an excellent examination of Kirk Langstrom and his alter-ego. By painting the character as an individual who wants to do good but whose actions aren’t heroic, Dave Wielgosz has struck gold. We are presented with an imperfect character who we want to see succeed despite these imperfections. Additionally, Wielgosz’s work with the supporting cast is perfect in this issue as he empowers them and focuses on their abilities. All of this perfect analysis is bolstered by Sumit Kumar’s excellent artwork and Romulo Fajardo Jr.’s colors. (Also, is there a reference to Batman: The Animated Series in the newspaper headlines?” (10/10)
Words by Ram V. Art by Mike Perkins.
The Swamp Thing #2 gives longtime fans of the character some exciting moments to dissect, and further cements this new elemental as an important part of the wider DC Universe. (9/10)
Words by James Tynion IV. Art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz & Jorge Jimenez.
Tynion IV and Jiminez give readers every reason to come back to this series for Batman #108. The story is developing in interesting ways, the characters are becoming more interesting, and there’s the promise of finally exploring the Unsanity Collective in a classic Batman way. (9/10)
Words by Scott Snyder. Art by Tony S. Daniel.
Nocterra #2 not only highlights themes such as heaven and hell, but Tony S. Daniel’s art and Tomeu Morey’s colors truly illuminate the pages. From the grotesque anatomy of a Shade to flickering, neon lights, almost every panel features a dynamic and captivating aesthetic that perfectly captures the post-apocalyptic mood. A great issue that continues Val’s journey. (9/10)
Words by Steve Orlando. Art by Patrick Piazzalunga.
In addition to his impressive handling of Project: Patron as a work of pastiche, Orlando’s scripting is strong throughout. The Project’s team dynamic is clear and carries with it a similar weight to the Patron’s history (which is appropriate, given that collectively they are the Patron). He juggles the many plates that give a good conspiracy story its character smoothly. When one breaks, it’s because Orlando means for it to break. After all, what’s a good conspiracy without a dagger or two to the heart? (9/10)
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