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 Ryan North. Art by Nico Leon.
If you’ve ever wanted to get into the Power Pack, this comic is a great place to start and if you’re a longtime fan of the series, this mini does the characters justice. It may just be the most wholesome book on the market right now. (10/10)
Words by Chip Zdarsky. Art by Pasqual Ferry.
This is looking to be a great story of the struggle of a good man as he has to fight his own dark inner impulses, and Chip inflicts some real torture on his main characters. There is also a write up after the story from Chip that just gives you a rundown of what to expect from this new era. Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #1 is the perfect opener to this, and I really look forward to what else is coming from this new run of What If! (10/10)
Words by Tom King. Art by Jorge Fornés.
Overall, Rorschach #7 is a great opener for the second half of this mystery. We still don’t know much, but the line between sane and insane are blurring, which makes for thought-provoking reading. I enjoyed the dose of reality that is in this issue and can’t wait to see where it leads us next. (9.5/10)
Words by Dan Watters. Art by Caspar Wijngaard.
And that’s how this series has solidified itself as an incredible one to watch. This fifth issue identifies key players, but also key ways the rules that have been slowly revealed to readers can be used in interesting ways. Home Sick Pilots juggles ambiance, teen angst, and exciting ideas with a verve only comics can bring. If you know anyone sour on comics in general, give them this adrenaline shot of color and creativity to remind them comics can take you to a unique place worth exploring. (9.5/10)
Words by Joe Hill. Art by Gabriel Rodriguez.
Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone is everything you’d want from this crossover and everything you expect from its creators. It’s incredibly clear a lot of work, planning, and time went into this project. There is certainly a learning curve if you haven’t explored one, and especially both, worlds, but that is likely a factor readers will take into account when considering this book. All told, this is a good melding of both worlds and even better execution in comic book craft. (9/10)
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