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Fantastic Five: Week of April 21, 2021

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Fantastic Five: Week of April 21, 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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Nightwing #79

Words by Tom Taylor. Art by Bruno Redondo.

Nightwing #79 is a perfect followup to last issue, with excellent world building. I know these sites and characters are not new, but this book is laying down solid foundation while planting new seeds that should entertain classic fans and enrapture new ones. Amazing art and wonderful words come together under this big top! (10/10)

–Christopher Franey

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Way of X #1

Words by Si Spurrier. Art by Bob Quinn.

If you enjoyed X-Men: Legacy, you’ll absolutely enjoy Way of X. And if you’ve been interested in the more philosophical elements of Krakoa, this title gives you all the food you wanted and more. Way of X‘s first issue might just be the most exciting installment in the Krakoa era in a long time, and Si Spurrier and Bob Quinn are the perfect duo to provide this book. (9.5/10)

–Lia Galanis

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Radiant Black #3

Words by Kyle Higgins. Art by Marcello Costa.

Radiant Black continues to be a book that’s got my interest piqued. Indie superhero stories are a dime a dozen, and it’s not easy to stand out in such a sea of talented creators putting their own spin on the genre. But what Higgins and Costa really manage to do is grab you, and make this world feel fresh and exciting. I can’t wait for more to come. (9.5/10)

–Reg Cruickshank

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Eternals #4

Words by Kieron Gillen. Art by Esad Ribic.

Indeed, on the whole, Eternals issue four feels like a deep, sharp breath before the plunge. The players are acting. The stage and set are on full display. The core themes – first among them the Eternals’ struggle to truly change and their habit of falling into destructive and self-destructive patterns – are growing richer and more directly engaged with the text. (9/10)

–Justin Harrison

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The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1

Words by Ram V. Art by Filipe Andrade.

This is a comic that will make you laugh, but it is not a funny story in the traditional sense. V is working in the tradition of magical realism, which turns jousts between the gods into the stuff of quotidian, corporate nightmares while scenes as regular as a college student sitting near a skyscraper window read as unnaturally poetic. (9/10)

–Dan Spinelli

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