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Fantastic Five: Week of May 5, 2021

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Fantastic Five: Week of May 5, 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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The Swamp Thing #3

Words by Ram V. Art by Mike Perkins.

The third issue of ‘The Swamp Thing’ is a visual feast that represents a creative team at the top of its game. It’s also a joy for longtime fans of the character, full of intriguing callbacks and new discoveries. (10/10)

–Nathan Simmons

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Hollow Heart #3

Words by Paul Allor. Art by Paul Tucker.

Allor and Tucker are on their way to writing a triumph of a series with Hollow Heart. Issue #3 is a deeply layered, intelligent study of subjectivity, justice, and trauma. Between the art and the writing, every detail feels intentional. Much like the installments before it, Hollow Heart #3 is an outstanding single-issue — one that will inevitably become part of something bigger. (10/10)

–Alexandra Iciek

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Nocterra #3

Words by Scott Snyder. Art by Tony S. Daniel.

The action has truly kicked into high gear as Val’s escape takes a turn for the worst in this addictive post-apocalyptic series. Snyder does a fantastic job building on the dynamics between various characters and the tension continually leaves us on the edge of our seats. Daniel and Morey’s art and colors continue to beautifully capture a gritty post-apocalyptic setting. This is simply another must-read issue. (9/10)

–Noelle Reyes

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The Good Asian #1

Words by Pornsak Pichetshote. Art by Alexandre Tefenkgi.

The Good Asian #1 not only starts conversations, but is a memorable and impactful comic. It’s great to see stories that show the progress we’ve made over time and the bridges we still need to cross. Pichetshote and Tefenkgi’s vision rings loud and clear. It’ll be interesting to see how far they push the envelope with future issues. (9/10)

–Ronnie Gorham

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Marauders #20

Words by Gerry Duggan. Art by Stefano Caselli.

This is a nice one-shot story that focuses on the many exploits of Storm and how her teammates on the Marauders perceive her. She’s a warrior, a leader, a surgeon, and a fighter and she’s a sum of all those parts. What makes this comic truly exceptional is how great all the character acting is and how every reaction and expression tells another tale in itself. Marauders #20 is brimming with humanity through storytelling. (9/10)

–David Brooke

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