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Fantastic Five: Week of June 16, 2021

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Fantastic Five: Week of June 16, 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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Sonic the Hedgehog #41

Words by Ian Flynn. Art by Adam Bryce Thomas.

Overall, this is a great issue. I’m a big fan of Ian Flynn’s long work on Sonic, and it’s always great to see him get to play around with this property more. The man knows what he’s doing, and while I’m sure he’s enjoying the break from his nearly unbroken decade-plus streak of being in charge of Sonic’s comic adventures, I’m happy to see him come back, refreshed and ready to tell some great stories. I am eager to also see where Evan Stanley plans to go when she returns, but between two fantastic talents helming the books right now, you really can’t lose if you’re a Sonic fan. (9.5/10)

–Reg Cruickshank

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Superman Red & Blue #4

Words & art by a big team of talented creators.

This issue is one of the strongest in the series yet. My only gripe is that not every story is about Superman, which somewhat strays from the series in some respect, but the main purpose is to reveal the core of these characters using limited colors. Even more so, every story here inspires in some new or thoughtful way making you fall in love with Superman all over again. (9.5/10)

–David Brooke

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Nightwing #81

Words by Tom Taylor. Art by Bruno Redondo.

If you have gotten your copy of issue #81, you should be good, and if you haven’t, then get to your local comic shop.  With this issue’s revelation, I feel this will be soaring on the secondary market due to its impact on Dick Grayson.  Issues #78 and #79 have sold out and went to a second printing, and I think this will join their ranks — it might even make issue #80 harder to find to complete the set. So if this comic is on your pull list, you know my joy and if you’re on the fence, well, I hope my words help make you a believer. Issue #82 can’t get here fast enough! (9.5/10)

–Christopher Franey

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Radiant Black #5

Words by Kyle Higgins. Art by Marcello Costa & Eduardo Ferigato.

Radiant Black is the superhero book we need but don’t deserve. It raises so many questions and leaves us on such a great cliffhanger you’ll be begging Image to push the release date up for the next volume. Writer Kyle Higgins and artists Eduardo Ferigato and Marcelo Costa have created a fantastic and standout issue that phenomenally closes the first arc. (9/10)

–Ronnie Gorham

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Catwoman #32

Words by Ram V. Art by Evan Cagle.

Who is Selina Kyle? Writer Ram V and guest artist Evan Cagle answer across varying vignettes as Selina’s pursuers are treated to stories of her past. (8.5/10)

–Dan Spinelli

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