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Fantastic Five: Week of June 23, 2021

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Fantastic Five: Week of June 23, 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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Infinite Frontier #1

Words by Joshua Williamson. Art by Xermanico.

Fans of DC Comics should be losing their minds at the things happening in Infinite Frontier and the quality it brings to the table. Williamson and Xermanico seem to be off to the races with a better sense of the DC Universe than many creators in recent years. Now it’s only a question of how these situations might develop, and what exciting developments they might bring us with these characters. (10/10)

–Ryan Perry

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Harley Quinn #4

Words by Stephanie Phillips. Art by Jay Leisten & Riley Rossmo.

A perfect union between writer and artist, Harley Quinn #4 is a pleasure to read from cover to cover. With this entry, Stephanie Phillips, Riley Rossmo, and Ivan Plascencia are firing on all cylinders. Phillips’ exploration of the title character is impressive as she continues to weave compelling themes into the narrative. Rossmo’s art remains a huge selling point for this series. However, with this issue, his work reaches new heights with impressive visuals, dynamic action sequences, and innovative panel layouts. (10/10)

–Chris Showalter

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S.W.O.R.D. #6

Words by Al Ewing. Art by Valerio Schiti.

S.W.O.R.D. #6 is a beautifully written comic with gorgeous art to boot. It’s filled with great surprises and wonderful character moments to make anyone excited for the future of cosmic Marvel and the X-Men as a whole. (10/10)

–Eve Kolb

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Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special

Words by Ian Flynn. Art by Aaron Hammerstrom.

This book is wonderful, and I cannot understate that. I’ve been chomping at the bit for IDW to finally get the go-ahead to start publishing stories set during Sonic’s classic era, and this not only delivers, but exceeded all my expectations. Between deep cuts and the utilization of underrepresented fan favorites, it really reminded me of the best of IDW’s series, and even the old Archie books as well. Every story is crafted with reverence for the material, and the kind of care and love that only fans could provide for other fans. This is, by far, the greatest issue of IDW’s entire Sonic catalogue yet. I only hope we get more like this in the future. Cheers to every single creative involved! (10/10)

–Reg Cruickshank

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Vinyl #1

Words by Doug Wagner. Art by Dave Stewart & Daniel Hillyard.

Vinyl #1 is a bloody good time from start to finish. I can’t wait to see the lengths that Walter will go to rescue Dennis and the dangers that await.. (9/10)

–Ronnie Gorham

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