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Fantastic Five: Week of July 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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Superman and the Authority # 1

Words by Grant Morrison. Art by Mikel Janin.

While it may not have been meant as Grant Morrison’s final farewell to DC Comics, Superman and the Authority’s first issue suggests that it’ll make a worthy capstone to their time with the company. Mikel Janín’s illustrations and Jordie Bellaire’s colors are stupendous. The work this team is doing with Manchester Black is as exciting as it is intriguing. I cannot wait to see where this goes. (10/10)

–Justin Harrison

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Nightwing #82

Words by Tom Taylor. Art by Bruno Redondo & Andy Lanning.

Nightwing #82 showcases the love that people have for the Graysons, but we are not out of disaster just yet — someone evil is coming to visit for that great cliffhanger of a page. A delicate matter perfectly handled by this creative team; get ready for another sell-out! (10/10)

–Christopher Franey

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Thor Annual #1

Words by Aaron Kuder & Jed MacKay. Art by Aaron Kuder & Juan Ferreyra.

This is a great annual in its own right thanks to some impeccable art throughout and a story deserving of the annual format. Kuder has supplied an exciting story that utilizes the hero-fighting-himself trope to perfection. It’s also one of the prettiest superhero comics of the year, period. (9.5/10)

–David Brooke

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Shadecraft #5

Words by Joe Henderson. Art by Antonio Fabela & Lee Garbett.

Shadecraft #5 is an awesome and enjoyable book that ends one chapter and starts a new one. If you are a fan of shows like Charmed, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, or True Blood, you’ll love this book. (9/10)

–Ronnie Gorham

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Bermuda #1

Words by John Layman. Art by Nick Bradshaw.

Bermuda is great adventure comics with plenty of creative creature design and detailed art that can only be described as intense. Given its four-issue planned run, it’s an easy book to add to your pull list with a low buy-in to complete the full story. (9/10)

–David Brooke

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