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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of September 1, 2021

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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of September 1, 2021

New Mutants, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more claim top spots in this week’s celebration of the best comics of the week.

It’s time for another installment of Fantastic Five, where we round up the top five single-issue comic books based on AIPT’s reviews to decide the true cream of the crop. This week is somewhat Marvel-heavy, with three excellent books from the House of Ideas, but Image Comics and IDW Publishing have their time in the sun, too.

Let’s take a look!

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New Mutants #21

New Mutants #21 is one of the strongest issues of the series. It balances the emotional impact of a choice while delivering plenty of action. That blend keeps both A and B stories moving forward while satiating the action fan’s desire and the strong character writing we need to care about these characters. For those reasons, New Mutants is exciting, impactful, and sincere.

Read David Brooke’s full review:

‘New Mutants’ #21 is exciting, impactful, and sincere

Commanders in Crisis #12

Even if it wasn’t a satire, Commanders in Crisis is still one of the most interesting superhero comics I’ve read in a while, especially with this issue. Each character gets a well-deserved final moment, continuing the balancing act of telling a story with a whole new roster of characters. The world’s conclusive word (no spoilers!) as both the resolution to the ultimate battle and unification of the main themes is so refreshing. All with rich art that while satirizing created its own unique visual space. And the last page (again, no spoilers!) is very much a jaw-dropper.

Read Madeleine Chan’s full review:

‘Commanders in Crisis’ #12 saves the world with a word

The Last Annihilation: Wiccan & Hulkling #1

The Last Annihilation: Wiccan & Hulkling isn’t just a good Billy and Teddy comic, it’s another exciting installment in the cosmic Marvel landscape that’s been heating up in recent months.

Read Lia Kolb’s full review:

‘The Last Annihilation: Wiccan & Hulkling’ #1 tells a touching tale of love and family

Sonic the Hedgehog #43

I was a bit worried at first that the heavy action focus might detract a bit, but that wasn’t the case in the slightest. Even with the art being (in my opinion) a bit tighter in the second half, the fight scene was very well done no matter who was drawing it, and Flynn’s dialogue felt spot on as always. I really enjoyed the choreography quite a bit, and it was just fun to follow panel to panel, which is the hallmark of a very good action sequence. The coloring is bright and pops in all the right ways too, so don’t think that this one isn’t worth picking up for some minor inconsistency in style. I’d say this one is well worth the read.

Read Reg Cruickshank’s full review:

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ #43 is a fun frenzy of fighting

Demon Days: Cursed Web #1

Demon Days continues to be an interesting example of how an artist can bring new perspectives in storytelling to the comics art form. In that way, Demon Days: Cursed Web isn’t just a comic book, but an experience.

Read David Brooke’s full review:

‘Demon Days: Cursed Web’ #1 offers of fantastic action scenes

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