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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of December 8, 2021

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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of December 8, 2021

A pair of perfect 10s lead the charge in this week’s celebration of the best comics of the week.

We’re back with another edition of Fantastic Five, where we round up and celebrate the highest-rated single-issue comic books of the week. This week was a doozy, with two rare perfect 10s and a slew of 9.5s! Let’s get right into the reviews:

Archie’s Holiday Magic Special #1

The style of this comic in its writing and its art really feels like its in the spirit of the 2015 relaunch without outwardly being a part of the relaunch itself, and that’s one thing that makes it really special. Archie’s Holiday Magic Special #1 is cute, funny, and just what the doctor ordered for any Archie fan who missed reading their adventures.

Read Lia Williamson’s full review:

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‘Archie’s Holiday Magic Special’ #1 is a delightful treat for any Archie fan

The Swamp Thing #10

The first season of The Swamp Thing draws to a close with a heartbreaking battle of ideas that cements this run as one of the strongest in the history of the character. I can’t wait to see what blooms in the spring. Bring on Season Two!

Read Nathan Simmons’s full review:

‘The Swamp Thing’ #10 review: All flowers in time

Inferno #3

Hickman’s writing is strong in this issue and every artist brings their A-game to the table. Several interesting concepts like Dominions and post-humanity from HoX/PoX are finally referenced again, kicking the plot back into action for the entire Krakoa era as a whole. All of this together makes Inferno the most exciting thing to happen to X-Men since HoX/PoX.

Read Lia Williamson’s full review:

‘Inferno’ #3 kicks major plots into motion

Hellions #18

Hellions ends the series just as it began: it’s emotional, it’s weird, and it’s delightful. The writing hits the beats it needs to and the art is perfectly serviceable to get the job done.

Read Lia Williamson’s full review:

‘Hellions’ #18 ends the series on an emotional, interesting note

Dark Knights of Steel #2

Dark Knights of Steel is a delightful series that pushes characters we’ve known and loved for decades into new roles and thus new perspectives. Our understanding of who they are at their core carries over nicely to a fantasy theme that has new rules, new enemies, and new character dynamics to explore. This is a vibrant retelling of classic DC heroes in a way that makes them new again.

Read David Brooke’s full review:

‘Dark Knights of Steel’ #2 continues to make these characters new again

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