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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of January 5, 2022

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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of January 5, 2022

These five comics kicked off 2022 with a bang.

Fantastic Five is back from its holiday break, ready to acknowledge the best comics of the first week of 2022! Several publishers kicked off the new year with a bang, but no single-issue comic was quite as impressive as these five. Let’s get into them!

Detective Comics #1047

A great start that hits the ground running, sucking you into the panic of the moment and giving you little time to sit and contemplate what just happened — in a good way!

Read Reg Cruickshank’s full review:

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Inferno #4

Inferno sticks the landing in a big way, delivering top-tier interpersonal drama and setting the stage for future books. Hickman ties up as many loose ends as he creates and it would be a shame if future X-titles didn’t take advantage of some of these ideas, like Moira as a villain and the return of Nimrod/Omega Sentinel. It feels more like Hickman wrapped up one small plotline, but left the X-office with a whole bunch of goodies to work with in the future. How they will handle it has yet to be seen, but one thing’s for certain: Inferno sets the stage for some good character drama in a big way.

Read Lia Williamson’s full review:

‘Inferno’ #4 beautifully sets up Krakoa’s next phase

Bylines in Blood #1

Bylines In Blood #1 is electric neo-noir goodness that is much a murder mystery as an uncomfortable present-day truth, one that we hopefully won’t have to witness in full.

Read Madeleine Chan’s full review:

‘Bylines In Blood’ #1 is an electrifying investigation into truth

The Amazing Spider-Man #84

The Beyond Corp era of Spider-Man continues to be a delightful juggling of Ben Reilly’s personal life, supervillain intrigue, and the continued reveal of what Beyond Corp is really up to. If you’ve been itching for more Doc Ock, The Amazing Spider-Man #84 delivers him as the main course and he’s written and drawn expertly well.

Read David Brooke’s full review:

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ #84 features a throwdown with Doc Ock

Wastelanders: Doom #1

Wastelanders: Doom #1 is a great one-shot that explores Dr. Doom in a meaningful and satisfying way. This series of one-shots continues to have trouble asserting its own importance, but as far as character exploration, this is one of the best yet.

Read David Brooke’s full review:

‘Wastelanders: Doom’ #1 features great Dr. Doom characterization

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