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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of January 12, 2022

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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of January 12, 2022

In a loaded week of single-issue comic books, these were the best of the best.

Another week in 2022 is already in the books, and with it came another batch of great reads! This week’s Fantastic Five, where we recognize the very best single-issue comic books of the week, is evenly split between Marvel and DC, with a poignant debut from Image Comics as well. Let’s get to the books!

Justice League vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Expect to be wowed by Justice League vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes #1. There’s a lot to enjoy here and be in awe of, from the epic nature of the story to the incredible visuals that are clean and easy to follow. There are visual ideas at work here — the lettering, the colors, and the pencils add up to a work of art. This is cutting-edge comics.

Read David Brooke’s full review:

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‘Justice League vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes’ #1 feels cutting edge

Robin & Batman #3

A few characters and plot threads feel slightly shortchanged here at the end. It would be nice to see a bit more of the resolution to Alfred’s resentment towards Bruce and the path upon which he’s set the young Grayson, but this is ultimately Dick Grayson’s story. At the end of the day, Robin & Batman is one of the finest takes on Robin’s origin story in any medium.

Read Nathan Simmons’ full review:

‘Robin & Batman’ #3 review: Robin’s reckoning

Star Wars #20

Star Wars #20 is an interesting look at the Jedi on Luke’s quest to discover lost Jedi relics the Empire has yet to find. At its core, it’s a good science fiction tale with the main story revolving around a rather cool planetary concept.

Read David Brooke’s full review:

‘Star Wars’ #20 has smart science fiction ideas at work

Joe Hill’s Rain #1

With clever sweetness, Rain #1 pulls us into a loving relationship that should, by all rights, be safe, before tearing that safety away. It’s a clever use of aesthetic, and powerful use of characterization and relatability that sinks its hooks in with such effortless effectiveness. It begs the reader to wait, patiently, for issue #2.

Read Colin Moon’s full review:

‘Rain’ #1 pulls the reader into a safe, sweet place before introducing its central tragedy

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1

A riveting and often heartbreaking examination of why Elektra has endured for both readers and Matt Murdock, the first issue of ‘Daredevil: Woman Without Fear’ drops right into the fray and never looks back.

Read Nathan Simmons’ full review:

‘Daredevil: Woman Without Fear’ #1 review: Red Right Hand

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