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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of January 26, 2022

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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of January 26, 2022

It was another big week for comics, but there can only be five.

New Comic Book Day may as well have been renamed New Saga Day this week, as the beloved series returned after nearly a three-year absence, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t other books worth celebrating as well. In this week’s Fantastic Five, we are acknowledging the five best comics of the week — and yes, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ latest certainly made the list. Let’s get into it!

Detective Comics #1050

Overall, this issue was fantastic. It had some great character writing, a stellar cliffhanger, and two pretty awesome bonus stories to really make it worth your time. The character stuff for Huntress and Nightwing was a highlight, and the Psycho Pirate reveal was honestly amazing. The backups are stellar, on par with the main story in quality, and I’m super excited to see where this new Waid/Mora book is going to go when it releases. All in all, totally worth it.

Read Reg Cruickshank’s full review:

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‘Detective Comics’ #1050 is a terrific triple threat

Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond #1

Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond #1 is a fun one-shot that anyone can pick up as long as you have an interest in Black Cat or Mary Jane. Both characters have a strong voice and feel true to their character and their history while delivering a fun done-in-one adventure.

Read David Brooke’s full review:

‘Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond’ #1 understands the characters

Saga #55

Saga #55 returns this week and doesn’t skip a beat even after a three-year gap. It serves to remind us who these characters are, how they’ve grown, and establishing how at its core this is about survival, but also living life and the growth that comes with it. Saga continues to shine as a series about the complexities of life, identity, and survival in an uncompromising, colorful world.

Read David Brooke’s full review:

‘Saga’ #55 doesn’t skip a beat, even after a three-year gap

X-Men #7

All in all, X-Men #7 is a book with fabulous art and a fun plot that’s finally kicking itself into high gear. This may just be the best issue of the run so far and hopefully, the rest of the series continues on this strong foot.

Read Lia Williamson’s full review:

‘X-Men’ #7 is a great Cyclops-centric issue

DC vs. Vampires #4

DC vs. Vampires #4 is another stellar entry in a series that serves as a reminder that zany combinations and bold genre experiments are not just well suited to superhero comics — they are perhaps what they do best.

Read Franco Giacomarra’s full review:

‘DC vs. Vampires’ #4 review: A bloody good series keeps getting better

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