It’s time for a special SDCC edition of Fantastic Five, where we celebrate the five best comics of the week. While last week’s Fantastic Five was a Marvel takeover, this week is all about DC – well, mostly, as DC takes three of the spots. Rounding out the top five are a fantastic debut from Image and one of Scott Snyder’s latest Comixology Originals. Let’s get right to ’em!
Aquaman and The Flash: Voidsong #2
Constructed on finely tuned characterization, Aquaman and The Flash: Voidsong #2 is a beautiful hymn of relationship building and betrayal. Kelly and Lanzing wisely allow the relationship between these two heroes to propel the plot. As a result, Aquaman and The Flash: Voidsong #2 strikes the perfect balance between narrative progression and character exploration. Georgiev’s artwork does an excellent job illustrating how the heroes’ strategies are different, but their punchline remains the same. Additionally, Beredo’s colors perfectly capture the balance between our heroes’ bright colors and the Void’s darkness.
The Flash #784
The Flash #784 is an even better issue than the opening salvo of last issue, firmly establishing the stakes and having some fun with alternate dimensions. The Flash makes the multiverse feel new again.
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #1
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #1 is fun and works as a must-read side chapter to the main event. It also captures the many eclectic voices while establishing new threats, dangers, and stakes for a motley crew of heroes and villains. It not only utilizes the main conceit of DC vs. Vampires well but runs with it in exciting ways.
Rogues’ Gallery #1
Rogues’ Gallery may end up being a divisive book, and people are likely to take many different things from it. For my money, though, it’s easily one of the most thought-provoking studies of comic fandom — and how it can all go terribly wrong — that I’ve read in quite a while. Even as the lasers fly and the world falls apart on the TV screen, the characters feel dangerously close to reality.
It’s still early with only one issue out, but when all is said and done, Canary may just end up being considered a masterpiece. The art is so unnerving and perfect in a story that fuses horror and western. Canary is destined to attract fans of the terrifying and the strange.
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