After last week’s DC Comics extravaganza, Marvel comes back with a vengeance this week, nabbing three of the top five spots in this week’s Fantastic Five, our celebration of the best comics of the week. Rounding out the top five are the latest in an intriguing Aftershock series and a huge #1 from DC. Let’s get right to the comics!
Venom #10 does the rare thing for legacy superheroes and continues to evolve their powers and identity. That’s exciting stuff, which is depicted well through the multiple Symbiotes that are like slivers of Venom’s personality depicted via monsters. Ultimately Venom has always been a monster character, but the creators have taken it even further and blended in some time travel mind-messing stuff.
This issue is full of great character interactions that set up for a potential crossover with the Hand. Luke Cage was one of the stars of this issue and proves that when you pick up the Daredevil series, you get more than just the Man Without Fear. Matt is looking to set up an army, and he has quite the cast to help him do that.
Captain Marvel #41
Wanda’s scenes standing up for Carol with the magic council are also great, showcasing the friendship and respect that runs between these women. The art in these pages is drawn and colored in a way that’s distinctive enough that it truly does feel like it’s a magical realm and not at all the same New York as the rest of the book. The artists involved truly did a great job here, making each “set” feel as unique as it should.
There’s Something Wrong With Patrick Todd #3
There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd #3 is a strongly crafted third issue, bringing our protagonist face to face with the main villain, further focusing on the detective’s unease with the violence and hinting at a larger secret yet to be revealed. All that wrapped in a clean-lined art style, great colors, and letters, and you have a triple-A caliber comic series in the works.
Batman vs. Robin #1
If you’re looking for good action and triple-A artwork, look no further than Batman vs. Robin. The creators are throwing readers into the deep end with mega twists, surprising character choices, and the return of a Batman icon. If you can get past the lack of motivation for Robin, you’re going to have a great time unpacking the mystery wrapped in the action frenzy.
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