Welcome back to another edition of Fantastic Five, where we call out the highest-rated comics of the week from here on AIPT! This week was a varied one, with four publishers represented in the top five. Moreover, three of them were debut #1 issues. Let’s get right to ’em!
#5: Deadpool #1
Deadpool #1 comes out of the gate swinging, introducing some clever villainy on his body while showing his romantic heart is as strong as ever. Read this one for the in-your-face art and exciting love interest budding from an assassins club far too good for Deadpool – and we love him for it.
#4: Gotham City: Year One #2
Gotham City: Year One #2 is dripping with noir sensibilities, capturing and maybe even romanticizing the gumshoe detective. Layered in is a mystery worth discovering with the tantalizing notion this series could change how we think about Batman.
#3: The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #2
I liked the first issue, but The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #2 makes a case for saying something important about Joker. There’s a mystery worth exploring while Rosenberg plays with dialogue in entertaining and invigorating ways. Add in a backup with one of the funniest eulogies you’ll read in comics, and you have a must-read issue.
#2: Quick Stops #1
Having grown up with Kevin Smith films, Quick Stops is a great way to relive the films and see how they’re all connected. It adds to the mythos while playing in the sandbox, which makes comics great. Like Stephen King’s novels, Smith connects his masterpieces in subtle and clever ways, making the entire experience richer.
#1: Hell to Pay #1
Hell to Pay comes out of the gate swinging with an excellent idea hung on two strong main characters and mysteries at every corner. Mixing action, horror, and impressive visuals, Hell to Pay is well worth all the coins from Hell if you got ’em.
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