Welcome back to another edition of Fantastic Five, where we give special shoutout to the five best comics of the week! This week was an even split between Marvel and DC for four of the spots, but the #1 spot was nabbed by Image Comics. Let’s take a look!
#5: Iron Man #25 (LGY #650)
All in all, this has turned out to be a satisfactory conclusion to the Cantwell run, and with some solid backup stories as well, this is definitely recommended for both casual fans and those who have been reading from issue #1.
#4: Gold Goblin #1
Gold Goblin is a compelling psychological narrative well worth exploring. As a reader tired of Norman Osborn, I was invigorated by this first issue with its unique direction for the character. It asks that if a person is removed from their sin, can they ever outgrow the acts themselves? Gold Goblin is a fascinating look into a complicated mind.
#3: Batman: One Bad Day – Mr. Freeze #1
If you ever wanted a good blend of superhero action and compelling character work for a classic Batman rogue, this is it and then some. Timed perfectly for the winter season, Batman: One Bad Day – Mr. Freeze #1 is a near-perfect one-shot and a near-perfect take on Mr. Freeze, recontextualizing him while adding humanity and frailty.
#2: Stargirl: The Lost Children #1
Geoff Johns and Todd Nauck are back with mystery and adventure as we look for The Lost Children. They are using elements from all across the DCU, including newly discovered ones, to make a fun, entertaining miniseries that rejuvenates the Golden Age.
#1: Bone Orchard: Ten Thousand Black Feathers #3
Ten Thousand Black Feathers #3 lands the story’s turning point with a stark, near-wordless counter beat, a jarring jolt after moments of bittersweet disappointment and answerless investigation. There is no doubting that we’ve dropped into the ravine of horror now, after two carefully paced issues of emotional stage setting. With this climax, The Bone Orchard Mythos slowly begins to populate its shadows with quiet intrigue and fear.
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