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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of August 23, 2023

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Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of August 23, 2023

DC Comics had a big week with three issues represented in the top five.

Welcome back to another edition of Fantastic Five! Celebrate your Friday with our look back at the very best comics of the week. This week features three #1s, and DC Comics had a big week with three issues represented in the top five. Let’s take a look at the books!

#5: Unstoppable Doom Patrol #5

Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of August 23, 2023

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Unstoppable Doom Patrol #5 combines action, character development, and a strong narrative thread. The misinterpretation of Caulder’s research and past errors drives the story’s climax, leading to Metagen’s downfall and the Doom Patrol’s triumph. The clash between Metawoman and the Doom Patrol exemplifies the divergence between Niles’ intentions and McClane’s actions. The creative team’s skillful execution ensures that this installment stands out as a pivotal moment in the series.

Read Andrew Isidoro’s full review!

#4: The Penguin #1

Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of August 23, 2023

The Penguin #1 is an excellent start to a new series. The setup is strong, the writing choices are fun and engaging, the characters are interesting, the art is terrific, and the colors elevate the scenes. The idea that a book about a villain who can be pretty campy could turn out this good shouldn’t be so much of a shock as a welcome surprise. The Penguin tells readers how much they don’t know about the protagonist but invites them on the ride to find out.

Read Connor Boyd’s full review!

#3: The Schlub #1

Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of August 23, 2023

The Schlub #1 may have one of the world’s worst superheroes, but it’s one of the best comics I’ve read this year. Stegman proves to be just as capable of a writer as he is an artist, especially when backed with top-tier talent, and it’s proof that Vanish wasn’t the only great comic to come out of KLC Press.

Read Collier Jennings’ full review!

#2: Jean Grey #1

Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of August 23, 2023

In Jean Grey #1, Louise Simonson makes a lovely reentry into the life and times of Jean Grey with stellar artists Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo by her side. Jean’s study into her own being is intimate, messy, and rewarding to fans of developed and nuanced character work. Her post-death journey has just begun, and the results seem to promise dramatic ramifications for herself as well as mutantkind’s future.

Read Jonathan Jones’ full review!

#1: Knight Terrors: Action Comics #2

Fantastic Five: The best comics of the week of August 23, 2023

Leah Williams, Vasco Georgiev, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Mico Suayan, and Fico Ossio have something special here, and the future of Power Girl and Action Comics is a bright one. I’ve never been more excited for a superhero comic line before until these books arrived and I can only see it going up from here.

Read Piper Whitaker’s full review!

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