Every week, comic fandom is gifted with a slew of fantastic stories from a slew of fantastic creators. These days there’s just so much good stuff out there that it can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re new to comics. Thus AiPT! presents to you, Fantastic Five! A weekly column where we pick five fantastic books released during the week, and tell you why you should take a chance on them via a snippet from our reviews.
Enjoy, and happy reading!
House of X #5
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz.
After House of X #2, readers have been expecting big reveals in the rest of the issues marked red on the House of X/Powers of X reading list. House of X #5 does not disappoint, setting up another massive status quo shift as well as a new plot device to change the stakes for all the characters in this series. This issue’s implications will be dissected for quite some time, or at the very least until the next issue of Powers of X. (10/10)
— Vishal Gullapalli
G.I. Joe #1
Written by Paul Allor. Art by Chris Evenhuis.
Still, the beauty of this relaunch is that it should play just as well to folks who are unfamiliar with G.I. Joe. If you’ve ever been intimidated by the dense continuity of the Marvel or IDW comics, then this is the perfect entry point. G.I. Joe is the kind of no-holds-barred storytelling that we only dreamed of with our action figures in hand. It seems like there’s no going back, which means things should only get more intense as they continue. (10/10)
— Nathan Simmons
Absolute Carnage #3
Written by Donny Cates. Art by Ryan Stegman.
The horror element of this series continues to be its biggest strength. So far Carnage has been incapable of taking any hits from the heroes and this issue revels in the fear and doom permeating off Carnage’s limitless power. There’s a shred of hope they can stop him from even wanting to kill superheroes for their codices thanks to The Maker’s device, but even then chances seem slim. Carnage, for his part, continues to be evil incarnate — he’s less a supervillain and more of a force of nature. You can’t just fight Carnage, you need to have faith that good will prevail over evil. Cates and Stegman are making a case that maybe evil is a natural order of things thanks to Carnage’s limitless power. (9/10)
— David Brooke
Justice League #32
Written by James Tynion IV & Scott Snyder. Art by Howard Porter.
Justice/Doom War reaches its third chapter this week as Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Howard Porter deliver a war that takes place in three timelines involving every hero and villain imaginable. It’s huge in scope and everything is on the line. In this third part the war in the past and war in the future come to a head, but can Lex even be stopped? Judging by the first few pages of this issue the answer is a definitive no. (9/10)
— David Brooke
Inferior Five #1
Written by Jeff Lemire. Art by Keith Giffen.
Inferior Five #1 is a solid start for an exciting new 12-issue maxi-series. It’s not necessarily for everyone, it’s set in a very specific time, with a certain art style which can feel dated to some people and it’s a revamp of a property most are likely to only be tangentially aware of from Grant Morrison’s Limbo sequences in DC. So there’s a sense of nicheness to it, but if you are its audience and it lands for you, it’s a load of fun. It’s a love letter to a certain time in DC’s rich history and it’s mining that period for something fun and new alongside being nostalgic. Whether you’re here for Giffen or Lemire, or both, ideally, you’re in for a good time. (9/10)
— Ritesh Babu