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!
Something is Killing the Children #1
Written by James Tynion IV. Art by Werther Dell’edera.
Often times a very boxy comic can feel monotonous and mundane, but that is absolutely not the case here. Tynion and Dell’edera use it as a tool for mystery, secrecy, and the horrors of the unknown. The visual storytelling is excellent. From the character designs, to the expressions, the body horror, the positioning, how often the characters look at the reader instead of at each other, it’s all phenomenal. It’s one of the best looking books to come out in a long time. Muerto’s colors provide a lot of intensity and depth to what’s on the page. The horrors of this world are bathed in shadow. Even during the day, the evidence of what occurred at night is still often hidden in blacks and deep blues subtly cake in red. The day time is bathed in your typical small town palette with grays, browns, greens, etc, but the night, however, is where Muerto is really able to come alive. The way his deep blues mix with all the red blood and gore is a sight that won’t be leaving your mind anytime soon. (10/10)
— Ari Bard
House of X #4
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz.
House of X #4 is possibly the strongest issue of Hickman’s work on the X-line so far. It is incredibly emotional and hard-hitting from the very beginning, and by the end its purpose and message are clear. It’s also a stunning display of the potential of Hickman’s proper X-Men ongoing once House of X and Powers of X wrap up. Based on the last two issues, Hickman’s X-Men will be incredibly well-written and enjoyable, with both plot and character writing to outshine near every writer on the line prior. While the future for the X-Men has never looked darker, the future for the X-line has never looked brighter. (10/10)
— Vishal Gullapalli
Justice League #31
Written by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV. Art by Jorge Jimenez.
This issue has everything, including space travel, big sci-fi ideas, action, scary brooding villains, and big cliffhangers too. When it comes to summer events (yes, I know, summer is almost over), this feels right at home. By the end of the issue, this story not only connects to previous events, but sets each plot in an interesting and new direction to further pique your interest. From Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman traversing new realities in an impossible craft to Flash and Green Lantern fighting in the past against a threat they don’t see coming, there is a lot to be excited about. (10/10)
— David Brooke
DCeased: A Good Day to Die #1
Written by Tom Taylor. Art by Laura Braga & Darick Robertson.
Fans of the C-listers and lower, here is a book that screams out to the underdog and the everyman. Tom Taylor extends his DCeased miniseries with this one-shot that goes to the heart of the matter as Mister Terrific tries to find a way to stop the virus from Apokolips and hopefully save the world. Now, this series has not been for the faint of heart and even the World’s Greatest Superheroes haven’t been safe, but if you want to see some amazing moments and last stands, then this is a good comic to read. (10/10)
— Christopher Franey
Vampirella/Red Sonja #1
Written by Jordie Bellaire. Art by Drew Moss.
Again, even though this issue is mostly setup, it never feels like we’ve been shorted a story. There are enough interesting moving pieces to this mystery that the final reveal, though expected, doesn’t feel cheapened. Instead, it should have you curious to read the next issue to see how this all came to pass, as well as what Ella intends to do next. (10/10)
— Nathan Simmons