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.
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Written by Chip Zdarsky. Art by Marco Checchetto.
Here we are at issue 13 of Daredevil by the creative team of Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto; this issue, another episode in the current arc of the Through Hellstoryline was another home run. Chip is such a master at creating struggles for people to be placed in and this issue just shows how heavy a rock and hard place that he has placed Matt, Wilson, and Cole between. Marco also delivers some incredible visuals that just help the dire situations take realization. So let us jump into this incredible issue and take a look, SPOILERS! (10/10)
— Christopher Franey
The Addams Family: The Bodies #1
Written by Zoe Quinn. Art by Philip Murphy.
This is a funny and compelling Addams Family story that all ages can enjoy. The story has a strong message that many can learn from or relate to while never feeling preachy. The overall package will make you want more, but if the one-shot can be this good, I’ll take it. This is an Addams Family story that’s funny, fun, and smart. (10/10)
— David Brooke
The Green Lantern: Blackstars #1
Written by Grant Morrison. Art by Xermanico.
Green Lantern: Blackstars #1 is an incredibly solid debut. It’s a wonderfully weird, surreal story that’s counting down like a clock to the inevitable moment of total galactic chaos. It weaves together a great many things of the past, while offering plenty of the new and it’s effectively The Green Lantern #13. If you haven’t read the season prior, this #1 may confuse you or have you a little lost, but if you have been reading, you’re in for a treat. (9.5/10)
— Ritesh Babu
Written by Tom King. Art by Mikel Janin.
City of Bane has been a fantastic conclusion to Tom King’s run of Batman, and this issue is no exception. With fantastic art and tight writing, this issue is a satisfying climax to a conflict that has been building for years, with an ending that changes the entire dynamic of the story in a meaningful way. As the run heads towards its conclusion, this issue serves as a bridge to the finale by tying together the themes of the run. (9.5/10)
— Vishal Gullapalli
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Joshua Cassara.
Historically, the covert ops mutants, typically with Wolverine as the leader, would bust skulls and cut open guts to save the mutant (and sometimes human) race. Benjamin Percy and Joshua Cassara (with Dean White on colors and Joe Caramagna on letters) aim to show a more complex and varied group in the Dawn of X. As first issues go, it’s easy to argue this book’s extra-sized format pays off with setup, key character moments, action, and a huge hook that’ll rock the entire line of books. (9.5/10)
— David Brooke