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Fantastic Five: Week of January 1, 2020

The best reviewed comic books of the week on AIPT.

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!

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Daredevil #16

Words by Chip Zdarsky. Art by Jorge Fornés.

Here we are with the first new issue of Daredevil in the year 2020. Feels pretty wild, but if anything, with the year starting off on a New Comic Book Wednesday has to be a great sign for the year ahead. Marvel has put out quite a few gems for this NCBD and Daredevil hold its place among them — Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Fornes set the have bar high for all future Daredevil issues after this one. The characters are starting to take action and converge with each other; those simmering pots are starting to boil over. Let us take a look at what makes this issue great! (10/10)

— Christopher Franey

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Hawkeye: Freefall #1

Words by Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Otto Schimdt.

First thing that hooked me with this book is the voice. Matthew Rosenberg absolutely nailed Clint’s voice — it was a perfect 10. Clint’s writing has just the right amount of character sprinkling in some sarcasm that would make Jeremy Renner want to say these lines — Disney+, take note! The way the thought process was presented was perfect for someone who is supposed to be an eagle eye shot. The way Clint analyzes people and situations does make me believe there is more depth to him. Of course there is a bit of an immature kid running around in there too, but it makes great reading. The use of the narration boxes was perfect and really took me back to the fun of when Mark Waid would use them on his run of the Flash. (10/10)

— Christopher Franey

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Thor #1

Words by Donny Cates. Art by Nic Klein.

This is yet another example of how Donny Cates can balance payoff, introduce new ideas, and set in motion a story you can’t put down. We’re in for an intense and remarkable adventure Thor, and the likes of the Marvel universe has never seen. This is Thor on a whole new scope and scale that you can’t resist. (9.5/10)

— David Brooke

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X-Men #4

Words by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Leinil Francis Yu.

This is one of my favorite Dawn of X books yet! This issue captures the new world stage very well via Magneto’s impressive speech and Xavier’s honest and loving perspective. Hickman has done well to capture a very complex situation and make it fit into one very quick dinner. At the same time, the book feels huge in scope, while also small in its character work. With a sharp edge, X-Men cuts deep, expertly drawing your interest and making you thirsty for more. (9.5/10)

— David Brooke

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Star Wars #1

Words by Charles Soule. Art by Jesus Saiz.

Star Wars has always been as popular as it is because of its ability to combine grand space opera with personal character work. Soule and Saiz are both able to do this incredibly well, resulting in a really good first issue to kick off this new era of Star Wars comics. Where the previous run felt like it didn’t have nearly as much content to play around with, this new series feels like there’s a whole galaxy worth of content to explore, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. (9.5/10)

— Vishal Gullapalli

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