New Comics Review (Week of 2/15)
1) Fantastic Four #4 - Written by Ryan North, art by Iban Coello, colors by Jesus Aburtov, cover by Alex Ross, edited by Tom Brevoort
Fantastic Four keeps showing up on my list for two reasons: the incredible covers by Alex Ross, and the charming and captivating stories by Ryan North. The art from Coello and Aburtov is some of the best in current Marvel runs too. It took North FOUR issues to get to what the FF did that made everyone so mad, and it was perfect. Amazing Spider-Man is TWENTY issues in and they still haven't revealed theirs, and it's at the point where I won't care when (if) they do, it's been too long. North and team have captivated me with the beginning of their run, and respected my time as well. This issue reveals the reason everyone's pissed at Reed, and it's perfect, a logical decision that only Reed could make. This series has me hooked, and the cover art is beautiful to boot, go get yours!
2) Murderworld #4 - Written by Jim Zub and Ray Fawkes, art by Luca Pizzari, colors by Matt Milla, variant cover shown above by Kyle Hotz and Dan Brown, edited by Sarah Spadaccini
As much as I love this series, I'm going with #1-4, confusing to keep calling it Murderworld #1 over and over. This series is a true gem. With all the talent going into FF, Daredevil, and so on, you expect those to be hits. But when I picked up Murderworld #1 I didn't expect to fall so hard for it, this series is sharply written, beautiful drawn and colored, and has so many twists and turns it is truly like walking in Murderworld itself. Each issue focuses on a different character, and we get a little more background on each character in each issue, and this issue's backstory definitely leaves conflicting feelings. The Moon Knight LMD is perfect, I'll have "Moon punch!" stuck in my head for the rest of the month. This is definitely a series to pick up, and I hope Zub and team get an equally creative task when this series is done!
3) X-Men #19 - Written by Gerry Duggan, art by Stefano Caselli, colors by Federico Blee, cover shown above by Juan Frigeri and David Curiel, edited by Jordan D. White
I love the Brood. I get that it's just Alien in the X-Men world, but for some reason it just works. The X-Men HATE the brood, so to see the last Brood story end so peacefully was a weird change of pace. X-Men #19 corrects that, seeing the X-Men absolutely decimate the Brood (even going as far as to kill a baby one), which is always an interesting duality of the X-Men. They have been hated and feared for so long, and now they are projecting that hate and fear onto the Brood, even Iceman says something along those lines. It's an interesting connection between the two groups, and I'm excited to see where Duggan and team take this arc.
4) Nightcrawlers #1 - Written by Si Spurrier, art by Paco Medina, colors by Jay David Ramos, cover shown above by Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho, edited by Jordan D. White
Another Sinister Spin Off Success! Storm and the Brotherhood of Mutants was so good that it encouraged me to get the next spin off from Sins of Sinister; Nightcrawlers. Nightcrawlers follows Sean Cassidy as he tries to purify as many of the corrupted X-Men as he can, with limited success. I won't give away too much here, but the story is engaging, the genetic hybrids of Nightcrawler are fascinating, and the art from superstars Paco Medina and Jay David Ramos continue to stand out in each X-Men issue they work on. They have once again convinced me to go subscribe to the last spin off from Sins of Sinister, Immoral X-Men. The whole team involved in Sins of Sinister (and Jordan D. White in large part) deserve praise for this run, a hell of a lot more engaging than Dark Web was.