Wednesday Roundup: July 7, 2021
We're back with critics' top-rated comics for the week! Will your favorite crack the top 5? Find out below!
5. The Swamp Thing #5 by Ram V, John McCrea, and Mike Spicer Newly armed with the knowledge and powers he gained from the Green and yet lonelier than ever, Levi Kamei is pulled once more into service as the Avatar of the Green is summoned by primal forces to the city of London, where old ideas lie buried, slowly leaching into the reality above. The scars of old wars and the dangers of past ideologies resurface as the Swamp Thing must team up with an old trench-coated acquaintance and his new protégé to save the present from the atrocities of our past.
Average Critic Rating: 8.8/10 "The Swamp Thing is summoned to London in the latest issue of Ram V's run, and he's not the only supernatural DC character to turn up to a house haunted by a WWII bomb. Guest artist John McCrea is the perfect fit with a style that suits Swampy exceptionally well." - Comicon
"John Constantine and Swamp Thing go together like arsenic and old lace, and this is easily one of their most thrilling team-ups in recent history." - AIPT
4. The Immortal Hulk #48 by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett COUNTDOWN TO THE END...Questioning himself after his recent confrontations, the Hulk turns to the one person who always understood him – only too well. It’s time for truths to be told. But will it be Betty Banner who tells them... ...or will the Hulk face the gaze of the RED HARPY?
Average Critic Rating: 8.9/10 "In a quieter issue, Immortal Hulk #48 slows things down to allow Joe Fixit and Betty Ross a chance to speak their minds. It pays off, with thoughtful commentary on their desires and fears, but also who they really are underneath the ghastly monsters they walk the Earth with. The horror of these characters is present on every page and Ewing never lets us forget that horror exists inside them as much as outside them." - AIPT
"Bennett delivers some great drama with the art in this issue. Most of the story is a back and forth between Hulk and Betty and it's handled in a way where both sides feel equally represented. A great visual touch that makes the story relatable." - The Super Powered Fancast
3. Nocterra #5 by Scott Snyder, Tony Daniel, and Tomeu Morey
It's here! The penultimate issue of NOCTERRA's blockbuster first arc! VAL "Sundog" Riggs must choose whether to keep her brother EMORY safe in the mysterious SANCTUARY or risk it all against BLACKTOP BILL and hordes of human SHADES to find the truth about the darkness once and for all!
Average Critic Rating: 9.0/10
"From art to script, this is arguably one of the biggest comics of the year. Snyder and Daniel along with everyone on their team have created a science fiction tale that will stand for ages." - DC Comics News
"Beautiful art, expert world-building, and wonderfully emotional storytelling come together to create something exceptional. Snyder, Daniel, and Morey reach another level with this issue. It does a fantastic job of setting up more about the world, adding new things to the mix, has several great cliffhanger moments, and an ending that will leave readers begging for more." - You Don't Read Comics
2. The Nice House on the Lake #2 by James Tynion, Alvara Martinez, and Jordie Bellaire
After the life-changing events of the previous issue, the guests at the nice house on the lake must decide their next steps-but there’s not exactly perfect agreement about the situation. Who among them is ready to walk out the door? And who is content to simply…float?
Average Critic Rating: 9.4/10
"The Nice House on the Lake is an intoxicating read, period. It's hard to stop pouring over each panel, each line of dialogue trying to figure everything out. Issue #2 gives readers enough story to keep them hooked while also teasing so much more horror to come. " - Graphic Policy
"Overall, The Nice House On The Lake #2 does a great job at building suspense and advancing the story while still leaving you with questions. What Tynion has created, in just two issues, is one of the most compelling stories I have read in some time. I can't wait to see how this story unfolds." - GWW
1 The Good Asian #3 by Pornsak Pichetshote, Lee Loughridge, and Alexander Tefenkgi
The surprises really begin as Hark encounters Lucy Fong’s completely different perspective on Chinatown—one pivotal to stopping the hatchetman on the loose.
Average Critic Rating: 9.6/10
"The Good Asian' continues to surprise and suck in readers in one hell of a mystery. The historical lessons are hard to fathom but provide the foundation for where this story takes place." - Nine Panel Press
"The Good Asian continues to heat up with a killer on the loose and the politics of the time further complicating the psychology of its characters." - AIPT
"The Good Asian really shows the struggles of Chinese Americans in San Francisco. How Asians must act and react to the world around them is a great setting for a comic book." - Major Spoilers