As always, “Five & Three” brings you my favorite things in comics this week. Every week I pick my five favorite covers and three favorite panels to create “Five & Three”. I like to talk about why I picked the covers and panels and welcome hecklers and trend setters alike. 

With another late night edition of “Five and Three” being rushed to publish we’re going to rush the words and make with the pictures. Starting us off this week is the Phantom Variant cover to “Spider-Gwen #1”. I liked it but I didn’t love it. For an opinion from a fellow bot, a Nethead, and the owner/operator of Deathray Comics you can visit this “Spider-Gwen” review here.

Spider-Gwen #1

“Black Hood” was terrific. The cover to the issue by Francisco Francavilla was icing on a deliciously pulpy cake.

Black Hood #1 variant

“The Amazing Spider-Man #15” ends the Spider-Verse storyline with just about everything explained. There are a few outlying stories but those threads will be pulled nicely together during the summer’s Battleworld event.

The Amazing Spider-Man #15

J.H. Williams III is a masterful artist. The cover to “Sandman: Overture #4” is nothing short of spectacular.

Sandman: Overture #4

I love “Chew” and I love “Thor” so to see Rob Guillory’s variant cover to this week’s “Thor Annual” was a real treat.

Thor Annual #1 variant

My first favorite set of panels comes from the pulp filled “Black Hood #1”. There’s some junky stuff with pain killers and addiction that hit a little close to home. I’m glad I’m not a pill popping vigilante but I wouldn’t mind kickin’ some butt like “Black Hood” does.

Black Hood #1

I can’t get enough Andrea Sorrentino so I’m grateful that Bendis is his partner on “All-New X-Men #38”. If you’ve been following the “The Black Vortex” you’ll be happy to know someone rides away with their middle finger in the air.

All-New X-Men #38

How could we end the week without mentioning Batman? “Batman #39” is the pentultimate in one is sure to be another Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo masterpiece. This particular panel reminded me so much of the seminal work by Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb, “Batman: Hush”, that I just hand to include it here as this week’s finale.

Batman #39

That’s all for this week. If you disagree with a pick, let me know in the comments or on Twitter @MarkAvo or on Instagram @TheMarkAvo. If you think I should’ve picked something else or if you have a pick in mind for next week, give me a shout out and let me know. If you’d like to check out more “Five and Three” comic book moments start with “Five and Three” from last week. Until next time, I hope to see you in the comic shops.

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