HOT FIVE: Week Of April 18, 2018

Welcome to Comicosity’s Hot Five. Hot Five is a short list of the top books we think you’ll want to be checking out. Be they new title launches, key issues or just continuing stories from some of the industry’s most acclaimed books, this list is your guaranteed gold in the comic market.

ACTION COMICS #1000
Written by Dan Jurgens, Peter J. Tomasi, Marv Wolfman, Paul Levitz, Geoff Johns, Richard Donner, Scott Snyder, Tom King, Louise Simonson, Paul Dini, Brad Meltzer & Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Dan Jurgens, Patrick Gleason, Curt Swan, Neal Adams, Olivier Coipel, Rafael Albuquerque, Clay Mann, Jerry Ordway, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, John Cassaday, Jim Lee (Pencils), Norm Rapmund, Butch Guice, Kurt Schaffenberger, Kevin Nowlan Williams (Inks), Hi-Fi, Alejandro Sanchez, Dave McCaig, Jordie Bellaire, Trish Mulvhill, Laura Martin & Alex Sinclair (Colors)
Published by DC Comics – $7.99

Celebrate 1000 issues of Action Comics with an all-star lineup of top talent as they pay tribute to the comic that started it all! From today’s explosive action to a previously unpublished tale illustrated by the legendary Curt Swan to the Man of Tomorrow’s future-this very special, oversized issue presents the best of the best in Superman stories!

Why It’s Hot: The unquestioned biggest comic of the year as one of the greatest assembly of creative talent joins forces to celebrate all things Superman. One thousand issues is an amazing accomplishment that’s taken eighty years to reach. There’s not much to say about this issue that can’t be done by just saying to look at this creative team. Some of the greatest creators of this generation have come together to celebrate this monumentous milestone. It’s time to celebrate accordingly.

BATMAN #45
Written by Tom King
Art by Tony Daniel (Pencils)
Published by DC Comics – $2.99

“THE GIFT” part one! Booster Gold has come to Gotham City, and he’s enlisting Batman and Catwoman to go on a time-traveling mission to rescue…Booster Gold! It seems a younger Booster Gold has gone back in time to kidnap an even younger version of himself, and to rescue his own past, Booster must pursue both of his previous incarnations through Batman’s history to find out what is going on. The start of a new story that will sow the seeds for a whole new epic to come-and also the return of Master Class artist Tony S. Daniel (DAMAGE) to BATMAN!

Why It’s Hot: There is a lot to get excited about for in this issue of Batman. From Tony Daniel returning to the title on art duties to Tom King getting writing Booster Gold, this spin on the classic “For The Man Who Has Everything” continues the trend of must read Batman stories that has filled the pages of this comic since the Rebirth relaunch. Booster Gold using time travel hijinx to mess with the timestream is never smart, but it almost always ends up resulting in good comic, and this story appears to be no exception.

INFINITY COUNTDOWN #2
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Aaron Kuder, Mike Hawthorne (Pencils), Terry Pallot (Inks), Jordie Bellaire (Colors)
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99

THE BATTLE FOR THE STONES CONTINUES!
The secret is out about the Power Stone, and the Chitauri are in on the action as the Raptors, Novas and Guardians meet for a showdown in space! PLUS: Adam Warlock enters the fray after the events of INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK-his next move will set the stage for cosmic chaos to come!

Why It’s Hot: Gerry Duggan and company have been in the midst of arguably the greatest Guardians Of The Galaxy run ever, and Infinity Countdown continues that trend. The story of the Infinity Stones is one that Duggan and his collaborators have been meticulously planning for the better part of the last year. The results have been so stellar that there’s no question the story deserves a big event payoff. This is cosmic Marvel at its best, and with a little movie with featuring the Infinity Stones on the way there’s no better time to catch up with their comic book counterparts.

MISTER MIRACLE #8
Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerads
Published by DC Comics – $3.99

This issue, it’s back to Apokolips-and a return to war. Scott Free is engaged in a bloody battle against Darkseid’s forces, this time without Barda by his side-because her hands are full, thanks to a domestic situation at home. With his attention split by his concerns for his wife’s commitments back on Earth, can Mister Miracle hold his own against the minions of darkness?

Why It’s Hot: The third Tom King book to show up on the Hot Five this week may just be the best of the bunch. Mister Miracle is probably the best comic currently being published by weather of the Big 2, and hands down one of the best superhero comics of the past decade. Eight issues in and the creative team of King and Gerads just keep on finding ways to top themselves.

TALES OF SUSPENSE #104
Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Art by Travel Foreman (Pencils) & Rachelle Rosenberg (Colors)
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

RED LEDGER CONCLUSION!
• It ends here, one way or another. BUCKY and HAWKEYE are closing in on the new Red Room. But what happens when they finally find the BLACK WIDOW?
• Will she stand with them and turn on the people who made her? Or are some bonds too strong to break?
• The tragic tale of an Archer, an Assassin, a Widow and a woman caught between two worlds concludes here!

Why It’s Hot: Hawkeye’s and Winter Soldier’s search for Black Widow ends, as Rosenberg and Foreman’s resurrection of the classic Tales Of Suspense series comes to a thrilling conclusion. All will be answered and the status quo of one major character will be changed forever, Hopefully this isn’t the last time we see this creative team working with these characters, as this comic has been one of the best of the Legacy era, and a must read for fans of Clint, Bucky, and/or Natasha,

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

* Amazing Spider-Man #799
* Antar The Black Knight #1
* Assassinistas #4
* Avengers #689
* Black Crown Quarterly #3: Spring 2018
* Black Hammer: Age Of Doom #1
* Black Panther #172
* Cable #156
* Harley Quinn #42
* Her Infernal Descent #1
* Infidel #2
* Iron Fist #80
* John Wick #2
* Justice League #43
* Kick-Ass #3
* Lazarus #27
* Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #26
* Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe #4
* Skyward #1
* Super Sons #15
* Superman #45
* Survival Fetish #1
* X-Men Gold #26

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