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
CRIMINAL: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Sean Phillips
Published by Image Comics – $4.99
BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS return ten years later to the world of CRIMINAL for one of their darkest and strangest tales yet. Teeg and Tracy Lawless co-star in this one-shot, a twisted 70s noir about a father and son on the run. Also includes articles, illustrations, and behind-the-scenes extras.
Why It’s Hot: Brubaker and Phillips return to the world Criminal to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed series. Comic books don’t get much better than when these two get together, and it’s always special when they return to their greatest creation.
DEPT. H #1
Written by Matt Kindt
Art by Matt & Sharlene Kindt
Published by Dark Horse Comics – $3.99
From New York Times best-selling MIND MGMT creator Matt Kindt comes an exciting new undersea sci-fi mystery.
Mia is a special investigator hired to uncover possible sabotage taking place at a deep-sea research station. What she finds is a mind-blowing crime scene filled with suspects with terrible secrets, strange deep-sea creatures, and an impending flood!
Why It’s Hot: Matt Kindt brings us his brand new follow up to the modern classic Mind MGMT. With a murder mystery set in the depths of the ocean, Dept. H is a classic whodunnit, as told by one of comic’s most gifted creators. The first issue will rope readers in with an engaging mystery, and a strong introduction to the characters. I have a feeling each subsequent issue will leave fans pouring through them for clues, and result in theories being bandied about online. As expected from a Kindt book, it is beautiful. Matt’s wife, Sharlene’s painted work over his pencils brings out the most of the book’s setting. This is good comic booking!
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Rafael Alburquerque
Published by Image Comics – $3.99
Huck and Orlov’s final showdown!
Why It’s Hot: Mark Millar has produced some of the most beloved work of his career over the past few years, but his collaboration with Rafael Alburquerque is the series that showed many readers a new side to the writer. Huck has been a special comic that has shown off Millar’s soft side while telling a genuinely sweet superhero story, something that is all too rare in today’s comic landscape. One can hope that the series wraps up in a way where the door is left open for potential sequels down the road.
SUPERMAN: LOIS & CLARK #7
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Lee Weeks
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
The cosmic menace of Hyanthis hits Earth-and this Superman may not be enough to stop her from obtaining the power of the Oblivion Stone. And is Jon starting to manifest superpowers of his own?
Why It’s Hot: This series has been a huge surprise. Not only is it arguably the best work in years by writer Dan Jurgens, but the series appears to be laying a lot of ground work for the future of the Superman line during DC Rebirth. It looks like Lois and Clark are going to need to have a discussion with their son, as he has learned a thing or two about his parents, and himself!
TOKYO GHOST #6
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Sean Murphy
Published by Image Comics – $3.99
NEW STORY ARC
Flak world’s new CCO, Davey Trauma, is making some changes to The Isles of Los Angeles more to his suiting. How could it get any worse? You’ll see. Constable Led Dent returns to his brutal beat, but he’s haunted by a ghost from Tokyo.
Why It’s Hot: Rick Remender, and Sean Murphy are currently two of the top creators in comics, and their book Tokyo Ghost is a shining example of why this is the case. With the start of the second story arc there’s no better time to jump on board. As is par for the course with Image titles, the first collection is only $9.99. That means it isn’t too hard to pick up the first trade at the same time as this week’s issue, and get caught up on the stunning dystopian future that is Tokyo Ghost.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Action Comics #51, Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo #1, Joyride #1 Power Man And Iron Fist #3, Superman: American Alien #6