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.
ALIENS: DEAD ORBIT #1
Written by James Stokoe
Art by James Stokoe
Published by Dark Horse Comics – $3.99
After a horrific accident strikes a space station, an engineering officer must use all available tools-a timer, utility kit, and his wits-to survive an attack from the deadliest creature known to man. Orc Stain creator James Stokoe pens a thrilling and claustrophobic Aliens story: Dead Orbit!
Why It’s Hot: James Stokoe drawing Aliens. This is not a drill, James Stokoe is drawing a comic book with Xenomorphs in it. This will probably end up being the best looking comic this week. Did I mention that James Stokoe has drawn Xenomorphs and you can read it on Wednesday?
BATMAN/THE SHADOW #1
Written by Scott Snyder & Steve Orlando
Art by Riley Rossmo
Published by DC Comics & Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99
Two of history’s greatest vigilantes are reunited at last! Murder has come to Gotham City, and Lamont Cranston appears to be the culprit…but he’s been dead for over fifty years! Batman will go to the ends of the Earth to unravel the mystery of Cranston’s life, but the mysterious Shadow will do everything in his power to stop him from learning too much…
The superstar team of writers Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo brings you a dark and twisty modern noir like nothing you’ve seen before, with a brand-new villain unlike any either hero has faced! This is the unmissable crime series of 2017, so get on board now! Co-published with Dynamite.
Why It’s Hot: These DC co-published crossovers with other publishers have been pretty cool, but this one might be the best yet. They have taken two of DC’s best writers, and teamed them up with the always amazing Riley Rossmo. The end result is an unique and awesome take on two iconic characters.
BEN REILLY: THE SCARLET SPIDER #1
Written by Peter David
Art by Mark Bagley
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
One of the most controversial characters in comics has returned – and the controversy has only BEGUN! In the aftermath of THE CLONE CONSPIRACY, Ben has a new take on life…and he’s not the same Scarlet Spider he was before. Come witness what will be the most talked about comic of the year!
Why It’s Hot: Ben Reilly made his triumphant (?) return in The Clome Conspiracy after two decades on the shelf. Now the original Scarlet Spider is back, and he’s bringing an old friend along with him. Former Amazing Spider-Man and Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley is returning to the Spider-Man side of the Marvel Universe! That alone should be enough for Spidey fans to give this new issue a try, but seeing how Ben Reilly fits into the modern day Marvel Universe after the events that precipitated his return is another good reason.
THE FLASH #21
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Howard Porter
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
“THE BUTTON” part two! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party-and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
Why It’s Hot: Oh man, the tale that Joshua Williamson and Tom King are crafting with The Button is DC at its finest. This story feels like the heir apparent to Geoff Johns’ time with the DCU, and that is one of the highest compliments I can pay. There are moments in this issue that will leave fans expressing their glee audibly, and a last page that will have the internet talking. If the nuts and bolts of DC continuity interests you, there’s no way you can miss out on this comic.
THE MIGHTY THOR #18
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Russell Dauterman
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
THE “ASGARD/SHI’AR WAR” GOES FULL-ON PHOENIX!
• As the gods of the Shi’ar call down their ultimate judgment on the Asgardians, Thor finds desperately needed aid in the form of Odinson! But are even two thunder gods enough to take on the Phoenix Force?
• And where the Phoenix goes, lately so does the X-Men’s favorite troublemaker, Quentin Quire! Has the rebel-without-a-cause finally found one, or will he just let the world(s) burn?
Why It’s Hot: Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor is great. Jason Aaron’s Wolverine & The X-Men was great. Combining the two with the current Asgard/Shi’ar War running through the pages of The Mighty Thor has been delightful. Now we about to be blessed with Aaron writing Quentin Quire again? Or how about the amazing team of Dauterman and Wilson getting to put the Phoenix Force on page? This one goes straight tot the top of the must read pile.
HIDDEN GEM OF THE WEEK:
REAL SCIENCE ADVENTURES #1
Written by Brian Clevinger
Art by Lo Baker
Published by IDW Publishing – $3.99
A group of Women Airforce Service Pilots banded together after World War II and became the daring “Flying She-Devils.” Food and fuel are in short supply, but the She-Devils have a plan: take it from Mad Jack, the pirate king of the Pacific. What could go wrong? Also a never-before-seen short featuring THE SPARROW!
• From the pages of Atomic Robo, the Flying She-Devils embark on a new daring adventure!
• The spinoff story to the online sensation-in print for the first time!
Why It’s Shiny: It feels like Atomic Robo has been around forever, and that’s because ten years is a long time in today’s comic book world. Throughout its run Brian Clevinger’s series has been stellar, yet under appreciated. The same could end up happening to this fantastic spinoff featuring the Flying She-Devils. Just read that solicitation text and try to tell me that doesn’t sound awesome. You can’t.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Action Comics #978, Bitch Planet #10, Black Panther #13, Britannia: We Who Are About To Die #1, Doom Patrol #6, Justice League Of America #5, The Old Guard #3, Ultimates 2 #6, X-Men Blue #2, X-Men Gold #2, X-O Manowar #2