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
4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #1
Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Art by Tyler Boss
Published by Black Mask Comics – $3.99
A fun(ish) crime caper about children! Eleven-year-old Paige and her weirdo friends have a problem: a gang of ex-cons need her dad’s help on a heist… the problem is those ex-cons are morons. If Paige wants to keep her dad out of trouble, she’s going to have to pull off the heist herself. Like Wes Anderson remaking Reservoir Dogs, 4KWIAB is a very dark & moderately humorous story about friendship, growing up, D & D, puking, skinheads, grand larceny, and family.
Why It’s Hot: Matthew Rosenberg is one of the hottest up in comers in comics today, and Black Mask is one of the hottest new publishers in the industry. In many ways the two can thank each other for that, as the Rosenberg was part of the We Can Never Go Home creative team that helped put the publisher, and himself on the map. Now Rosenberg is back with his brand new follow up. This is going to be good.
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
Batman has battled everything from the Court of Owls to Mr. Bloom to the Joker, but how does he handle a quiet night in Gotham City…?
Why It’s Hot: The last Synder/Capullo issue is upon us. It’s the end of an era that will go down in history as one of the greatest runs The Dark Knight has ever seen. Thank you Scott and Greg for almost five years of greatness.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #49
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jason Fabok
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
In this, the penultimate chapter of the critically-acclaimed epic “Darkseid War,” the fate of the Justice League and the entire universe is on the line! But can even the combined might of the Justice Gods contend with the secret machinations of Grail, the deadly daughter of Darkseid? Death, rebirth and the life of one of the members of the League changed forever!
Why It’s Hot: Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s run on Justice League has been nothing short of phenomenal, and the series is racing towards its conclusion with “The Darkseid War.” Heading into DC’s “Rebirth” there is no bigger comic on DC’s slate this month than this one. What will Johns put the Justice League through these next few issues? How will it effect the characters heading into the Johns written Rebirth special? Beyond all of that, this story is just flat out good.
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by David Baldeon
Published by IDW Publishing – $4.99
THEY CAME FROM A DYING UNIVERSE! ACROYEAR, SPACE GLIDER, BIOTRON and their allies are back, on the run from the evil BARON KARZA, and blasting through a universe where magic and science vie for control! With resources dwindling, the long-lost TIME TRAVELERS may hold the key to salvation… but will it mean armageddon for our world?
Why It’s Hot: The next big old school revival may be upon us. With a recently announced movie on the way, IDW Publishing has enlisted a big time creative team in Cullen Bunn and David Baldeon to bring the Micronauts back to comics. This looks to be the beginning of big things for the toy line turned comic, and nostalgia lovers everywhere.
THE ULTIMATES #6
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Christian Ward
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
• Once he was the Devourer of Worlds — but now, at long last, his endless hunger has been cured.
• But is there a hidden price? What does it mean to wring new life from death? What does it mean to be…Galactus?
• Special guest artist Christian Ward (ODY-C) takes us into the life of the Lifebringer — for the most cosmic issue yet!
Why It’s Hot: An entire issue focusing on (the fomer) The Devourer of Worlds with art from guest artist Christian Ward. Ward’s art is worth the price of admission here, but Ewing has been crafting a story that is essential reading for fans of the Marvel Universe. This is one of the most under the radar “Big 2” comics of 2016, and that really should change.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Batgirl #51, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4, Saga #36, Sex Criminals #15, Spider-Woman #6