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.
Written by Jay Faerber
Art by Sumeyye Kesgin
Published by Image Comics – $3.99
COPPERHEAD WRITER JAY FAERBER TEAMS WITH RISING STAR SUMEYYE KESGIN TO UNVEIL ELSEWHERE: THE FANTASTIC STORY OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO AMELIA EARHART!
Mysteriously transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviator to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord!
“Get lost in this other world and you’ll be in the best company.” – KIERON GILLEN (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE)
Why It’s Hot: Faerber is an established veteran writer with a great track record of awesome comic books. Kesgin is an extremely talented up and coming artist. Add a high concept Amelia Earhart story? Yeah, this is definitely a comic to keep your eye on this week.
GHOST STATION ZERO #1
Written by Antony Johnson
Art by Shari Chankhamma
Published by Image Comics – $3.99
FROM THE CREATOR OF ATOMIC BLONDE – BABOUSHKA’S BACK FOR A BRAND-NEW MISSION!
“Ghost Stations” are abandoned Soviet bases from the Cold War, long forgotten and useless…or so people think! When an EON agent goes missing on the trail of a ghost station in the Swiss mountains, Mr. Clay turns to crime-boss-turned-blackmailed-international-superspy BABOUSHKA to investigate-and what she finds is EXPLOSIVE!
Why It’s Hot: More bad ass lady spy action from the creator of The Coldest City aka the comic that Atomic Blonde was based off of? Yes please!
MECH CADET YU #1
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Takeshi Miyazawa
Published by BOOM! Studios – $3.99
Once a year, giant robots from outer space come to Earth and bond with young cadets from the elite Sky Corps Academy to defend the world from the terrifying aliens known as the Sharg. It’s a great honor to be chosen, but this year…well, the wrong kid was picked.
Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk) and Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel) team up for an action-packed adventure perfect for fans of Amadeus Cho and Pacific Rim!
Why It’s Hot: This comic is going to be great. You can quote me on that one. I mean, just take one look at that creative team, and another at what the comic about. Now you can get excited, if you weren’t already. While you’re waiting to buy this tomorrow, check out our interview with Greg Pak.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: DIMENSION X #1
Written by Paul Allor
Art by Pablo Tunica
Published by IDW Publishing – $3.99
The Turtles journey to find a reclusive and indestructible empath- only to find that the assassin Hakk-R has found him first… and convinced him that the Turtles are the enemy!
* Directly ties in to the exciting events of the main series, “The Trial of Krang!”
* Continuing the events from Free Comic Book Day!
Why It’s Hot: How great are IDW’s TMNT titles? If you don’t know the answer to this then you are missing out on arguably the best licensed comics currently being published. Now veteran TMNT writer Paul Allor is picking up the threads of the FCBD issue, and is bringing the brothers to Dimension X!
Written by Chuck Wendig & Aubrey Sitterson
Art by Alvaro Sarraseca & Dylan Burnett
Published by Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99
The fascist Saurian soldiers of the Varanid Empire – part dinosaur, part man, all bad news – have seized control of the Lost Valley, and only the mysterious man known as Turok is willing to stand against them! But the all-new Turok only cares about one thing: he’s on a quest to track down a missing girl – and she might hold clues as to how the Lost Valley has changed so much! Now Turok must infiltrate a prison camp run by the Varanid Empire in order to get more information about her whereabouts – and beware, any Varanid soldier who gets in his way – because there’s a reason they call him the Dinosaur Hunter! Also: Doc Spektor, Part 2! The story of the all-new master (and we use the term lightly) sorcerer continues… as Doc banishes a demon from an Upper-East Side apartment AND commits fraud – all in a day’s work!
Why It’s Hot: Dynamite has done very well by the Gold Key characters in recent years, but the build to “The Sovereigns” might end up being the best if the bunch. A big part of the reason is the talent that Dynamite has brought in. This issue alone sees acclaimed author Chuck Wendig writing the Turok feature, while rising star Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. Joe) continues his Doc Spektor backup. Joining the writers are the extremely talented artists Alvaro Sarraseca, and Dylan Burnett. I expect another win for Dynamite with this one.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Batman #28, Generations: The Strongest #1, Jessica Jones #11, New Gods Special #1, Rocket Girl #8