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 Michael Benedetto
Art by Antonio Fuso
Published by IDW Publishing – $3.99
A hard-boiled pop-culture sensation re-created for comics. In L.A., there’s one man you want behind the wheel. Just tell him where and when. He doesn’t take part, doesn’t know anyone, doesn’t carry a weapon. He drives, and he’s the best. Ride along as James Sallis’ lean nü-noir masterpiece unfolds onto the sun-bleached streets of Los Angeles in this exciting 4-part comic book adaptation.
Why It’s Hot: Drive was an awesome, stylish movie that showed off Los Angeles and surrounding areas (including my own neighborhood) as a well as possibly any movie that came before it. The noir aspects of the story should translate wonderfully to the comic book page, and readers around the world should be excited.
HELLBOY IN HELL #7
Written by Mike Mignola
Art by Mike Mignola
Published by Dark Horse Comics – $2.99
“The Hounds of Pluto” Part 1 of 2.
A sickness eats away at Hellboy. Though he’s dead, he risks losing himself and becoming one of the hollow phantoms that haunt Hell. A team of doctors promise a cure, but they need something from him first . . .
Why It’s Hot: Hellboy In Hell has seen a master in Mike Mignola at the top of his craft. It is pure, unadulterated awesomeness. If you have been reading the series you know exactly what I’m talking about. Mignola is arguably putting out the work of his career, and considering his career that’s saying something. For those that haven’t been reading you’re in luck, as issue seven sees the beginning of a new two part story.
NEW MGMT #1
Written by Matt Kindt
Art by Matt Kindt
Published by Dark Horse Comics – $3.99
Matt Kindt brings his game-changing masterpiece MIND MGMT to its astonishing conclusion in this unforgettable one-shot!
The war is over. The world has been changed. But into what?!
Why It’s Hot: This is it. The end of Matt Kindt’s masterpiece is among us. While it will be exciting to see if Kindt takes on a solo project like in the future, it is hard to argue that comics won’t be missing just a little something without Mind MGMT.
OVER THE GARDEN WALL #1
Written by Pat McHale
Art by Jim Campbell
Published by BOOM! Studios – $3.99
What’s to Love: Airing last November, Pat McHale’s Over the Garden Wall was Cartoon Network’s first-ever original animated miniseries. We loved the eerily sweet story of two half-brothers trying to find their way home so much we published a companion one-shot that was quickly snapped up by folks who just wanted more of this world to experience. Now, we’re expanding the world of Over the Garden Wall with McHale and returning artist Jim Campbell with a full-length story.
What It Is: A new Over the Garden Wall story set between episodes 3 and 4 of the animated series! Wirt and Greg are trying to hitch a ride out of schooltown but end up having to walk. Soon, they come upon two girls playing, and wind up having to keep them entertained so that they don’t wake their giant father!
Why It’s Hot: One of the biggest surprises of 2014 happened in November when Cartoon Network released their first animated miniseries, Over The Garden Wall. In fact, it was one of best programs of any sort to hit the airwaves last year. It was beautiful, whimsical, touching, and surreal. BOOM! Studios felt the same way, as they published a one shot, and now they are back for more. Creator Pat McHale takes us back to his wonderful world with a full sized one shot. Any reason to return to this amazing setting is a great one. If you haven’t seen the show take a few hours out of the day to experience the beauty, you won’t be sorry. Then from there pick up this issue on Wednesday and enjoy.
ZODIAC STARFORCE #1
Written by Kevin Panetta
Art by Paulina Ganucheau
Published by Dark Horse Comics – $3.99
An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class!
These high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters! But when an evil force infects leader Emma, she must work with her team to save herself-and the world-from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!
Why It’s Hot: Just look at what this comic is about, and tell me it doesn’t sound awesome. You can’t! The best part is that it really is that good, and will be a new favorite for many readers.
OTHER ISSUES OF NOTE: Ant-Man Last Days #1, Batgirl #43, Cyborg #2, East Of West #20, Hank Johnson: Agent of Hydra #1