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 Marguerite Bennett
Art by Rafael de Latorre
Published by Aftershock Comics – $3.99
One day, the Animals woke up.
They started thinking. They started talking.
They started taking revenge.
Now, a dog and his girl are trying to get away–out of New York City, and all the way to San Francisco, to the only person who might be able to protect and save her.
From the writer of INSEXTS A-FORCE, and BOMBSHELLS and the artist of SUPERZERO, comes a new kind of road trip, a new kind of black comedy, and a new kind of coming-of-age.
Why It’s Hot: Aftershock Comics has had one of the most impressive debuts for a publisher over the past several months, and Marguerite Bennett is one of the most impressive young talents in comics today. Animosity is a title that caught the eye of quite a few fans when it was announced. The combination of a fledgling publisher, emergent creative talents, and an exciting concept make Animosity a series to keep an eye on.
HARLEY QUINN #1
Written by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Chad Hardin
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
“Die Laughing” part one! Welcome back to Harley Quinn’s crazy world on Coney Island…now get ready to wave goodbye, because everyone there just might get eaten alive! Harley’s gotta protect her neighborhood against an all-out zombie apocalypse! Break out the chainsaws, everybody!
Why It’s Hot: Harley Quinn is arguably the most popular comic book character created in the past quarter century, and this week might just be the biggest week of those twenty five years. Not only is the character’s ongoing series being relaunched for Rebirth, but she will be taking center stage in a little movie called Suicide Squad. Hopefully fans all over the world will go see the movie, and check out the great work that this creative team has done to elevate the character to new heights in the comics. There is no other group of creators that I’d want new fans of Harley to stumble upon after seeing the movie than this fine group. They’ve done amazing work on the character over the past few years, and there’s no reason to think that will change this week or in the months to come.
KILL OR BE KILLED #1
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Sean Phillips
Published by Image Comics – $3.99
The bestselling team of ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS (THE FADE OUT, CRIMINAL, FATALE) launch their new monthly series: KILL OR BE KILLED, the twisted story of a young man who is forced to kill bad people, and how he struggles to keep his secret as it slowly ruins his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones. Both a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism, KILL OR BE KILLED is unlike anything BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS have ever done.
Why It’s Hot: The closest thing to a guarantee in comics is a comic book with the names Brubaker, Phillips, and Breitweiser on the cover. That statement holds true with the extra sized first issue of Kill Or Be Killed.
PAPER GIRLS #8
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Cliff Chiang
Published by Image Comics – $2.99
Three young heroes from 1988 have been catapulted to the twenty-first century, and to make matters worse, something horrible has followed them there.
Why It’s Hot: With the Netflix original TV series Stranger Things taking the world by storm, people seem to be in the mood for some eighties nostalgia. Lucky for these people BKV and Cliff Chiang have been providing that in large doses with Paper Girls. The eighties, time travel, crazy characters, weird creatures, and a superstar creative team on top of their game have all been combined to form one of the very best comics being produced today.
SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1
Written by Rob Williams
Art by Philip Tan & Jonathan Glapion
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
Soldier. War hero. Traitor. Captain Rick Flag was one of America’s greatest military commanders before he was banished to a secret military prison. But after years of isolation, Flag’s life changes forever when a woman called Amanda Waller offers him redemption in exchange for taking on the single most dangerous job in the entire DC Universe: keeping the Suicide Squad alive!
Why It’s Hot: Suicide Squad gets the Rebirth treatment the same week as the superstar laden film hits theaters. With box office tracking making a monster opening weekend seem imminent, we are about to enter a brand new era for DC Comics — as the Suicide Squad becomes one of the companies most important properties.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Lady Killer 2 #1, Moon Knight #5, Nightwing #2, The Sheriff Of Babylon #9, The Walking Dead #157