HOT FIVE: Week Of December 13, 2017

Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish friends out there, and  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.

ACTION COMICS #993
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Dan Jurgens
Published by DC Comics – $2.99

“BOOSTER SHOT” part one! As Superman struggles to cope with Mr. Oz’s true identity, the Man of Steel turns to the only “hero” he knows who can prove once and for all if Oz’s story is true: Booster Gold! But a massive power doesn’t want our heroes venturing through time, and will do anything it can to sabotage their journey!

Why It’s Hot: Booster Gold is back, and Dan Jurgens is writing and drawing the character he created 30+ years ago. It’s just another highlight as we keep on marching towards Action Comics issue #1000!



CATALYST PRIME: SUPERB #5
Written by David Walker & Sheena C. Howard
Art by Alitha Martinez & Ray-Anthony Height
Published by Lion Forge – $3.99

BEGINNING OF A NEW STORY ARC
The world’s new teen superhero duo of Cosmosis and Amina is ready to rescue their kidnapped parents from the Foresight Corporation, unaware that a new superpowered resistance force in the works.

How will secrets from their past affect the mission?
Is there more to their inventor ally, Abbie, than meets the eye?

Why It’s Hot: Lion Forge has quickly burst onto the scene with their Catalyst Prime universe of comics. A diverse group of extremely talented creators working together to create a superhero universe that they want to see. Catalyst Prime: Superb is one of the line’s flagship titles, and it’s no surprise with a creative team that includes names like David Walker, Sheena Howard and Alitha Martinez. With the start of the second arc there’s no better time to check out this series if you haven’t, and catch up if you end up liking it.

MISTER MIRACLE #5
Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerads
Published by DC Comics – $3.99

How do you spend your last night on Earth? Why, with the one you love, of course! Having been condemned to death by the new Highmaster, Mister Miracle is going to have to return to New Genesis for his execution. Before he does, he and Big Barda go on one last date. But if Scott Free truly is infected by Darkseid, as Orion says, you can bet some dark force will intervene-only to what end?

Why It’s Hot: King and Gerads close their stellar 2017 in style with the fifth issue of one of the year’s absolute best comics. How will Scott and Barda spend their last day on Earth before having to head back to New Genesis? You can expect a few steamy scenes that will be the talk of the comic town. If you aren’t reading this comic, give yourself a gift this holiday season and get caught up on arguably the best comic currently being published by any publisher anywhere in the world.

RUNAWAYS #4
Written by Rainbow Rowell
Art by Kris Anka (Pencils)
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

• The next stop on the Runaways reunion train is to pick up Princess Powerful, A.K.A. the best Marvel character of all time, MOLLY HAYES!
• Gert and Co. find Molly living quite happily with her grandmother.
• Wait, that can’t be right, can it?

Why It’s Hot: Runaways has slowly been getting the team back together, and we finally get to see the little powerhouse known as Molly Hayes get brought back into the fold. Between the show on Hulu, and their return in the comics there is no better time to be, or to become, a fan of Runaways!

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL #1
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Jamie McKelvie, Kris Anka, Chynna Clugston Flores, Carla Speed McNeil, Rachel Stott, Emma Vieceli (Pencils) & Matthew Wilson (Colors)
Published by Image Comics – $3.99

JAMIE said “It’s a shame we never saw any of the gods’ early funtimes,” and KIERON said “Yeah,” and then they looked at each other, and then called all their talented friends to do a Christmas album of (mostly) fan service! Inanna and Baal getting it on! Lucifer and Sakhmet getting it on! Dionysus giving Baphomet a lift in a crappy car! And more! This one has it all.

Why It’s Hot: Some of the best creators in comics coming together to make a Christmas Annual for one of the best creator owned comics around. Look at the names involved and tell me this comic isn’t going to be amazing?

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

* Amazing Spider-Man #792 – Spider-Man vs. Venom for the first time in a few years, as the Venom INC crossover continues!

* The Archies #3 – The Archies are on tour and CHVRCHES make their comic debut, as Segura, Rosenberg, and Eisma’s rock n’ roll spectacular continues to impress.

* Batgirl & The Birds Of Prey #17 – The female heroes of Gotham City have been united by the Birds Of Prey to defeat The Daughters Of Gotham. Will it be enough?

* Bug: The Adventures Of Forager #6 – The finale of the Allred brother’s and Young Animal’s ode to Jack Kirby is here.

* Catalyst Prime: Astonisher #3 – Alex De Campi and Pop Mhan’s contribution to the burgeoning Catalyst Prime universe continues

* Despicable Deadpool #290 – Since being rebranded as Despicable Deadpool Gerry Duggan’s “The Merc With A Mouth” run has never better. Deadpool hired by Stryfe to kill Cable comes with all sorts wildness. There are dinosaurs, vampires, vampire dinosaurs, time travel, dismemberment, and so much more.

* Falcon #3 – Sam Wilson takes on Blackheart for the soul of Chicago!

* Judas #1 – BOOM! Studios has compared this new four issue mini-series to Preacher and The Goddamned. Bringing up one of the best comics of the past twenty years, and Jason Aaron’s biblical epic is a sure way to build hype for your comic. Will Jeff Loveness and Jakub Rebelka’s take on the story of Judas Icscariot live up to the hype? I sure hope so!

* Justice League Of America #20 – The JLA’s latest battle with Prometheus comes to a conclusion

* Kid Lobotomy #3 – The flagship title of IDW’s Black Crown imprint is one of the coolest, creepiest, and flat out weirdest comics of 2017. Not enough can be said about the work of Peter Milligan, Tess Fowler, and everyone else involved has done under the watchful eye of super editor Shelly Bond.

* Rumble #1 – The fan favorite Image series Rumble is back with a new number one!

* Secret Warriors #10 – Secret Warriors is one of Marvel’s best comics. It’s a perfect blend of Inhumans and X-Men, and there’s no further proof needed than the team taking on Mr. Sinister,

* Star Wars #40 – Happy Star Wars: The Last Jedi week!

* The Punisher #219 – Frank Castle in War Machine armor shouldn’t work, but after Rosenberg and Vilanova’s first issue it’s clear that the team has defied expectations. The Punisher killing bad guys with a whole lot of firepower is a whole lot of fun.

* Weapon X #12 – Nuke-Clear War begins here, as the Weapon X team goes head to head with a a militia powered by the same red pills that gave Nuke his powers. I think we can expect some violence courtesy of Greg Pak and Yildiray Cinar!

* The Wildstorm: Michael Cray #3 – The Wildstorm’s Michael Cray comes face to face with the DC Universe’s The Flash! The work that Hill and company have done in the first spinoff of Warren Ellis’ The Wild Storm has been nothing short of phenomenal.

* X-Men Blue #17 – The “Original Five” continue their wild caper through time and come face to face with the X-Men of 2099!

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