HOT FIVE: Week of December 19, 2012 (with BONUS!)

Every week, Comicosity brings you our Hot Five, 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 for the week in the comic market.

Django-Unchained_1-699x1024DJANGO UNCHAINED #1
Based on the screenplay by Quentin Tarantino
Art by R.M. Guera
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo — $4.99

Oscar-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s latest epic film script is adapted for comics! The blood-soaked tale of a bounty-hunting dentist and his partner, a recently freed slave, in the post-Civil War South! This is an adaptation of the full screenplay, including scenes that may not make it into the final theatrical cut!

Why It’s Hot: With Tarantino’s latest film hitting theaters on Christmas Day, this issue — the first of six — is your first chance for fans to experience the director’s vision in its entirety! In the fine tradition of Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill, Django Unchained is guaranteed to be hilarious, violent, smart and oddly poignant. Get in on the ground floor first here.

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Black Beetle Night Shift 0-1THE BLACK BEETLE: NIGHT SHIFT #0
Written by Francesco Francavilla
Art by Francesco Francavilla
Published by Dark Horse Comics — $2.99

When a powerful totem of dark magic shows up at the Colt City Natural History Museum, Hitler sends his fearsome Werwolf Korps to collect the piece. Unfortunately for the führer, Colt City’s protector, the Black Beetle, is on the case! From the mind of 2012 Eisner Award winner Francesco Francavilla (Batman: The Black Mirror). Collects three Dark Horse Presents stories from issues #11–#13.

Why It’s Hot: Take the brilliantly dark pencils of one of our modern masters and add in a splash of pulp hero that could make fans of the Green Hornet and Batman (and dare I say it, Ted Kord?) swoon, and you have The Black Beetle. If you missed this prelude the first time around, don’t hesitate to pick it up this time and prepare yourself for more Black Beetle to come in 2013!

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Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Cliff Chiang
Published by DC Comics — $2.99

Who is Orion — and what are the New Gods?! Massive changes are coming for Wonder Woman and the entire DC Universe! Get ready for round 1 of Wonder Woman vs. Orion!

Why It’s Hot: Fans squealed in glee with the surprise appearance of Orion at the end of Wonder Woman #12 and their three month wait for more is over. What will hopefully begin the slow reintegration of Jack Kirby’s brilliant cosmic heroes and villains, issue 15 promises to be a lush vision of god versus god by series lead artist extraordinaire, Cliff Chiang.

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Written by Rick Remender
Art by Phil Noto

Published by Marvel Comics — $3.99

FINAL ISSUE! FINAL EXTINCTION CONCLUDES AND SO DOES UNCANNY X-FORCE! Rick Remender’s landmark run comes to a conclusion with one of the most shocking moments in X-Force history. What will become of what’s left of X-Force?

Why It’s Hot: Uncanny X-Force has been one of Marvel’s critical hits over the past few years, and here’s where Rick Remender’s dramatic tale finishes its run and steps aside for two new X-Force books (and a continuation of some storylines into Uncanny Avengers). Sure it might not be a great jump-on point, but comic fans are sure to be effusive about this swan song come Wednesday.

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AdventureTime_11_preview_Page_1ADVENTURE TIME #11
Written by Ryan North
Art by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline
Published by KaBOOM! Studios — $3.99

BRAND NEW ARC! PERFECT JUMPING ON POINT FOR NEW READERS! Join Jake the Dog and Finn the Human in the latest of their totally math adventures! Get on board for what critics are calling “the best series of 2012”!

Why It’s Hot: Oh Jake and Finn! How absolutely addictive are your adventures! Honestly perfect for adults and kids alike (and how many things can TRULY say that?), Adventure Time is the gift that keeps on giving. Jump on here and enjoy the ride!

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BONUS! Two More For December 26th!

There aren’t many books hitting the stands the day after Christmas, but you’d be a fool to miss these pivotal comics!

Written by Dan Slott
Art by Humberto Ramos
Published by Marvel Comics — $7.99


Why It’s Hot: Well, you’d have to be living in a cave not to have a sense that something BIG is changing in the world of Spider-Man. With the launch of Superior Spider-Man next month (starring a web slinger who has been announced as definitively NOT Peter Parker), this one can’t be missed. Yes, it’s double the price of a normal Marvel comic, but reports have it weighing in at 3 to 4 times the size — and all original content! What a way to wrap up the year!


Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Gary Frank
Published by DC Comics — $3.99

Part 1 of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS,” crossing over with AQUAMAN! Don’t miss the debut of IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO (AQUAMAN) as the new JUSTICE LEAGUE art team! Can the Justice League band together to battle the forces of Atlantis? And in the backup feature, Shazam comes face to face with Black Adam, and Billy makes a decision that will shock his friends!

Why It’s Hot: Phase 2 of The New 52 begins here! Crossing over DC’s flagship book Justice League with its unbelievably bold seller Aquaman, Geoff Johns is kicking the world’s greatest super-heroes into their next big challenge — a civil war among its members that could have dire implications for the state of the world. The Road to Trinity War may be paved with strife, but we’ll be racing down it with smiles on our faces the entire way.



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