Welcome to Comicosity’s final Hot Five of 2015! 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! I hope you all have a great New Year’s, and I will see you in 2016!
CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE #5
Written by Jeph Loeb
Art by Tim Sale
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
This is it! The long awaited finale to Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s epic Captain America story!
Why It’s Hot: Readers waited almost a decade for the latest “Color” book from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale to hit the stands. To be honest, many of us never thought it would see the light of day. It was released, and the comic book world is better for it. This week sees the fifth and final issue hit the stands. Loeb and Sale have shown over the past several months why they are considered one of the best creative duos the industry has ever seen. I know I’m not alone when I say that I can’t wait for a big hardcover of this beautiful series.
DEADPOOL & CABLE: SPLIT SECOND #1
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Reilly Brown
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
Call them a duo with a special kind of dynamics…call them the odd couple but with guns…call them 90s comics distilled down into two characters-DEADPOOL AND CABLE ARE BACK, BABY! That’s right-The Merc with the Mouth and the Soldier with the Scowl are together again in this all-new series! When Cable gets a vision of a terrible future set off by the death of one man, he knows he must protect him no matter what! I’ll get you three guesses who’s been hired to kill that guy. Go on, guess. The fan favorite team of Fabian Nicieza & Reilly Brown have reunited to get the gang back together-and it feels so good!
Why It’s Hot: Deadpool and Cable are together again, and they aren’t the only ones. Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown, better known as the creative team that helped make Deadpool & Cable such a popular comic, have also been reunited for this three issue series. The story was originally a digital first Infinite Comic, so I can tell you that the elements from the original series are alive and well here. Wade and Nathan shouldn’t work together as well as they do. When brought together the two transcend their humble beginnings as Rob Liefeld created beacons of 1990s comic book excess, and are just a whole lot of fun.
DREAMING EAGLES #1
Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Simon Coleby
Published by Aftershock Comics – $3.99
Inspired by true events, Dreaming Eagles tells the story of the first African American fighter pilots to join the United States Army Air Force in WWII and whose humble beginnings in Tuskegee, Alabama propelled them into the deadly skies above Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Not only were they instrumental against the Nazi war machine, but also braved an equally great challenge, overcoming everyday bigotry amongst their fellow American soldiers as well as civilians at home. High in the heavens, they fought a battle that would change their country and their world forever. Industry legend Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Hellblazer) joins artist Simon Coleby (2000 AD, The Authority) for this high-flying tale of love, war and family.
Why It’s Hot: Aftershock Comics continues its rollout with a war comic from Garth Ennis. Not only a war comic, but one about fighter pilots. This is the type of comic that Ennis excels at, and should prove to be a great addition to Aftershock’s initial launch lineup. Keep an eye on this one, it could help eatablish what this exciting new company is all about.
HOWLING COMMANDOS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
Written by Frank Barbiere
Art by Brent Schoonover
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
• A brand new commando joins the battle!
• The team searches for answers in a haunted museum!
• The horror comes home with a crisis at S.T.A.K.E. HQ!
Why It’s Hot: Consider this entry my protection against people asking me why I didn’t recommend this series to them sooner. Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. came out of nowhere to become one of my personal favorite All New All Different Marvel launches. I never thought I’d love a book featuring a zombie Jasper Sitwell as much as I do. Barbiere and Schoonover are turning out a comic whose closest comparison may just be Nextwave, and that is high praise. The creative team has taken a bunch of misfit B or even C-list characters, given them a purpose, and unleashed them in an absolute bonkers of an adventure. That sounds a lot like what what Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen did almost a decade ago, and we all know what happened to that series. There have been lot of really good new comics coming out of Marvel lately, and it is really easy to overlook some of the lower profile gems. Just do yourself a favor, and at least check out what Barbarie and Schoonover are cooking. Chances are you’ll find it tasty.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #47
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jason Fabok
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
Super-star artist Jason Fabok returns as the second act of “DARKSEID WAR” begins! As the members of the Justice League struggle with their new Godhood abilities, Wonder Woman must turn to the beings that have fought the Anti-Monitor before: the Crime Syndicate! Plus, what secret does Grail hold that will change Diana’s world forever?
Why It’s Hot: Jason Fabok is back, as Darkseid War pushes on with the start of a new arc. The story Geoff Johns has been telling over the past several months has been one of the best Justice League stories in years, and one of the biggest event comics of 2015. As the calendar turns, and we enter 2016, Johns looks to take the story to the next level by weaving in story elements that he has set up over the past several years. The end result should be another nice treat for long time readers, courtesy of one of the best creative teams in all of comics.
ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK: Batman & Robin: Eternal #13, Black Magick #3, Chewbacca #5, Rocket Raccoon & Groot #1, Squadron Supreme #2