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 Scott Snyder
Art by Yanick Paquette
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
It is time. Bruce Wayne has reclaimed his true past as Batman. Now he must descend into the cave and face what he once was. Can he truly leave behind a life free from the pain and anguish of the Bat? Can he plunge once more into the madness and purpose that once consumed him? In this special, thrilling issue, watch as the fate of Bruce Wayne, and Batman, is decided once and for all.
Why It’s Hot: Bruce Wayne remembers. Bruce Wayne is back as The Dark Knight. What happens next is aure to surprise, and excite!
Written by Various
Art by Various
Published by Marvel Comics – $9.99
Twenty-five years ago in February 1991, the New Mutants encountered a blabber mouthed mercenary who tore through Xavier’s mansion and into the very heart of the 1990s. Now, that self-same degenerate is one of the most popular heroes in the world, an Avenger, and maybe the smelliest and grossest person that tumblr swoons over. Come see how Deadpool reacts to life at the top of the world…(hint: he does not handle it well). PLUS: A full array of stories from Deadpool’s new allies, the members of the Mercs for Money! Oh…and I think there is, like…some other Deadpool thing this month people are excited about? I forget what.
Why It’s Hot: It’s a Deadpool celebration! Arguably the most popular new character created over the past 25 years gets a super sized anniversary issue worthy of the occasion. Add that to the fact that the Deadpool movie comes out in just a few weeks, and things are looking quite HOT for Wade and company.
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Caitlin Rose Boyle
Published by BOOM! Studios – $3.99
What’s to Love: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Jonesy is a comic about love that makes us swoon! Sam Humphries (Legendary Star Lord, Citizen Jack) and fresh talent Caitlin Rose Boyle (Buck n’ Lou & the Night Crew) bring something special to BOOM! Box with this series about mad-cap shenanigans, friendship, pals, being a teenager, and figuring out who you are…with a teen cupid twist! If you like Giant Days, dig adorkable romance stories, or just want to smile from ear to ear after reading a comic, you’ll fall in love with Jonesy!
What It Is: Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. She’s a cupid in plaid. With a Tumblr. There’s only one catch-it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong…
Why It’s Hot: A new Sam Humphries series is enough to get a lot of readers excited these days. A new Sam Humphries series that appears to be unlike anything he he’s done before, with awesome art from Caitlin Rose Boyle should excite almost everyone. Add up all of that with the above description of the series, and you have a HOT comic.
SNOW BLIND #3
Written by Ollie Masters
Art by Tyler Jenkins
Published by BOOM! Studios – $3.99
After Trent is taken into police custody, Teddy’s parents take the family to a cabin to get away for a few days, unaware that Teddy knows the truth about everything.
Why It’s Hot: Masters, and Jenkins’ Alaskan mystery is one of the most intriguing new comics of the year so far, and a testament to the variety of comics currently being released by BOOM! Studios. Masters’ clever and twist filled scripts are matched by Jenkins’ pitch perfect art. After last issue’s big cliffhanger, Snow Blind has become a must read comic. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and pick up the first three issues this Wednesday.
THE DARK & BLOODY #1
Written by Shawn Aldridge
Art by Scott Godlewski
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo – $3.99
Guns, moonshine, monsters-there’s a lot going on in the backwoods of Kentucky. Iris Gentry is a war veteran who returned from Iraq to find his options for supporting his family limited. Since they live in a “dry” county, Iris has turned to running moonshine for his former ranking officer-meaning the men now share crimes at home and abroad. You see, back in their combat days, Iris’s regiment got involved in something they shouldn’t have, and now a deadly, otherworldly consequence has come looking for vengeance.
THE DARK AND BLOODY is a haunting new horror series by writer Shawn Aldridge (Vic Boone) and artist Scott Godlewski (Copperhead), with covers by Tyler Crook (Harrow County).
Why It’s Hot: The Vertigo Resurgence continues with a tale of Southern Horror! Every new title Vertigo has put out over the past six months has been a must read, and everything we’ve seen from The Dark & Bloody suggests that it will be no different. In fact, all signs are pointing towards this being a breakout series for the creative team of Aldridge and Godlewski.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Descender #10, Old Man Logan #2, Spider-Man/Deadpool #2, Starfire #9, The Ultimates #4