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 Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin (Pencils) & June Chung (Colors)
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
“EVERYONE LOVES IVY” part one! Mikel Janin returns to BATMAN for a brand-new epic! Pamela Isley’s influence can spread as far as vegetation will allow, putting the whole world at her fingertips. Can Batman and Catwoman stand their ground against an entire planet of Poison Ivys?
Why It’s Hot: Tom King writing an arc focused on one of Batman’s oldest and deadliest foes in Poison Ivy is going to be good. The conversation that this issue is going to generate in certain corners of fandom will be fascinating. Either way, don’t miss out on what will definitely be one of the most discussed comics of the week!
BRAVE & THE BOLD: BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN #1
Written by Liam Sharp
Art by Liam Sharp (Pencils) & Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colors)
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
Don’t miss the start of a new, six-issue miniseries written and illustrated by Liam Sharp (WONDER WOMAN)! When a Celtic god’s murder leads to a war between the fairy folk and a possible breach between worlds, Wonder Woman must find the murderer and keep the peace while Batman investigates strange occurrences in Gotham City. As Diana must turn to the World’s Greatest Detective for help, the two heroes quickly learn their cases may be connected.
Why Its Hot: Liam Sharp’s run as artist on Wonder Woman was beautiful. Liam Sharp’s art in this first issue of Brave & The Bold blows away every single comic I’ve ever read with his name on the cover. The man is an absolute superstar artist, and by giving him his own series with two of the biggest characters to shape and mold might be the recipe for something special. Oh yeah, he’s a pretty good writer too.
DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1
Written by Don Cates & Nick Spencer
Art by Rod Reis
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
The city of sin gets its biggest sinner yet. When Doctor Strange raises Las Vegas up from its destruction during SECRET EMPIRE, he inadvertently opens a big door for the embodiment of evil, MEPHISTO! The devilish villain takes the city for himself and sets his sights on the rest of the world. It’s going to take heroes from all over the Marvel Universe to defeat him, but there’s nothing simple about fighting the lord of Hell.
Why It’s Hot: Not too long ago the Marvel Universe’s Las Vegas was destroyed. It was practically wiped off the map. This was an event that just couldn’t be ignored, and Doctor Strange is looking to do something about it. Don Cates has won over fans with his stellar first arc on Doctor Strange. Now he is shepardimg a little corner event featuring the magical side of the Marvel Universe. Having seen what Cates has done with his other Marvel titles, this has all the ingredients to be aweomse. I mean Doctor Strange, Sin City, magic, Mephisto? Teaming Cates with the writer who destroyed the city in his first work since Marvel’s last mega crossover event, and one of the artists that worked on that event brings a certain sense of welcomed creative continuity to the story. Keep an eye out for this comic, as I have a feeling it’s going to be yet another notch in Cates’ belt as he inches closer to superstardom.
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Published by Image Comics – $3.99
HIT-GIRL IS BACK!
The pint-sized Punisher-meets-Polly-Pocket has left America behind and set off to serve justice around the world. First stop: Colombia. A mother seeking vengeance for the murder of her child enlists Hit-Girl to destroy his killer, but Mindy has bigger plans for Colombia’s most feared hitman. MARK MILLAR and RICARDO LOPEZ ORTIZ join forces for the first chapter of Hit-Girl’s world tour in this new, ongoing monthly series.
Why Its Hot: After the return of Kick-Ass last week, everyone’s favorite little over the top murderous sidekick (please don’t tell her I used that word) has followed suit this week. Unlike Kick Ass, Hit Girl features the same old Mindy that fans of the franchise have loved for years. This time though she’s taken her unique spin of crime fighting global. First stop is Colombia, and I can only imagine the mayhem and carnage that will ensue!
INFINITY COUNTDOWN: PRIME
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Mike Deodato Jr (Pencils) & Frank Martin (Colors)
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
Contains 30 pages of all-new story from Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato Jr, with additional bonus content! This brand-new story is the beginning of the saga fans won’t want to miss.
The Infinity Stones. Individually, they grant their wielder great power. Together, they grant the power of a god. Newly reformed and scattered throughout the universe, these artifacts allow the ones who claim them their heart’s desire. Now, as their locations are discovered, forces converge for a battle that will begin the universe down a dark path to the END. Jump onto this exciting ride that will lead to the biggest Infinity yet! Plus: The saga of the Infinity Stones-what they are and how they came to be! From creation to destruction to re-creation, this prose primer will tell you everything you need to know about the legendary cosmic gems!
Why Its Hot: Over in All New Guardians Of The Galaxy Gerry Duggan has been crafting one of the best large scale cosmic stories that Marvel has seen in ages. By building upon classic continuity with a fresh new take, the Guardians’ search for the Infinity Stones has snowballed into a much bigger story. That story begins in proper here in Infinity Countdown: Prime. This issue serves as both the start of the larger story, a continuation of plot points we saw in Marvel Legacy #1, and as a refresher for those who have been following recent issues of GoTG. The location of each stone will be revealed, and I promise some of the answers will surprise you. If you’re new to the saga of the Infinity Stones, and are interested because of a little movie coming out, this issue also features a backup that goes over the history of Marvel’s most powerful artifacts.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK
* Amazing Spider-Man #796
* Avengers #781
* Batman And The Signal #2
* Black Panther Annual #1
* Bloodborne #1
* Cave Carson/Swamp Thing Special
* Deathbed #1
* The Defenders #10
* Ice Cream Man #2
* Kid Lobotomy #5
* Punk’s Not Dead #1
* The Mighty Thor #704
* Tales Of Suspense #102
* Wonder Woman/Conan #6