HOT FIVE: Week Of February 22, 2017

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.

THE BELFRY
Written by Gabriel Hardman
Art by Gabriel Hardman
Publishe by Image Comics – $3.99

AN ALL-NEW HORROR ONE-SHOT FROM GABRIEL HARDMAN! When an airliner crashes in a remote jungle, everyone walks away unscathed only to find you can’t escape the lush, brutal world of the Belfry. From Hugo Award-nominated writer/artist GABRIEL HARDMAN (INVISIBLE REPUBLIC, KINSKI, Star Wars Legacy), THE BELFRY is a self-contained one-shot that may just strip you of your humanity.

Why It’s Hot: Gabriel Hardman is not only one of the most talented artists in the business today, but he has proven himself to be quite the writer as well. In this one shot from Image Comics he gets to show off all sides of his work, and the result is quite the horrifying/entertaining comic book.

ELEKTRA #1
Written by Matt Owens
Art by Juan Cabal
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

CASINO BATTLE ROYALE!

Running from her tumultuous past, ELEKTRA attempts to lose herself in a vibrant sea of neon, noise and anonymity: LAS VEGAS. But how long can a former ninja assassin really hope to escape the vortex of violence that encompasses her life…especially when there’s a new player in Sin City that has her in his sights for his newest game? Enter: Arcade.

Why It’s Hot: Elektra is back in her own ongoing series. The “Daredevil” line of comics has quietly become one of Marvel’s best set of titles. You have up and coming talent putting their unique spin on great characters. That trend continues with the new look Elektra.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Ivan Reis
Published by DC Comics – $2.99

Meet the Extremists-self-proclaimed saviors from another Earth, they thirst for peace, prosperity and total submission to the will of their leader, Lord Havok! How can the newly assembled JLA stop this group of misguided maniacs before the Extremists unleash their own unique-not to mention dangerous!-brand of law and order on our chaotic world?

Why It’s Hot: Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad planted the seeds, the one shot watered them, and this week we see the flower that is Justice League Of America in full bloom. It’s the newest Justice League team taking on Lord Havok by,way of Orlando and Reis. This series immediately becomes one of the best team comics around.

THE OLD GUARD #1
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Leandro Fernandez
Published by Image Comics – $3.99

Eisner-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, BLACK MAGICK, Wonder Woman) and critically acclaimed artist LEANDRO FERNANDEZ (THE DISCIPLINE, Deadpool, Punisher: MAX) team up together to introduce THE OLD GUARD, the story of old soldiers who never die…and yet cannot seem to fade away. Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia – “Andy” – and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find-and afford-their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.

Why It’s Hot: Rucka and Fernandez reunite almost fifteen years after their run on Wolverine, and oh boy does it look amazing. At this point anything Rucka launches immediately becomes a must read, and with the art Fernandez is turning out, we could be seeing the start of something special this week.

SPIDER-WOMAN #16
Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art by Veronica Fish
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

“SCARE TACTICS” PART 4!

•  SPIDER-WOMAN VS. HOBGOBLIN!

•  FINAL ROUND, WINNER TAKE ALL!

Why It’s Hot: Spider-Woman is really good. Like, really, really good, and I feel like it doesn’t get the love it deserves. What Hopeless has done with the character has been nothing short of amazing. The mix of action, humor, heartbreak, and triumph makes the series one of the quintessential Marvel titles. When Javier Rodriguez left the book one would assume there would be no way that the bookmdidnt suffer because of it. However, Veronica Fish has more than stepped up to the plate and delivered.

ALSO AVAILABKE THIS WEEK: Amazing Spider-Man #24, Descender #19, Detective Comics #951, IVX #5, Supergirl: Being Super #2

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