HOT FIVE: Week of February 27, 2013

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.

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_Vol_3_0.1_TextlessGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #0.1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Steve McNiven

Published by Marvel Comics — $3.99

Move over Avengers…the Guardians got this. Star-Lord. Gamora. Drax. Rocket Raccoon. Groot. …and the Invincible Iron Man?! The Marvel Universe just got bigger as the legendary cosmic epic returns in the hands of superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, All-New X-Men) and Steve McNiven (Civil War; Old Man Logan). In this special prelude issue meet the man behind the Guardians: Star-Lord… and discover how this child of Earth became the leader of the rag-taggiest of teams in all the Galaxy. All setting the stage for next month’s historic Guardians of the Galaxy #1. This is the start of something big, Marvel fans.

Why It’s Hot: This is a big old one-two punch. Brian Michael Bendis, who’s experiencing a gust of fresh life on the two lead X-Men books, paired with artistic superstar Steve McNiven? And on a property that’s escalated from nobodies to big screen names overnight? Yeah, this is the book to talk about this week. Get in on the ground floor of what’s guaranteed to be Marvel’s next big hit.

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Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Chris Burnham
Published by DC Comics — $2.99

Everything Grant Morrison has been planning since the start of BATMAN, INCORPORATED leads to this stunning issue! You must not miss this one!

Why It’s Hot: Rumors have already been swirling like crazy. We all expected the worst for the end of Batman’s Death of the Family arc, but maybe there’s a bait and switch coming. In any event, if you haven’t been paying attention to Batman Incorporated, now is the time. Grant Morrison’s epic run on Batman is ending in mere months, and he always goes out on books with a bang…


uncannyskullkickers1aUNCANNY SKULLKICKERS #1
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Edwin Huang
Published by Image Comics — $3.50

The UNCANNY SKULLKICKERS: Two hard-headed mercenaries kill monsters and cause havoc in their search for money, fame and adventure! A bold new direction! A perfect jumping-on point! A newly added adjective! Our nineteeth issue, but also a new issue #1! It’s all here, people! Don’t make us use more exclamation marks!!

Why It’s Hot: Isn’t it enough to say it’s Uncanny? Oh wait, there are four books out this week that are Uncanny. Well then here’s the pitch: if you want a book that’s fun, easy to jump into and full of adventure, give this one a try. Need more? Check out Comicosity’s interview with writer Jim Zub here.

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RocketeerHollywoodHorror_ImageROCKETEER: HOLLYWOOD HORROR #1
Written by Roger Langridge
Art by Jason Bone
Published by IDW Publishing — $3.99

You wanted more Rocketeer… and you’ve got it! Missing scientists! Plucky girl reporters! Betty and Cliff on the rocks! The mysterious Church of Cosmicism! And who is the sinister Otto Rune? Pulp thrills the way you like them as the Rocketeer comes up against a brand-new adversary in… “The Hollywood Horror!”

Why It’s Hot: Rocketeer is experiencing quite the renaissance on the comics page these days, and the opportunity to jump in on a new story is too good to pass up. And with vastly underappreciated artist J. Bone on penciling duties, this is one to check out.

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Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico and Marco Checchetto

Published by Marvel Comics — $2.99

Greg Rucka’s powerful run comes to an end. It’s time for the Punisher to face his punishment.

Why It’s Hot: Greg Rucka’s run on the Punisher comes to a close, and so does his work for the Big Two publishers for the foreseeable future. As excited as I am for his forthcoming work at Image Comics on Lazarus, there’s a little bit of sadness to this final issue for me. War Zone has been a magnificent story, full of some of the smartest characterization seen in the Marvel Universe for a long time. Don’t miss this last chance to see Rucka work his magic on the characters we all grew up with.

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