HOT FIVE: Week of January 28, 2015

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 for the week in the comic market!

102714_1443_CASANOVAACE1CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1
Written by Matt Fraction & Michael Chabon
Art by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Ba
Published by Image Comics – $3.99

Marooned in Los Angeles with no memory of his past, Casanova Quinn takes on the mystery of his criminal benefactor’s tangled and bloody history-as strange occult forces from the future conspire to… do stuff? To him? To Los Angeles? To you? YES.

Featuring the first in a series of backup stories by Pulitzer Prize winner MICHAEL CHABON and CASANOVA co-creator GABRIEL BÁ.

Why It’s Hot: Casanova Quinn is back, as one of the craziest comic books around returns for a new volume! Fraction is joined by Pulitizer Prize winning writer Michael Chabon for one of the most anticipated comics of 2015. Whatever trouble Casanova finds himself in you know it will be crazy ride, and will look phenomenal with Moon and Bá handling art duties.

DangerClub06_CoverDANGER CLUB #6
Written by Landry Q. Walker
Art by Eric Jones
Published by Image Comics – $2.99

As all of reality collapses, Kid Vigilante travels through the land of the dead in search of salvation.

Why It’s Hot: It’s been awhile, but the acclaimed series is back! Danger Club tells the story of a world where the adult superheroes were taken out, and the teenage sidekicks have to step up and save the world. The series is brutal, unrelenting, bad ass, and packs in a bunch of what makes comics awesome (including giant Robots!). With almost two years in-between issues, it would have been easy just to write off Danger Club, but fans of the series will be ecstatic to see it back. For those of you that want to get in on the fun you can pick up the first TPB, or buy issues 1-5 digitally for $1.99 off the Image website.

DyingandDead01_CoverTHE DYING AND THE DEAD #1
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Ryan Bodenheim
Published by Image Comics – $4.50 (60pgs)

“TODAY, TOMORROW, THE GRAVE”
A murder at a wedding reveals a fifty year-old secret. At great cost, a man with a dying wife is given the opportunity to save her. A lost tribe is reborn in another time. Seemingly disparate events that force relics from the Greatest Generation to come together for one last hurrah.

Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and fan-favorite artist RYAN BODENHEIM, THE DYING AND THE DEAD is high adventure meets end-of-life care.

It’s Indiana Jones for Old People. There are no fedoras, only bedpans.

Why It’s Hot: It’s a new Jonathan Hickman creator owned book. How can a book written by the guy that has brought us East of West and The Manhattan Projects (along with some of the best superhero work of the past decade) not be hot? Throw in some beautiful art from Ryan Bodenheim and SIXTY pages of story for only $4.50 ($1.50 for every 20 pages of story) and you have your no brainer pickup of the week.

m-g--110250THE MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Nicola Scott & Various
Published by DC Comics – $7.99

The guidebook to the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here!

With a detailed concordance featuring each of the 52 worlds in the Multiverse, a complete history of DC Comics’ universe-shattering “Crisis” events, a map of all known existence, AND an action-packed dual adventure starring Kamandi of Earth-51 alongside the post-apocalyptic Atomic Knight Batman of Earth-17 and chibi Batman of Earth-42, this 80-page mountain of MULTIVERSITY madness cannot be missed!
The MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK contains everything you ever wanted to know about DC’s parallel worlds and their super-heroic inhabitants. Meet the Agents of W.O.N.D.E.R. The Light Brigade, the Super-Americans and the Love Syndicate! Meet the Accelerated Man, Aquaflash, BiOmac and more!

Overflowing with today’s top artists and completely written by Grant Morrison himself, readers of the DC Universe can’t afford to pass up this oversized, sixth chapter of MULTIVERSITY!

Why It’s Hot: Grant Morrison has been on fire with Multiversity and now we get to see his imagination unleashed with a guide to the entire DC Multiverse. With different realities getting a lot of attention as Convergence draws near it will fascinating to see what a multiverse structured by Grant Morrison looks like from a big picture perspective. Not only will it be a great read, but with art by talents such as Nicola Scott it will be quite the looker as well.

UNCAVEN2015001_DC11UNCANNY AVENGERS #1
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Daniel Acuna
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

COUNTER-EVOLUTIONARY PART 1

•  From the ashes of AXIS an all-new, all different Avengers assemble!
•  The tragedy at the end of AXIS has left the Uncanny Avengers vulnerable, and someone is taking advantage of it.
•  One of the Avengers oldest foes returns with a terrible secret that will, all hyperbole aside, shatter the lives of two members of the squad.
•  What is Counter-Earth? What terrible secrets does it house?

Why It’s Hot: Uncanny Avengers was one of the best books that Marvel was publishing heading into Axis. While the company wide crossover event may have not lived up to the expectations of certain readers, it is safe to say that Rick Remender has always worked better when his work is given its own corner to to grow in. With an interesting lineups characters, Daniel Acuna on art, and some intriguing plot points from Axis to follow up on, there’s no reason to believe that this volume of Uncanny Avengers won’t match the quality of its predecessor.

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