HOT FIVE: Week of January 7, 2015

Happy New Years and welcome to the first Comicosity Hot Five of 2015. As always, 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!

ANTMAN2015001_DC11ANT-MAN #1
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Ramon Rosanas
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99

• Scott Lang has never exactly been the world’s best super hero. Heck, most people don’t even think he’s been the best ANT-MAN — and the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so that’s saying something.
•  But when the SUPERIOR IRON MAN calls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Scott’s going to get a chance to turn it all around and be the hero he’s always dreamed of being.
•  Sure he’s been to prison! Sure he’s been through a messy divorce! Sure he’s been, um… dead. But this time is different! This time nothing is gonna stop the astonishing ANT-MAN!

Why It’s Hot: When it comes to Marvel Studios everyone has their eyes set on Avengers: Age of Ultron, but later this summer movie fans around the world will be introduced to Paul Rudd as Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man. The Marvel machine is getting the year of Ant-Man off to an early start to ensure that there will be comic book options for fans of the film. We can expect Marvel to push Ant-Man to heights that the character has never seen before, and an ongoing title with the always dependable Nick Spencer at the helm is a great way to get it started.

26351LADY KILLER #1
Written by Joelle Jones & Jamie S. Rich
Art by Joelle Jones
Published by Dark Horse Comics – $3.50

Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother-but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival.

Why It’s Hot: Dark Horse has an awesome new title on their hands with Lady Killer. Readers will be met with a new female character that is the epitome of bad ass, and art from Joelle Jones that exudes that 1960s flair. This book has been flying relatively under the radar, but you dear reader do not want to miss the boat with this series.

OPSIN2015001_DC11OPERATION S.I.N. #1
Written by Kathryn Immonen
Art by Rich Ellis
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

• Tying into the explosive events of ORIGINAL SIN, see an untold story from the origins of the Marvel Universe!
•  After an alien energy source is discovered in Russia in the early 1950’s, it’s up to Peggy Carter and Howard Stark to find out what happened.
•  But a newly-risen terrorist group going by the name Hydra also happens to be on the hunt for their own nefarious purposes!
•  It’s only when a mysterious operative going by the name of Woodrow McCord enters the picture to aid Peggy and Howard that they realize just how far some people are willing to go to keep the Earth safe!
•  Megawatt writer Kathryn Immonen (JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY) is joined by rising star artist Rich Ellis (SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) to tell an all-new tale featuring AGENT CARTER!

Why It’s Hot: Operation S.I.N. may be spinning out of the events in Original Sin, but the real sell here is the inclusion of Agent Carter. By the time this Hot Five is published we will be mere hours away from the Series Premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter tv show on ABC. Fans who tune in to see Haley Atwell kick butt as the titular Agent Carter will be able to head to the local comic shop the next day and pickup a brand new adventure featuring the heroine. Don’t let the missed opportunity with the title fool you, Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis are bringing us a Peggy Carter/Howard Stark team up book, and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun.

SQGIRL2015001_DC11UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1
Written by Ryan North
Art by Erica Henderson
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

• Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There’s one hero that’s beaten them all-and now she’s got her own ongoing series! (Not that she’s bragging.)
•  That’s right, you asked for it, you got it, it’s SQUIRREL GIRL! (She’s also starting college this semester.)
•  It’s the start of a brand-new series of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world!

Why It’s Hot: Ryan North has been making a name for himself over at BOOM! with his work on the Adventure Time comic, and was given the opportunity to tackle the Young Avengers story in Original Sins. Now he makes his Marvel ongoing title debut with Unbeatable Squirrel Girl with artist Erica Henderson. Anybody that is familiar with the work of these two should realize that this is a creator match made in comic book heaven, and this may be the book that gets readers buzzing as 2015 kicks off.

WOLVS2015001_DC11WOLVERINES #1
Written by Charles Soule & Ray Fawkes
Art by Nick Bradshaw & Alisson Borges
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

From the pages of DEATH OF WOLVERINE, THE LOGAN LEGACY and the WEAPON X PROGRAM!
Wolverine may be dead…but what will happen to his mortal remains, encased in something as rare and powerful as Adamantium? The battle for control of this valuable artifact has begun! But why does it matter so much… and why is a war brewing in Logan’s name? Death is on the books for a dozen heroes and villains, and Mystique is playing chess with them all, including X-23, Sabretooth, Daken, Lady Deathstrike and more! Murder, mutilation, betrayal and trauma…none will be spared!

Why It’s Hot: At this point everybody knows that Wolverine is dead. Many people assumed that this would lead to a moratorium on titles related to the ‘Ol Canucklehead, but that has been anything but the case. Charles Soule has spearheaded a story about the impact Logan left on the world, and it’s safe to say that what could have been a disaster has turned into some of the best Wolverine related stories in years. Now it all leads to the new weekly Wolverines. With a creative team led by Soule and Ray Fawkes, and art by Nick Bradshaw, among others, this has every indication of being a weekly title done right.

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