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!
8HOUSE ARCLIGHT #1
Written by Brandon Graham
Art by Marian Churchland
Published by Image Comics – $2.99
A lady of the blood house has had her mind trapped in a strange alien root-body. She’s hiding on the outskirts of her kingdom until she learns that the alien monster pretending to be her has returned.
The first issue of a shared fantasy universe. Sharp genderqueer knights, blood magic, music, dancing, and a goose.
Why It’s Hot: Brandon Graham’s ambitious new project for Image Comics kicks off this week. A shared universe approach featuring a mini series anthology spearheaded by Graham with contributions from several different artists. It’s going to be weird, pretty, and quite possibly one of the sleeper comics of the year. Don’t miss out!
ACTION COMICS #42
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Aaron Kuder
Published by DC Comics -$3.99
The Superman epic you never expected – “TRUTH” continues! Who will stand by Clark Kent?
Why It’s Hot: Over the course of the past month, the launch of the controversial “Truth” storyline has propelled the Superman family of comics to heights that haven’t been seen in years. Leading the charge has been Greg Pak whose work on Action Comics and Batman/Superman has been superb. Along with artist Aaron Kuder, Action Comics has become a must read comic. This is Superman done right, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.
GRANT MORRISON’S 18 DAYS
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Jeevan Kang
Published by Graphic India – $1.00
From legendary creator Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Batman & Robin, The Invisibles), comes the first chapter in his newest creation. 18 Days is the story of three generations of super-warriors, meeting for the final battle of their age, a climactic war that concludes the age of the gods and begins the age of man. “This is not a Lord of the Rings or a Star Wars where the good guys win because they are right. The good guys in 18 Days are forced to cheat and lie and break rules to win. Although it has fantastic, mythic trappings, this is a very modern story of realpolitik and the failure of ideals in the face of harsh truth.” – Grant Morrison. Main covers by Jeevan Kang and Mukesh Singh. Also available with Cosmic Krishna and Oracle variant covers, each limited to 1,000 copies.
Why It’s Hot: The Graphic India website says it all: “The Mahabharata – A mythic story know by over a billion people – reimagined by comic book legend Grant Morrison.” Five years after the initial 2010 story, 18 Days is back and it looks absolutely beautiful. The comic features one of the best writers in comic history tackling an important story with a set of characters who represent a people and culture that aren’t represented nearly enough. Oh yeah, the first issue is only a dollar.
SECRET WARS #4
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Esad Ribic
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
ALL THE ANGELS SING!
Why It’s Hot: It’s quite amazing how solid the Secret Wars event has been across the board so far, and the main course has been the stellar flagship book. Hickman and Ribic have been on the top of their game with an awesome first three issues. With the pieces put in place, it now looks like business is about to pick up as the event crosses the halfway mark.
WE STAND ON GUARD #1
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Steve Skroce
Published by Image Comics – $2.99
SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN teams with artistic legend and MATRIX storyboard artist STEVE SKROCE for an action-packed military thriller that will have everyone talking. 100 years from now, a heroic band of Canadian civilians must defend their homeland from invasion…by the United States of America! The hyper-detailed combat between badass freedom fighters and giant f***ing robots begins with a spectacular 40-PAGE FIRST ISSUE for the regular price of just $2.99!
Why It’s Hot: New BKV + the return of Steve Skroce to the comic book world = a must read, top flight creative team. This comic is the closest thing we will get to a guaranteed good time this week. The fact that it’s a 40 page first issue for just $2.99 gives readers even more of a reason to pick We Stand On Guard #1 up on Wednesday.