HOT FIVE: Week Of July 12, 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 AMERICAN WAY: THOSE ABOVE AND BELOW #1
Written by John Ridley
Art by Georges Jeanty
Published by DC Comics – $3.99

It’s been a decade since the Civil Defense Corps was exposed as a fraud created by the U.S. Government for propaganda purposes. While most of the heroes who survived the catastrophe have retired or disappeared, the New American still carries on, trying to keep communities safe amid the social turmoil of the 1970s. But with the nation split in two over civil rights and the changing political landscape, this isn’t easy. Some of the American’s former colleagues are on opposite sides of the law: Amber Waves joined a group of domestic terrorists, while Missy, a.k.a. Ole Miss, has thrown her hat into the political ring. As the ground shifts beneath his feet and new threats arise, which side will the American choose? This sequel to the hit miniseries by the original team of writer John Ridley (Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave and creator of TV’s American Crime) and artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse) moves the story forward in history, factoring in how real-life events might be affected by the presence of superheroes, and how those events change the heroes in turn.

Why It’s Hot: The American Way was a little mini series from a relatively low key creative team that DC put out over a decade ago. In the eleven years since the original, Jeanty went on to define the look of Buffy The Vampire Slayer in the comic book medium, and John Ridley went from working screenwriter to Oscar winner. What a difference those years have made.

CALEXIT #1
Written by Matt Pizzolo
Art by Amancay Nahuelpan
Published by Black Mask Comics – $3.99

What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1…a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California’s LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled? From the creators of YOUNG TERRORISTS, Matteo Pizzolo (GODKILLER) and Amancay Nahuelpan (CLANDESTINO), comes this tale of resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.

Why It’s Hot: Well this looks and sounds great. Just read that solicitation one more time. We are all for punching Nazis here at Comicosity.

DARK DAYS: THE CASTING
Written by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Art by Andy Kubert, Jim Lee & John Romita Jr.
Published by DC Comics – $4.99

The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss? The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!

Why It’s Hot: All roads lead to Metal, and this is the final stop. There’s nothing I can say in this spot to convince you to buy this book if the creative team hasn’t already sold you. You have masters of the trade leading the charge towards DC’s next big event. This one is going to be fun.

SPIDER-MEN II #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Sara Pichelli
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

THIS IS IT, TRUE BELIEVERS!
The moment five years in the making is finally here! The first time Peter Parker and Miles Morales met ended with a question – WHO IS THE MILES MORALES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE?! Now that the Miles you know and love is with Peter in the Marvel Universe, you’re finally going to get that answer to who the OTHER Miles Morales is! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli bring you the next heart-stopping adventure for both Peter Parker and Miles Morales!

Why It’s Hot: The first Spider-Men was a blast. It featured the first meeting of Peter Parker and Miles Morales from the minds of some of the biggest, most talented people in the business. It also ended on a cliffhanger! That same creative team is back to answer the questions fans have wondered a few  years about. Just who is the”616″ Miles? Did Secret Wars, and Miles’ entry into the prime Marvel Universe change anything? We are about to find out.

WONDER WOMAN #26
Written by Shea Fontana
Art by Mirka Andolfo
Published by DC Comics – $2.99

“HEART OF THE AMAZON” part one! Writer Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS) steps in for a new story! Wonder Woman finally takes a moment to catch her breath and attend a friend’s wedding… but unfortunately, horror’s followed her even there!

Why It’s Hot: No pressure or anything, but Greg Rucka and his creative collaborators just ended one if the all time great runs featuring the Wonder Woman character. Now Shea Fontana and Mirks Andolfo have the not so envious job (okay it’s still Wonder Woman, so maybe a bit envious) of following the highs of the previous team. Will the team be able to pull it off? Finding out the answer to that question is part of what makes this issue so intriguing.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Deadly Class #29, The Defenders #3, Detective Comics #960, Last Song #1, War For The Planet Of The Apes #1

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