HOT FIVE: Week Of July 19, 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.

ASTONISHING X-MEN #1
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Jim Cheung
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99

ONLY THE X-MEN CAN SAVE US!

An ancient evil is attacking the world’s most powerful minds. It will have them by the time you finish this sentence, and a moment later, it will have us all. A band of X-MEN discovers the truth behind the threat, but there is no time left. PSYLOCKE, OLD MAN LOGAN, BISHOP, ARCHANGEL, FANTOMEX, ROGUE and GAMBIT will attempt to save a world that hates and fears them. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE THE X-MEN.

From blockbuster writer CHARLES SOULE and joined by a roster of superstar artists beginning with JIM CHEUNG. ASTONISHING X-MEN. It’s the X-book you need.

Why It’s Hot: The X-Men titles have been living up to the “ResurreXion” moniker over the last few months, as the entire line is the best it has been in several years. Now Charles Soule is ready to unleash what could very well be the flagship title of the line. With a team full of fan favorite characters, and a rotating team of superstar artists, X-Men fans have every reason to be excited for Astonishing X-Men.

AQUAMAN #26
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Stjepan Sejic
Published by DC Comics – $2.99

“UNDERWORLD” part two! Enraged by rumors of Arthur’s survival in the slums of Atlantis, the ruthless King Rath orders the use of ancient Atlantean techno-magic to track down the Aquaman at all costs! But the ex-king Arthur can’t hide for long when his fate collides with that of a mysterious young woman on the run from Rath’s own secret police. Her name: Dolphin.

Why It’s Hot: Interest in Arthur Curry hasn’t been this high since Geoff Johns was writing the King Of Atlantis. Writer Dan Abnett may be telling an intriguing tale, but I think we all know that Sejic’s art is the real selling point here. Have you seen his art? Did you see the last issue of Aquaman? This might just be the most beautiful comic on the stands, as the combination of Sejic’s skill and the Atlantean setting makes for something special. Go out and buy two copies, so you can frame some of these beautiful pages and put them on your wall.

BATMAN #27
Written by Tom King
Art by Clay Mann
Published by DC Comics – $2.99

“THE WAR OF THE JOKES AND RIDDLES” part three! The war has spread to every corner of Gotham City, and while Batman battles back the forces of Joker and Riddler, an unlikely criminal becomes the pivotal key to its potential resolution… but it could cost him everything.

Why It’s Hot: Tom King takes a break from the primary story of The War Of Jokes And Riddles to bring us The Ballad Of Kite Man interlude. Mikel Janin is also taking the issue off, but Clay Mann stepping in isn’t necessarily a step down. You may be wondering why the heck is King is taking the time to tell a “Year One” type story with a d-list villain, but you will understand. Charles Brown has been a joke of a character for years, but that’s what makes him perfect for this type of reclaimation project.

BATWOMAN #5
Written by Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV
Art by Stephanie Hans
Published by DC Comics – $3.99

“THE MANY ARMS OF DEATH” epilogue! In this special one-off issue with art by Stephanie Hans (Angela), learn the truth of what went down between Kate and Safiyah, which led to the future Batwoman having to leave Coryana for what she was sure would be forever!

Why It’s Hot: This week is full of absolutely beautiful comics, and Batwoman #5 is near the top of that list. Featuring an Angela Queen of Hel reunion between Bennett and Hans, this issue is reminiscent of that little read, but dearly missed Marvel series. By that I mean the issue is both stunning, and quite queer. The most exciting part is that a good comic with a relatively young creative team is continuing to get better and better.

PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Adam Kubert
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

• A tech-crime ring is tightening around Spider-Man.
• If Ironheart will stop beating him up, she may be able to help him zero in on the source.
• And who is the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent showing up at Peter’s door with more info on Spidey than anyone shoul

Why It’s Hot: Ahead of the blockbuster hit, Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first issue of Zdarsky and Kubert’s take on Spider-Man sold over 225,000 copies through Diamond on its way to being the best selling Direct Market comic of 2017. Fans who picked up the issue were rewarded with a phenomenal read, as Zdarsky is a perfect person to put words into Peter Parker’s mouth, and Kubert once again showed the world why he has been one of the best for so long. On top of the pure talent involved, this series is perfect for readers that are intimidated by the long running Slott run of Amazing Spider-Man. Pretty much, if you have a passing Interest in the web crawler make sure to give this series a chance.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

  • Aliens: Dead Orbit #3
  • Batman ’66 Meets The Legion Of Superheroes #1
  • Catalyst Prime: Superb #1
  • Clue #2
  • Generation Gone #1
  • James Bond: Kill Chain #1
  • Moonstruck #1
  • ROM vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #1
  • Secret Weapons #2
  • Sisters Of Sorrow #1
  • Time & Vine #1

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