Every week, Comicosity brings you our Hot Five, 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.
HARDER. BETTER. FASTER. STRANGER.
The triumph of Hank Pym turns to tragedy for the human race…an unfathomable Pandora’s Box of destruction! When a brave new world is unleashed, only one team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes can save us from the future – AVENGERS A.I.!
THE VISION! HANK PYM! VICTOR MANCHA! DOOMBOT! The mysterious ALEXIS! MONICA CHANG, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D.! The AGE OF ULTRON is over! The AGE OF A.I. is NOW!
Why It’s Hot: The Age of Ultron is over, and it seems it was merely prelude to a lot of future happenings for the Marvel Universe. This is one of them! Fans of Hank Pym, sit up and take notice, because the MU’s resident scientist is getting his own Avengers team at last!
Dexter Morgan is not just an above-average forensic blood spatter expert. He’s also Miami’s friendly neighborhood crime-fighting serial killer! But Dexter’s “killing” streak gets put on hold, as he find himself trapped in a sticky situation – his high school reunion!
The Skid Row Slasher, Miami’s newest serial killer, is racking up quite the body count. The rookie is giving good ol’ Dexter a run for his money. And Dexter’s problems are only beginning to multiply as his Dark Passenger, Dexter’s inner voice, screams for a little murderous fun to feed the need!
Why It’s Hot: Fans of the Showtime TV show are many and dedicated, so this five issue mini-series is a definite draw for a lot of comic market. Just don’t expect this series to be tame. One serial killer in search of another is a definite recipe for a little bit of crazy.
The mysterious woman connected to the creation of the New 52 gets her own series! Pandora is on an action-packed, blood-soaked mission to hunt down the horrors she inadvertently unleashed upon the world. Can she save the DCU-and redeem herself in the process? A prequel to the upcoming “Trinity War”!
Why It’s Hot: She was the in-story scapegoat for one of DC’s most controversial moves, and now she’s got her own series. And she’s angry. Really angry. We talked with series writer Ray Fawkes about what to expect in the series coming up, and given its connection to the upcoming Justice League crossover, you’re probably going to want to give this #1 a try.
SEX o DEATH o LIVE TV!
NEW YORK CITY, 1951: The host of beloved daily television serial “Satellite Sam” turns up dead in a flophouse filled with dirty secrets. The police think it was death by natural causes but his son knows there was something more… if only he could sober up long enoguh to do something about it. This noir mystery shot through with sex and violence exposes the seedy underbelly of the golden age of television.
Why It’s Hot: Matt Fraction has been racking up critical acclaim lately with Hawkeye and FF hitting so many must-read lists. And nobody does sex better than Howard Chaykin. Put the two together, and magic is bound to result.
The biggest event of 2012 is now the biggest miniseries of 2013!
We all know what happened to the Avengers and the X-Men… but what if the story had gone differently? The one and only Jimmy Palmiotti brings his signature style to a mind-blowing reinterpretation of a key event in the history of the Marvel Universe. Featuring Magneto, Hope, and every Avenger and X-Man you can imagine!
Why It’s Hot: What If? is too good a concept to stay out of sight for too long, and a new take on last year’s Marvel mega-event is a great place to start it up again! Don’t miss this opportunity to see a whole different set of events from what led to the beginning of Marvel NOW!