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.
Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin (Pencils) & June Chung (Colors)
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
“THE BEST MAN” part one! Batman and Catwoman decide it might be better to elope rather than go through some big, stodgy wedding ceremony, but no sooner do they put their marriage on the fast track than The Joker appears! And when The Joker kidnaps the Caped Crusader, will he give his old foe a piece of his mind or bash in his brains?
Why It’s Hot: Before Batman gets married he must come face to face with the his arch nemesis once again. The latest entry to greatest rivalry in all of comic books begins this week, as the superstar creative team of Tom King and Mikel Janin bring us The Dark Knight versus The Clown Prince Of Crime in a way only these two creators can. This comic will leave people talking on Wednesday, and I’ll leave it at that!
Written by Skottie Young
Art by Nic Klein (Pencils)
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
MERCIN’ FOR A LIVING!
Skottie Young and Nic Klein bring you the craziest tales of the Regeneratin’ Degenerate yet! It’s been a while since Deadpool’s had to merc to make ends meet, but things are tough all over. While Deadpool tries to get his humble mercenary-for-hire business back off the ground, a catastrophic threat so unfathomably huge, so mind-breakingly cataclysmic it defies description, is heading toward Earth, and there’s only ONE PERSON WHO CAN STOP IT!!!
Oh no, wait…it’s not Wade, is it? Oh, %$@#. It’s Wade.
Why It’s Hot: For the first time in over five years, and on the heels of the movie sequel’s box office success, the core Deadpool title has a new writer. Skottie Young may be best known for his art, but as fans of his creator owned series I Hate Fairyland can attest, the man is quick with a joke and quite the writer. That sounds just about right for the continuing adventures of Wade Wilson. If you’re coming off of the movie with the urge to read Deadpool comics the new era begins here courtesy of Young and artist Nic Klein.
THE IMMORTAL HULK #1
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Joe Bennett (Pencils), Ruy Jose (Inks), Paul Mounts (Colors)
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
HORROR HAS A NAME.
You’d never notice the man. He doesn’t like to be noticed. He’s quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head… all he’d do is die.
Until night falls. And someone else gets up again.
The man’s name is Banner.
The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.
Why It’s Hot: Al Ewing has developed a reputation among hardcore Marvel fans as one of the best writers in the business. Every property the man has touched has turned to creative gold. This is the scribe responsible for the recent team of Ultimates, the USAvengers, and one of the masterminds behind Avengers: No Surrender where he helped to permanently bring back the Hulk. Now he is joined by Joe Bennett to bring readers a brand new take on the Green Goliath that is unlike anything that has preceded it. This is the Hulk as horror, and you are going to want to jump aboard this run early.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jim Cheung (Pencils), Mark Morales (Inks), Tomeu Morey (Colors)
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
“THE TOTALITY” part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…
Why It’s Hot: Scott Snyder’s Justice League run may have started with the weekly No Justice that ran through the month of May, but even that was a warmup to setup the main event. This comic may very well be one of the best issues in several years featuring “Justice League” in the title. There’s a reason why Scott Snyder has become the most important creator at DC over the last 6+ years or so, and now he has the keys to all of the company’s biggest heroes and villains on a monthly basis. Not to mention the amazing art from Marvel mainstay Jim Cheung, fresh off of Marvel Two-In-One, helping to make this a true industry blockbuster.
MAN OF STEEL #2
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Doc Shaner, Steve Rude, Jason Fabok (Pencils) & Alex Sinclair (Colors)
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
With an arsonist loose in Metropolis, Superman’s powers are almost useless in finding the culprit. And back at the Daily Planet, everyone wants to know what’s going on with Lois Lane. How can Clark hold on to the secret of what happened to Lois and Jon much longer?
Why It’s Hot: After last week’s stellar debut issue Brian Bendis’ weekly debut Superman story continues! Joining the veteran scribe this week are a few of the best artists in the business in Doc Shaner and Steve Rude to go along with another two pages from Jason Fabok. If you were on the fence about jumping into this run you’ll want to get caught up real fast after the critical and fan buzz last week’s issue received. The hype train is real and it’s time to buckle up for what lies ahead.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
* Ant-Man & The Wasp #1
* Astonishing X-Men #12
* Batman Prelude To The Wedding: Nightwing Vs. Hush #1
* Captain America #703
* Death Or Glory #2
* Deathstroke #32
* Dazzler: X-Song #1
* Doctor Star And The Kingdom Of Lost Tomorrows #4
* Doctor Strange #1
* Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1
* Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6
* Go Go Power Rangers #10
* Infinity Countdown #4
* Isola #3
* Paper Girls #21
* Red Sonja/Tarzan #2
* The Unexpected #1
* Vagrant Queen #1
* The Walking Dead #180
* Wasted Space #2
* X-Men Red #5