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 Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo
Published by DC Comics – $5.99
Batman has returned to Gotham City! In this extra-sized conclusion to Snyder and Capullo’s epic story “Superheavy,” Bruce Wayne returns to the cape and cowl to battle Mr. Bloom alongside Jim Gordon for the fate of the city they both love.
Why It’s Hot: The penultimate issue to one of the greatest comic book runs of the modern era is among us. Mister Bloom is wrecking havoc all over Gotham City, but the one true Batman is back, and ready to save his people. As we are down to the final two issues of this almost five year run, share your favorite Snyder/Capullo Batman moments on Twitter with hashtag #ThankYouScottandGreg and check out part 1 of our interview with Scott & Greg as they discuss their run.
CIRCUIT BREAKER #1
Written by Kevin McCarthy
Art by Kyle Baker
Published by Image Comics – $2.99
When the heroic robots that saved Japan during World War IV are outlawed, they turn against mankind, waging a campaign of terror across the last city on Earth. Their creator builds one more soldier-disguised as his teenaged granddaughter-and tasks her with dismantling the marauding mechanical militia. But as she begins to question her programming, will she be the last hope for humanity, or the final nail in our coffin?
Why It’s Hot: The GREAT Kyle Baker has a new series with his art in it being released by Image Comics. That’s enough to make this issue a hot, must read title, but the high concept plot make it sound like the art won’t be the only cool thing about this series.
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art by John Timms
Published by Devils Due/1First Comics – $4.99
In the near future, where science can implant or remove human memories and the government uses brain scan technology in criminal investigations, a mute girl witnesses a multiple murder and must turn to a handyman for protection from the police and an army of killers. From the Harley Quinn team of writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey and artist John Timms, with covers by Amanda Conner.
Why It’s Hot: Palmiotti and Gray are together again, John Timms is on interior art duty, and Amanda Conner is providing covers. The gang is all here, and when this amount of talent comes together for a new series you know it’s worth checking out the first issue. The premise sounds solid, and it will be interesting to see how the new Devil’s Due goes about their business.
Written by Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly
Art by Roge Antonio
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
Civil war has broken out at Spyral with Dick Grayson stuck in the middle. When true allegiances are revealed, which agents will be left standing?
Why It’s Hot: Out goes the A-list creative team of King, Seeley,and Janin (I think we will be hearing more about these three are up to next this Saturday). In comes the talented, but unproven team of Lanzing, Kelly, and Antonio. The writing duo have impressed with their title Hacktivist, and have been cutting their teeth on the weekly Batman and Robin Eternal. What makes this issue interesting is whether the new creative team can keep up with the precious team that made Grayson one of the best books DC had to offer.
THE ULTIMATES #5
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Kenneth Rocafort
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
• Beyond every universe…beyond the omniverse itself…beyond any limit mankind has ever known…there is only The Outside.
• From here, The Ultimates can see into the true nature of all time and space – and learn the secrets of the All-New Marvel Universe!
• The question is…what’s out here seeing into them?
Why It’s Hot: Just a few short months ago it was impossible to imagine any creative team living up to the standards of the high concept driven Jonathan Hickman Avengers titles. Well, Ewing and Rocafort have surpassed expectations. This is one of the biggest, craziest, and mind-blowing titles Marvel has published in recent years. The complete package can be summed up as Kirby meets Hickman with a cast of characters that Ewing has come to master over the past few years. This is good stuff, better than I think anyone expected it to be. I can’t even begin to imagine what the team will find beyond “The Outside.” Yes, this issue finds the team going beyond time and space, and they’ve drawn the attention of Thanos and Eternity.
OTHER TITLES AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: All New All Different Avengers #7, Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #1, Hyperion #1, Teen Titans #18, Totally Awesome Hulk #4, Nowhere Men #9