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 William Gibson
Art by Butch Guice
Published by IDW Publishing – $4.99
Science Fiction Superstar William Gibson comes to comics! The U.S. political leaders of 2016 abandon the radioactive planet they’ve destroyed and harness the power of humanity’s last hope: The Splitter, a colossal machine designed to manufacture a bright new reality for them to infiltrate and corrupt.
• William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and one of the most influential science fiction writers of the last 30 years, makes his comic book debut with this all-new, original story!
• Joining Mr. Gibson for this comic book event are fan-favorite artists Butch Guice (interiors) and Tula Lotay (covers)!
• If you try one new book this month…This. Is. It!
Why It’s Hot: Over the course of five decades William Gibson has been at the forefront of science fiction. He helped popularize the Cyberpunk sub genre, and his works have been read the world over. He is a bonafide superstar of the literary world. He is now the latest writer to crossover and try to make his mark on the comic book world. He is joined by the great Butch Guice, who has worked with the best of the best over the course of his career. Then the amazing Tula Lotay is handling cover duties. This is an amazing creative team from top to bottom. The buzz has been slowly building for this series, and there’s more than a good chance the comic lives up to that hype.
CIVIL WAR II #0
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Olivier Coipel
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
From the creative team that brought you House of M and Siege comes a blistering first chapter in Marvel’s new explosive event. Watch as the players are introduced and the table is set for a storyline that fans will be talking about for years.
Why It’s Hot: The biggest Marvel event of the Summer, and the sequel to one of the biggest Marvel events ever gets started in earnest this week. To kickstart Civil War II Marvel has reunited one of their most popular creative teams, as superstar writer Brian Bendis teams up with one of the best to ever put pencil to paper in Olivier Coipel. Anytime Coipel graces readers with his art these days it’s a big deal, and the fact that he’s launching the next big event with Bendis makes this even more special. Whatever your feelings are on Civil War II this book will be worth reading for the art alone, but if you are planning on reading the series you couldn’t ask for a better team to get this show on the road.
DEPT. H #2
Written by Matt Kindt
Art by Matt & Sharlene Kindt
Published by Dark Horse Comics – 3.99
Matt Kindt’s survival sci-fi series continues!
Mia’s investigation into the sabotage of an underwater station becomes complicated by the disappearance of a loved one, the loss of communications with the world above, and a confrontation with a giant squid and other strange creatures of the deep.
“Like a cross between sci-fi Jack London, The Abyss and the criss-cross espionage of Kindt’s previous material, there is no element of this new project we’re not ecstatically awaiting.”-Paste Magazine
Why It’s Hot: Coming off the heels of the great Mind MGMT, Matt Kindt’s latest series had a lot to live up to, and the first issue was everything readers hoped it would be. A great mystery was setup, characters were introduced wonderfully, and the art from the Kindts was as amazing as we’ve all come to expect. Dept. H has shown the potential to be the best comic of any week it comes out, regardless of competition. It’s that good. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.
FUTURE QUEST #1
Written by Jeff Parker
Art by Doc Shaner, Steve Rude & Jordie Bellaire
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
When the adventurous and inquisitive Jonny Quest and his adoptive brother Hadji make a startling discovery in the swamplands of Florida, they are pulled into an epic struggle between the Space Rangers and a dangerous villain who threatens the galaxy. Now it’s up to the combined forces of Team Quest, Inter-Nation Security, Space Ghost, and a host of Hanna-Barbera’s greatest action heroes to stop him and save their universe!
Don’t miss the start of this new, monthly series that features character designs by comics superstar Darwyn Cooke and kicks off with an extra-sized story and a wraparound cover!
Why It’s Hot: This book looks absolutely phenomenal. Classic characters being brought back to the spotlight by an all star creative team. All of the Hanna-Barbera books look good, but this series stands above the rest when it comes to anticipation. I feel comfortable guaranteeing that this will be great, and there’s a good chance that it’s the best of the week.
Written by Gene Ha
Art by Gene Ha
Published by Dark Horse Comics – $3.99
she was just a girl, Abbie discovered a portal to a fantasy world and for the last couple of years has been having great adventures there: defeating horrible monsters, power-mad scientists, and evil nobles. She was a celebrated action hero! But when she turned twenty-one it all came apart and she decided to return home. Her sister, Mae, has had no idea what happened to Abbie all this time. Her tales are too hard to believe; that is, until the monsters and other terrible creatures start to cross over to our world . . .
Why It’s Hot: Gene Ha has been a great artist for many years. Gene Ha doing a creator owned title should be a pretty big deal, and yet this title seems to be flying under the radar a bit. This series has a really cool concept, strong female characters, and it looks really pretty. Make sure you don’t let this first issue pass you by!
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: All New Wolverine #8, Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina #5, Poison Ivy: Cycle Of Life And Death #5, Superman: American Alien #7, Uncanny Avengers #9,