HOT FIVE: Week of May 8, 2013

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.

Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Clayton Henry

Published by Valiant Entertainment — $3.99

The true story of the Epic (Fail) of Gilgamesh! Original series artist and Harbinger Wars superstar Clayton Henry returns to tell a tale of the early days of the man known as Armstrong! How early? How’s ancient Ur sound? For the first time, the 100% true story behind the Epic of Gilgamesh can be told… A tale of three warrior brothers, the Anni-Padda – or as you may know them, ARMSTRONG, the ETERNAL WARRIOR and TIMEWALKER – on a quest to the mysterious Faraway to bring back its immortal Boon. What they find is a lost land full of danger, excitement – and the greatest secret of the Valiant Universe! Plus: this issue tees up the next arc of A&A, beginning this June in issue #10!

Why It’s Hot: Valiant has been producing a ton of quality hits with their return to the comic market last year, and Archer and Armstrong have consistently been atop that list. Now, we’re getting an origin tale to lead into the next big story arc, so there couldn’t be a stronger jumping on point for the series!


Written by Steve Niles
Art by Tony Harris

Published by Image Comics — $2.99

Shaw is a man on the run and lost in time. Fleeing ancient enemies, Shaw finds himself in prohibition-era Chicago surrounded by gangers and demons alike and caught between law enforcement and the local supernatural underground. CHIN MUSIC is a tale of mysticism and violence like nothing you’ve experienced before.

Why It’s Hot: Steve Niles and Tony Harris team-up for a creator-owned series from Image, and you know it’s going to look and read like magic! Comicosity spoke with Niles about the series, and it got us excited to read all about all the mystical craziness Prohibition-era America has to offer.

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Written by Ales Kot
Art by CrissCross
Published by DC Comics — $2.99

New team members, new direction, new creative team! After the shocking events of issue #19, the team returns to Belle Reve to lick their wounds and bury their dead-but when they find out what’s waiting for them at the prison, they’ll wish they were back out in the field! Plus: Who are the two killers Amanda Waller has recruited to shake things up, and what are their true motives for joining the team?

Why It’s Hot: Ales Kot makes his debut as new writer, and as he shared in his Comicosity interview, no one is safe! It’s a new start for the World’s Most Conflicted Villains, and what better place to jump on?

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STK528245UBER #1
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Canaan White
Published by Avatar Press — $3.99

From the jaws of defeat, the Nazi war machine is resurrected by walking battleship superhuman soldiers who turn the tide of World War II.  Kieron Gillen unveils his epic new monthly series, which rewrites history with a horrifying twist!  Super soldiers now turn the machinations of the Twentieth Century’s greatest madman into reality.  The Ubers are here and the world will tremble at their feet.  But a deeply entrenched spy could be the difference in seeing the world remade in the Nazi vision and the Allies finding a way to stem the tide.

Why It’s Hot: Kieron Gillen has been knocking it out of the park over at Marvel with his newest run on Young Avengers and his previous work on Journey Into Mystery. Add in Nazis and… instant hit!


Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray

Published by DC Comics — $2.99

The massive fallout from the recent events in BATMAN, INCORPORATED take Batman to the very limits of his sanity…will The Red Hood pull him back-or push him over the edge?

Why It’s Hot: Carrie Kelley continues to make her presence known in Batman’s world and fans couldn’t be more excited… or pissed. Which is it today? I’m not sure, but either way, this is bound to be the Bat-book on the tip of everyone’s tongue this week.

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So, those are ours, but what are your Hot Five for the week? Sound off below, shout out to us on Facebook or on Twitter to @Comicosity!


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