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!
ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Adam Kubert & Mahmud A. Asrar
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
The Avengers are dead–long live the Avengers! Earth’s Mightiest Heroes–Captain America, Thor, Vision, and Iron Man–are living separate lives, not tied to any team–but when a threat from beyond the stars targets our world, fate draws them together once more, alongside Nova, Ms. Marvel, and Miles Morales a.k.a. Spider-Man!
Why It’s Hot: The new flagship Avengers title is here, and the Mark Waid era begins. The roster includes first time Avengers Ms. Marvel and Miles Morales, legacy characters such as Captain America and Thor, and old stalwarts in Iron Man and The Vision. This is a perfect lineup for one of the best writers in comics to work his magic on. Add a great art team into the mix, and this becomes one of the must read All New All Different Marvel titles.
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Dustin Nguyen
Published by Image Comics – $2.99
The bestselling breakout hit series continues as it’s exciting second arc begins. erfect jumping on point for new readers! TIM-21’s adventure continues as a mysterious figure from his past emerges and sends shockwaves through the galaxy.
NEW STORY ARC
Major Plot Point:
Brand new characters and storylines begin and major mysteries answered.
Why It’s Hot: After a two month hiatus the stunning Descender is back for its second arc. Jeff Lemire is as good as he always is, and Dustin Nguyen is turning out the best work of his career. With the first trade priced at $9.99 this is the perfect opportunity to get caught up on the first seven issues of a great series for less than $15.
SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN #1
Written by Max Landis
Art by Nick Dragotta
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
Hollywood screenwriter and Eisner Award nominee Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN) joins forces with top comics artists including Jock, Francis Manapul and Jae Lee to bring you SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN, a 7-issue miniseries chronicling the life of Clark Kent and his development into the archetypal hero he will eventually become. But these are not the stories of the iconic “Superman” as you know him, but of the soft-spoken, charming, often-funny Kansas farm-boy behind the Man of Steel. With the tone of each issue ranging from heartwarming and simple, to frighteningly gritty and violent, to sexy, sun-kissed and funny, SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN is unlike anything you’ve seen before.
In this first issue, superstar artist Nick Dragotta (East of West, Fantastic Four) illustrates the story of Jonathan and Martha Kent as they struggle to deal with their 12-year-old son’s latest quirk-he’s been floating up into the air, sometimes hundreds of feet!
Why It’s Hot: Max Landis is one of the busiest, talented, and most outspoken screenwriters in Hollywood. He also loves comic books, and especially Superman. Fresh off an Eisner nomination for his story in Adventures of Superman with Jock, DC has teamed Landis up with some of the best artists in the business to put a new spin on the early days of Clark Kent. Whether you love Landis, hate him, are excited for this, or afraid, this is bound to be a book that gets people talking. This is also a friendly reminder to check out his Death and Return of Superman short on YouTube if you have never seen it.
THE GODDAMNED #1
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by R.M. Guera
Published by Image Comics – $3.99
Writer JASON AARON & artist R.M. GUÉRA, the creators of the seminal crime series SCALPED, reunite for a new ongoing series of stark and brutal biblical noir, which begins with a SPECIAL OVER-SIZED DEBUT ISSUE featuring thirty pages of story.
“And the earth was filled with violence.”
Its 1655 years after Eden, and life on Earth has already gone to hell. The world of man is a place of wanton cruelty and wickedness. Prehistoric monsters and stone-age marauders roam the land. Murder and destruction are the rule of the day. Humankind is a failed experiment. This is life before the Flood. The story of man on the verge of his first apocalypse. Welcome to the world of THE GODDAMNED.
Why It’s Hot: The creative team behind the now classic Scalped have reunited at Image for one of the most brutal, bad ass comics around. This is Jason Aaron taking on the bloody, gory, dirty years of the Old Testament through the eyes of Cain. It’s every bit as awesome as you’d expect.
TWILIGHT CHILDREN #2
Written by Gilbert Hernandez
Art by Darwyn Cooke
Published by DC (Vertigo) Comics – $4.99
Children will be blinded. Lovers will cheat. Beautiful alien girls will walk the beach. A psychedelic world made of light will present itself to the lucky or the damned. Find out what’s making this sleepy Latin American town so surreal.
Why It’s Hot: The first issue of Twilight Children lived up to the extremely high expectations that came with the names in the credits. The work of Hernandez and Cooke was sublime in the first issue, and I expect no less in issue two.
OTHER COMICS AVAILABLE: All New Wolverine #1, Batman #46, Catwoman #46, Secret Wars #7, Ultimates #1