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 for the week in the comic market!
NEW ONGOING SERIES! The end of the world is here… The horror continues as a zombified Jughead goes on a relentless hunt for brains in this shocking new series by Harvey Award-winning comic/screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Stephen King’s Carrie, Archie meets Glee) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman, Black Beetle). When he performs a despicable and frightening act in front of everyone at the Halloween dance, tensions start to rise and fears begin to mount — who will be next to join Jughead in the Afterlife? And what about those who are already infected? Be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart! For TEEN+ readers.
Why It’s Hot: The zombie apocalypse hitting Riverdale? An Archie book drawn by the great Francesco Francavilla? If you are asking yourself “what the heck!?” just know that the idea may seem absolutely crazy but the end result was brilliant, as the first issue was one of the best comics to hit the stands last month. Readers can expect the mayhem to continue as some of the most beloved comic characters are seen like never before! Oh yeah, did I mention Francesco Francavilla on art?
• The Avengers versus the Black Order.
• The Battle for Earth moves planetside
• Thanos takes center stage
Why It’s Hot: Infinity enters the home stretch, as the space bound Avengers return home to face the threat that is Thanos and his Black Order. The end is near for one of the best Marvel events in recent memory, so make sure to pick up this issue as the stage is set for the grand finale that will be Infinity #6
ZERO YEAR TIE-IN: Kate Kane is called home to attend a family funeral. But when an electrical storm creates havoc for the people of Gotham City, an inexperienced Kate can’t deny her duty to protect the innocent!
Why It’s Hot: As Batman is embroiled in the ongoing events of Zero Year, the rest of the writers working on the Bat-books (and even some working on books in other lines) have been given the latitude to tie-in to the story as they see fit. The results have been astounding so far, and this week Batwoman looks to continue the trend, as new writer Marc Andreyko takes the reins. After the controversy that erupted as a result of how the last writers left the book, DC made the best possible choice in their replacement. Not only is Andreyko an openly gay man writing comic’s most prominent homosexual character, but anybody that knows him from his previous work on titles such as Manhunter knows that he writes female characters superbly. Quite frankly, Kate Kane and her supporting cast couldn’t be in better hands!
Our yearlong celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary concludes! All eleven Doctors must team up if there’s any hope of defeating his latest and most surprising adversary! Everything has been leading up to this epic conclusion!
Why It’s Hot: 50 years ago this week the BBC debuted a science fiction show about a time traveler in a police box. Half a century later, Doctor Who has become a worldwide phenomenon whose anniversary is being celebrated by millions throughout the world. IDW has been celebrating this milestone for all of 2013 with Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, and while Saturday’s Day of the Doctor episode may feature a team-up between the 10th and 11th Doctors, this issue of Prisoners of Time will feature all 11 of the Doctors teaming up to save existence. This week you have a special anniversary episode, a special docudrama about the creation of the show, and a special comic featuring all 11 doctors. Is there any better way to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary?
Aric of Dacia has fought to reclaim the ancestral lands of the Visigoths – and he has bled for it. But nothing he has faced before can prepare him for the combined might of UNITY – and the deadly combination of Harada, Ninjak, Eternal Warrior and Livewire! New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) and Eisner Award winner Cary Nord (X-O Manowar: Planet Death) reunite for a landmark, standalone story arc at the heart of UNITY.
Why It’s Hot: Following the rousing success of Unity #1 last week, Valiant continues its push with a brand new arc of X-O Manowar that ties directly into the events of Unity. See how the events of Unity have affected Aric his people with a look inside the lives of the Visigoth settlement. With Unity both a critical and commercial success you will want to get your hands on this issue before it disappears off of the stands!
Also released this week: Harley Quinn #0