HOT FIVE: Week of November 7, 2012

Every week, Comicosity will be bringing 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 Kieron Gillen
Art by Greg Land
Published by Marvel Comics — $3.99

Tony Stark—Iron Man: Technological visionary, wealthy playboy, unparalleled engineer, and armored Avenger. His greatest invention becomes his greatest mistake. Iron Man must act fast…and Tony Stark must build faster! The lethal techno virus Extremis is out in the wild and out for grabs to the highest bidder! It’s up to Tony Stark to contain it and that means creating a new suit of armor…NOW!

Why It’s Hot: Only the third Marvel NOW! relaunch book to hit the stands (after last month’s Uncanny Avengers #1 and A+X #1), Iron Man #1 is a brand new creative team and new beginning for one of Marvel’s top tier characters. Get in on the ground floor with the writer behind a recent, critically acclaimed run on Journey Into Mystery and the team that brought you Uncanny X-Men.

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EARTH 2 #6
Written by James Robinson
Art by Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott
Published by DC Comics — $2.99

The Green vs. The Grey! Who will decide the fate of this dying Earth: Green Lantern or Grundy? Will the new wonders of Earth band together to form the first super team since the death of the Trinity? Does super-genius Sloan really know what’s best for this world?

Why It’s Hot: Since its launch, Earth 2 has burned up the sales charts, outperforming every expectation in quality and positive fan response — all the more impressive given how determined many fans were not to like it prior to release. #6 wraps up the first storyline with the very beginning of a Justice Society forming and Alan Scott encountering his lost love Sam inside the Grey.

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Written by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan
Art by Tony Moore
Published by Marvel Comics — $2.99

Dead former United States presidents, from George Washington to Gerald Ford, have been resurrected, and that’s BAD. The Marvel heroes can’t be the ones to stop them, someone is needed with the reputation, skills and plausible deniability to take out these com-monsters in chiefs…NOW! is the time for Deadpool… In Wade We Trust!

Why It’s Hot: Any book co-written by Sarah Silverman Show luminary Brian Posehn and Attack of the Show contributor Gerry Duggan is going to be undeniably funny. Add in pencils by The Walking Dead co-creator Tony Moore and the ever-nutty Deadpool himself, and you have a recipe for hilarity that can’t be matched.

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47 RONIN #1 (OF 5)
Written by Mike Richardson
Art by Stan Sakai
Published by Dark Horse Comics — $3.99

Among the best-known tales in Japanese history, the legend of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their disgraced master epitomizes the samurai code of honor. It has been said, “To know the story of the 47 Ronin is to know Japan.” Retold through the ages, the legend at last comes to comics in a meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated miniseries from Mike Richardson, Stan Sakai, and editorial consultant Kazuo Koike! Recounting this sweeping tale of honor and violence in all its grandeur, chapter one details the tragic incident that would seal the fate of Lord Asano and set forty-seven of his vassals on a years-long path of vengeance!

Why It’s Hot: If you have been reading Stan Sakai’s renowned Usagi Yojimbo over the last 25 years, you’d know that Sakai’s pencils alone make this legendary tale worth rushing to your comic store to purchase. And if you haven’t been reading Usagi Yojimbo, then this is the perfect place to start basking in the waves of goodness these creators have to offer.

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Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Pitarra and Jordie Bellaire
Published by Image Comics — $3.50

At a top Secret meeting in Iceland, the Americans and Russians have a world-shattering encounter with the Science tyrants of the Manhattan Projects.

Why It’s Hot: Continuing the story arc “FEEL GOOD, BAD SCIENCE”, Jonathan Hickman continues to build one of the most unique and fascinating creator-owned series to have debuted from Image Comics in 2012. Taking World War II, one of the most well-treaded parts of American history, and finding something new to say about it is impressive enough. But doing so while introducing the audience to a much deeper, weirder world is reason enough to consider this release one of the hottest of the week.

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