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.
BATMAN LOST #1
Written by Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson & James Tynion IV
Art by Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette & Jorge Jimenez
Published by DC Comics – $4.99
Trapped in the Dark Multiverse, Batman must face his greatest fears!
Why It’s Hot: I’ve talked quite a bit about Dark Nights: Metal around these parts, and Batman Lost is a vital piece to the event, as the main series takes a month off. Batman finds himself lost in the Dark Multiverse, and the results are weird, wonderful ode to the Dark Knight’s history that continues to push the overarching story in exciting new directions. If you are reading Metal, or a fan of Batman, this issue isn’t to be missed!
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Stefano Landini
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
MAYOR FISK Part 1
New York City has fallen to Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin – Daredevil’s greatest and deadliest adversary. Matt Murdock has the law and he has his superhuman abilities – but Fisk has an entire city on his side. What can one man do? If he’s Daredevil, he can FIGHT.
Why It’s Hot: After the events of Secret Empire the city of New York has found itself a new hero, and his name is Wilson Fisk. Make that Mayor Wilson Fisk. Yes, that’s right, The Kingpin is now the Mayor of New York City in a huge game changer for the Marvel Universe. How will Daredevil deal with his worst enemy being legitimately in charge of NYC? What does this mean for the Marvel Universe as a whole? These questions loom large as the series draws closer to what will surely be a historic 700th issue.
JESSICA JONES #14
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Michael Gaydos
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
RETURN OF THE PURPLE MAN Part 2
• Killgrave is back.
• He has baby Danielle Cage.
• Dear God.
Why It’s Hot: The final page of last month’s issue would have been enough to land this comic on the Hot Five. Jessica’s worst enemy is back, and has made her worst nightmare come true. That would make for a HOT issue any week. What makes this an even more intriguing story though is the news that writer Brian Bendis is leaving Marvel and heading over to DC. That means this very well may be his swan song on the character he co-created and helped turn into a top tier Marvel character. I don’t think Bendis will go quietly into the night with this story, which should both excite and scare readers. Jessica versus Purple Man as Bendis prepares to leave the company? This should be good.
KID LOBOTOMY #2
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Tess Fowler
Published by IDW Publishing – $3.99
“A Lad Insane, Part Two: Vile Bodies,” Failed rock star and medical guinea pig Kid Lobotomy apparently lies dying in America’s weirdest hotel: The Suites, where delusion is always your dirty one-night stand. Take a tour of the Lower Depths where dark creatures, warped memories, and the pretty, new artist-in-residence await.
* Grab your cockroach! Black Crown’s debut series continues!
* Includes a preview of Assassinistas, the new Tini Howard & Gilbert Hernandez miniseries!
* Letter columns, creator interviews, process pages & more!
Why It’s Hot: Shelley Bond’s Black Crown imprint couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, and most of that is because Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler delivered on all of the expectations with the first issue of Kid Lobotomy. The comic feels like classic 90s Vertigo in all the best ways with the fresh new coat of paint. Milligan and Fowler are on the top of their respective games, and we are left with an awesome new comic that has put the hype level for Black Crown through the roof.
MISTER MIRACLE #4
Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerads
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
It’s the trial of Mister Miracle! Orion and Lightray are convinced that Scott has become infected with Anti-Life and is working against them to bring down New Genesis. Scott must succumb to their interrogation and physical challenges to prove he’s not what they say he is…but how do you speak truth to people who don’t want to believe?
Why It’s Hot: Tom King and Mitch Gerads just might be the best creative team in comics today, and Mister Miracle is hands down one of the best comics currently being published. This issue is the best issue of the series. Add that all up and you’re left with one of the single best issues of the year. Comics do not get much better than this,
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
* Action Comics #991: The Oz Effect comes to an end, and the countdown to Doomsday Clock has almost reached zero.
* The Archies #2: Riverdale’s favorite band hits the road, as a star studded creative team continues to add to yet another great new series from Archie Comics.
* Catalyst Prime Accell Vol. 2 #1: Catalyst Prime’s resident speedster’s second story arc begins here. With a creative team like Joe Casey and Damion Scott this is a comic you should be reading.
* Detective Comics #968: The story that redefined Tim Drake ends here!
* Deuce Of Hearts #1: Vault Comics introduces us to Sullivan Husk and the Heartbreaker app in this exciting new comic from creators Ricardo Mo, Tony Gregori, and Claudia Aguirre.
* Falcon #2: The first issue showed that whether he’s Captain America or Falcon, Sam Wilson is an A-list Marvel character, Barnes and Cassara knocked it out of the park, and it will be exciting to see what issue two has in store.
* Fallen Suns #1: Former Green Lantern Corps writer Van Jensen spearheads this epic sci-fi series from Chapterhouse. With art by Leila del Duca and Neil Collyer this comic has all the potential in the world to be awesome.
* Harbinger Renegade #0: Bring on Harbinger Wars 2! This special zero issue serves as a prelude to the next game changing Valiant event!
* Kong On The Planet Of The Apes #1: King Kong crossing over with Planet Of The Apea. That sounds all sorts of awesome.
* Moon Knight #188: Moon Knight has consistently been one of Marvel’s best comics over the past several years. Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows look to continue that trend, and by the looks of it they just might pull it off.
* Runaways #3: It’s so nice having these characters back in our lives. Oh yeah, this is the last issue before they become TV stars!