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!
Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
“I Am Suicide” part one! Batman has always been crazy…but this? This is suicide! In order to retrieve Psycho-Pirate and save Gotham Girl, Batman must recruit a team from Amanda Waller to break into the most impenetrable prison in the world and steal from one of the Dark Knight’s greatest foes…Bane. The next great Batman story begins here!
Why It’s Hot: Tom King’s run on Batman has been getting better and better with each passing issue, and it looks like that trend will continue. Batman will be scouring Arkham for his own Suicide Squad-esque team to go take down Bane. The best part? King is reunited with one of the very best artists in the business. Get excited, as it’s time for Mikel Janin to begin his stint on Batman.
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #1
Written by Gerard Way & Jonathan Rivera
Art by Michael Avon Oeming
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
Cave Carson has done it all: survived countless adventures below the Earth’s surface, met the love of his life, and gotten a cybernetic eye…somehow. After he and his wife, Eileen, sent their only daughter Chloe off to college, Cave was ready to become just another mundane member of the surface world. That is, until Eileen got sick. Newly widowed, Cave tries to piece his life back together when a knock on the door of his secret underground lab pulls him back into a past that he and Eileen thought they had left buried deep within the Earth.
Adding to his troubles, Cave must determine if his recent hallucinations and visions are the work of his mind or his mysterious cybernetic eye. (Spoiler: It’s the eye.)
Written by Gerard Way (DOOM PATROL, Umbrella Academy) and Jon Rivera (Heartbreak), and illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), this is an absurdist action-adventure story unlike any other!
Why It’s Hot: Young Animal has quickly become one of the most intriguing imprints in all of comics after only three issues (two Doom Patrol, one Shade The Changing Girl) being released. As curator of the line, Gerard Way has shown a keen eye for the concepts, ideas, and creative teams that have helped make DC weird again (hey DC there’s a free catchphrase for you). Cave Carson looks to be every bit as weird, and awesome as the other two titles. Not to mention you can’t go wrong with Oeming art.
CIVIL WAR II: KINGPIN #4
Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
• He may be a criminal, but Wilson Fisk is a self-made man. He’s worked hard to secure his empire. He built it from the ground up.
• And now that Fisk knows one of his men has betrayed him in an attempt to take away his life’s work, he’s prepared to give his all to put an end to the mutiny.
• After all, you don’t become the KINGPIN of crime without breaking a few rules and a lot of blood, sweat and tears…
Why It’s Hot: It’s been well established that Matthew Rosenberg is a rising star in the world of comics. His work with Wilson Fisk has been nothing short of spectacular. This mini series might have slipped under the radar for some, but it hasn’t been for lack of quality. This series just might be the best thing to come out with “Civil War II” plastered on the cover. I can’t wait to see how this ends, and how it sets the stage for the upcoming ongoing series.
INFAMOUS IRON MAN #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
There is a new Iron Man in town and his name is VICTOR VON DOOM. The greatest villain of the Marvel Universe will try something new. Where Tony Stark failed, Doom will succeed. What is Doom’s Master Plan?
Why It’s Hot: Doctor Doom as Iron Man? What!? An ongoing Doctor Doom story from one of the best creative duos of the past fifteen years in Bendis and Maleev? What!? This has the opportunity to be one of the best Marvel has to offer, and it all starts this week.
LOVE AND ROCKETS MAGAZINE #1
Written by Gilbert & Jamie Hernandez
Art by Gilbert & Jamie Hernandez
Published by Fantagraphics Books – $4.99
The comic book event of 2016! Love and Rockets is back as an all-new, ongoing comic book series (Vol. IV for those keeping track at home)! On Jaime’s side: What do you do when none of your old punk friends want to be punk any more? And just who does the evil Princess Animus think she is? (Hint: She doesn’t know, she has amnesia.) On Gilbert’s side: Family drama takes center stage when a Fritz discovers a grandchild she didn’t know existed! Old fans and new fans are sure to enjoy the most diverse cast of characters in comics, including Maggie, Hopey, Pipo, Fritz, Tonta, Baby, and many more! Plus other surprises! Grrrowl!
Why It’s Hot: More Love and Rockets. If that doesn’t get you excited, that probably means you haven’t read Love and Rockets. This also means you should probably try out this new volume, as Los Bros Hernandez are two legends, and this series is what they are known for. For everyone that has read the comic before, you know why this is exciting.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Death Of X #2, Nightwing #7, Star Trek Bodly Go #1, The Mighty Thor #12, Trinity #2