HOT FIVE: Week of October 28, 2015

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!

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ART OPS #1
Written by Shaun Simon
Art by Mike Allred
Published by DC Comics (Vertigo) – $3.99

In this new series by Shaun Simon, co-writer (with Gerard Way) of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and legendary artist Michael Allred (iZOMBIE), art not only imitates life, it becomes it! When rogue figures from famous works of art come to life and escape their frames, it’s up to Reggie Riot and the agents of Art Operatives to track them down before they wreak havoc on the unsuspecting public. But Reggie has secrets of his own that may affect his ability to interact with these living works of art—and he wants no part in the agency his mother ran before him. Pop culture will never be the same.

Why It’s Hot: The Vertigo Revolution continues, as the great Mike Allred brings his artistic talent to the party in the debut issue of this high concept series. DC Comics has been working hard on restoring their once unrivaled Vertigo imprint to its former glory. The results have been outstanding thus far, and with the talent involved here there’s no reason to think that Art Ops won’t continue the trend.

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BLACK MAGICK #1
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Nicola Scott
Published by Image Comics – $3.99

The hammer falls this Halloween!  From New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, Stumptown, Gotham Central) and superstar artist NICOLA SCOTT (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Earth 2)! Detective Rowan Black works robbery/homicide for the Portsmouth PD, but her greatest mystery is the  truth about herself…both who she has been, and who she will become. Yet there are others in Rowan’s world with very long memories, and the power that one person holds, another will always covet. PLUS, each issue also features an all-new work of original fiction by GREG RUCKA! A new gothic-noir ongoing series about legacy,  destiny, redemption…and the price of magic.

Why It’s Hot: Greg Rucka may just write female characters better than any man in any form of entertainment, and Rowan Black is another example proving this. Nicola Scott is one of the best artists working in comics today, and seeing her work unleashed on a creator owned title is a thing of beauty. The first issue of Black Magick is a killer issue with a killer creative team.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR: BATMAN #1
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin
Published by DC Comics – $3.99

As the Darkseid War rages on, Batman’s role in Gotham City–and the world-alters drastically as he’s forced to accept his new role as a God of Knowledge.

Why It’s Hot: “The Darkseid War” is a story so big that following the events of last week’s Justice League one title just couldn’t contain it any longer. The work that Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok, and Francis Manapul have turned out has made this story one of the best that superheroes comics have to offer in 2015. The fact that the arc has been so good makes the extra issues welcomed additions, rather than the usual hindrances seen in many event-sized stories. Batman is the first of six characters to be featured in separate one shots from some of DC’s best creators.

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SAM WILSON: CAPTAIN AMERICA #2
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Daniel Acuña
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

When Steve Rogers was restored to his natural age, he chose one of his closest and most trusted allies to take up his shield. Now Sam Wilson, formerly the Avenger known as Falcon, carries on the fight for liberty and justice as the all-new, all-different Captain America!

Why It’s Hot: Sam Wilson may not be Steve Rogers, but he is most definitely Captain America. You may have heard that the first issue of Nick Spencer, and Daniel Acuña’s run ruffled some feathers. What comic fans the world over know is that the creative team put a fresh spin on some classic Cap concepts. In one issue this has become one of the must read All New All Different Marvel series.

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WES CRAVEN’S COMING OF RAGE #1
Written by Wes Craven & Steve Niles
Art by Francesco Biagini
Published by Liquid Comics – $3.99

From horror icon Wes Craven, director of Scream and Nightmare On Elm Street comes his first comic book series. Wes Craven writes the series with Steve Niles, bringing two horror masters together for the first time. Says Craven: “About a year ago I had the beginning of an unwritten joke come into my head: A Vampire, a Werewolf and a Zombie walk into a bar… Just that. My imagination went crazy thinking about what could happen when three such impossibly different characters were thrown together. I met with comic book legend Steve Niles. We hit it off, and decided to work out the story of a very special young man’s coming of age, and the two unlikely friends who helped him to survive it. After a bit of hard, fun work, a series of comic books were born, telling the story of how these three ended up on the run together, and how the central character, Ritchie, lost his innocence and became one of the most powerful vampires in the world.”

Why It’s Hot: Steve Niles is the modern master of horror when it comes to comics, and Wes Craven was one of the all time greats when it came to horror on the screen. Before Craven passed away in August he worked with Niles on his first comic book ever. Not only is Coming of Rage the only comic Craven ever worked on, it is one of the horror icon’s final projects. This makes the five issue mini series a must read for horror fans of any medium.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Angela: Queen of Hel #1, Batgirl #45, Chewbacca #2 Grayson #13, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

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