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: THE RED DEATH #1
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!
Why It’s Hot: The first one-shot tying into Dark Nights: Metal sees the light of day, as The Flash creative team of Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico tell the story of what happens when a Batman goes after the Speed Force. If you weren’t sold on the Dark Batmen premise, you might change your mind after reading the quality work put forth in this issue.
G.I. JOE: FIRST STRIKE #1
Written by Aubrey Sitterson
Art by IIias Kyriazis
Published by IDW Publishing – $3.99
As Scarlett heads off to Cybertron to confront the events of First Strike, her G.I. Joe team on Earth faces an unusual enemy… V.E.N.O.M.! With the help of a former M.A.S.K. member, G.I. Joe looks to put an end to Miles Mayhem’s sinister group once and for all, in the Greatest Crossover One-Shot Of All Time!
Why It’s Hot: The next Hasbro/IDW event is here, as the First Strike crossover spectacular gets going as G.I. Joe writer Aubrey Sitterson, and artist Illas Kyriazis launch the first of several one shots leading to the new First Strike series later this month.
GENERATIONS: MS. MARVEL & MS. MARVEL #1
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Paolo Villanelli
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
• Ms. Marvel’s falling out with her idol Carol Danvers, a.k.a. the Mighty Captain Marvel, just took a BIZARRE turn!
• Kamala suddenly finds herself as an intern at Woman Magazine – Carol’s former place of employment! Between cozying up to her boss, filing back issues, and her usual super-heroing, how will Kamala find time to figure out what got her here in the first place?
Why It’s Hot: The Generations one shots have continued to be among the best single issues coming from Marvel over the past few months. The trend looks to continue as Ms. Marvel writer and Kamala Khan creator G. Willow Wilson takes the character back to meet the original Ms. Marvel for the first time. We know that Kamala has looked up to her, but what will she learn about being Ms. Marvel from a younger Carol Danvers? This is sure to be one of the more intriguing issues of the Generations project.
WONDER WOMAN/CONAN #1
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan
Published by DC Comics & Dark Horse Comics – $3.99
What makes one a legend? How do legends carve their names into history, when countless others are forgotten? Wonder Woman and Conan the Barbarian are destined by the fates to be legendary, but when their stories collide, will both emerge victorious, or will the fickle Gods cut their lives short? Co-published with Dark Horse Comics.
Why It’s Hot: Two of fiction’s greatest warriors come together for the first time ever in this intercompany crossover event! Did I mention that Gail Simone is writing Wonder Woman again? Well, GAIL SIMONE IS WRITING WONDER WOMAN AGAIN. She is joined by her former Wonder Woman collaborator Aaron Lopresti. Not to be lost in the shuffle, after her run on Red Sonja, the fan favorite scribe’s take on Conan is yet another reason to get excited.
WORLD OF ANIMOSITY #1
Written by Marguerite Bennett
Art by Juan Doe & Roberto De La Torre
Published by Aftershock Comics – $3.99
A journey through an apocalypse like none ever imagined-this singular one-shot brings readers and fans alike an exclusive look at the characters, creatures, maps, mysteries, enemies, histories, and the road-so-far in a world where the Animals have risen up to take revenge. This standalone collection includes a variant cover gallery, character designs, never-before-seen artwork, and summaries that will not only bring new readers up to speed, but allow existing readers to dive deep with new information into stories they already love.
Why It’s Hot: With Animosity, writer Marguerite Bennett and her collaborators have created a fascinating new world for readers to get lost in. With this special one shot, readers can dive deeper into the world of one Aftershock’s best comics. Whether you’ve been meaning to check the series out, or have been there from the beginning this is a comic you’ll want to keep an eye on.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
Angelic #1: Simon Spurrier and Casper Wijngaard’s new Image series with flying monkeys. You can’t go wrong with Spurrier or flying monkeys
Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack #1: The legendary John Carpenter joins Anthony Burch and artist Jorge Corona to tell the story of Jack Burton’s final days.
Doctor Strange #25: An extra sized twenty-fifth issue featuring art from the great Kevin Nowlan!
Gasolina #1: A new Image book featuring a newlywed couple taking on a dead new Mexican cartel.
Millarworld Annual 2017: The Mark Millar led Millarworld gets another annual featuring fresh creative talent taking in some of the biggest characters from Millar and company’s comics.
Nightwing #29: The Gotham Resistance continues as Nightwing and Mr. Freeze enter the fray!
Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack #1: Samurai Jack as you’ve never seen him before!
Secret Weapons #4: Valiant’s event series comes to an end as the road to Harbinger Wars 2 picks up steam
Star Wars Annual #3: Jason Latour and Michael Walsh send Han and Leia out on a search for new Rebel base. Is it about to get a little chilly in here?