Hot Five Extended Edition: Week of December 4th, 2013

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 for the week in the comic market!

Don’t forget that at the start of every month we bring you an extra sized Extended Edition of the Hot Five meant to highlight new first issues to keep an eye out for as you’re putting together your comic budget this month. These books can be found immediately following this week’s picks.

AC_Cv26_dmlo8ndx1v_ACTION COMICS #26
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Aaron Kuder
Published by DC Comics – $3.99

All hell breaks loose as Superman is caught between an alien menace and the super-powered soldier the U.S. Army has sent to kill it!

Why It’s Hot: After last month’s well received Zero Year tie-in, the creative team of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder bring their adventures of the Man of Steel into the present day in what promises to be an action packed issue. Come for the talented Aaron Kuder drawing a big alien menace and stay for Greg Pak’s expert take on Superman and his supporting characters.


AMX2013002_DC11_LR_Page1AMAZING X-MEN #2
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Ed McGuinness
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

• The X-Men, on the search for Nightcrawler, find themselves separated!
• Wolverine and Northstar are mysteriously in… heaven?!
• But where does that leave the rest of the team?

Why It’s Hot: Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness were tasked with bringing back one of the most popular X-Men characters of all time and within the first few pages of the first issue it was clear that they passed the test with flying colors. Amazing X-Men #1 was hands down one of the best single issues of 2013 and with the wild ride just beginning there’s no reason to think that a creative team of this caliber won’t get better issue after issue.

Inhumanity_1_CoverINHUMANITY #1
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Oliver Coipel
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

• After INFINITY, the Marvel Universe has changed.
• The Avengers find themselves face to face with Karnak who has discovered the secret of the Inhumans that will shake the Marvel U to its core.

Why It’s Hot: Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity promised to change the Marvel Universe forever and the promise was kept, and now it’s up to Matt Fraction to pick up the ball, as the Inhumans take center stage. The Terrigen Mist bomb has exploded and new Inhumans are popping up all over the world. How will the Marvel Universe react? Find out in this one-shot and then follow Inhumanity into some of your favorite books this month!

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Published by DC Comics – $2.99

The last love story continues to amaze in the book the critics at Big Shiny Robot call “unique in its storytelling, dense and well-rendered…a work of artistic craftsmanship that you just don’t see in comics anymore…have this title added to your pull list immediately.” Indulge in the romance and discover how the fabric of the universe will never be the same.

Why It’s Hot: With Trillium, Jeff Lemire is crafting a modern classic that has potential to be considered one of the all time great Vertigo offerings. If that doesn’t tell you why this is one of the week’s hottest releases then there’s not much else one can do to sell you on this book. Check out Comicosity’s exclusive preview here:

velvet02_coverVELVET #2
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Steve Epting & Elizabeth Breitweiser
Published by Image Comics – $3.50

On the run from her own agency, Velvet must find out what really got Agent X-14 killed, and the only way to do that is retrace his steps… and that’s a pathway of dead bodies, ruined lives, and angry mercenary soldiers. And along the way, one of Velvet’s darkest secrets is revealed. Don’t miss the second issue of this white-hot new series, from the hit creators of the CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER saga!

Why It’s Hot: The first issue of Velvet was everything one would want from a Brubaker/Epting creator owned book. You had a gritty look into the world of international espionage, murder, with a strong central character. With the action picking up at the end of the first issue, I can’t help but think that we will get more and more of what we want in issue two!


Check out five hot books coming out in the month of December!

Dead-Body-Road-01DEAD BODY ROAD #1 (of 6)
Written by Justin Jordan
Art by Matteo Scalera & Moreno Dinisio
Published by Image Comics – $2.99
Release Date: December 11

The men involved in his wife’s death must die. All of them.
Writer JUSTIN JORDAN (LUTHER STRODE) and artist MATTEO SCALERA (BLACK SCIENCE, Indestructible Hulk) craft the bruising story of one man’s revenge and the dark road he travels.

Why It’s Hot: Justin Jordan returns to Image for the first time since The Legend of Luther Strode and brings Matteo Scalera along for the ride for a classic revenge story that sees one man try to take down the people that destroyed his life. Scalera is red hot after the debut of Black Science last week, and those hoping to see more of his work don’t have to wait long.

JL3000_Cv1_R1_1n504xo4zl_JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1
Written by Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Howard Porter
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
Release Date: December 11

The new series starring the heroes of today—tomorrow is resolicited, now with legendary artist Howard Porter (JLA) on board! But what are these heroes doing in the year 3000? And who (or what) brought them there? Get ready for a dose of wonder from the writing team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis!

Why It’s Hot: The writing team that rejuvenated the Justice League in the post Crisis era teams up with the artist that reintroduced the world to the “Big Seven” JLA in the late 90’s to bring the Justice League of the year 3000 to readers’ hands today. Legendary creators working on new versions of the characters that helped make them famous while having the freedom to create their version of the world in the year 3000 makes for a book that will be hard to pass up!

Written by Joe Keatinge
Art by Piotr Kowalski
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
Release Date: December 11

• Marvel Knights returns as a platform for the continuing influx of unique independent voices to Marvel—as writer Joe Keatinge (Glory) and artist Piotr Kowalski (Sex) unleash the green goliath!
• An amnesiac Dr. Bruce Bannner awakens on the banks of the Sienne—and soon finds himself in a desperate race through the streets of Paris! Who is hunting him—and how are they both transforming into grotesque Hulks?
• A mind-bending mystery + an iconic city + huge monsters = quirky cool Hulk action downloaded directly from the mad minds of Keatinge & Kowalski!

Why It’s Hot: The new Marvel Knights line has aimed to put put a unique, independent flavored spin on all of Marvel’s biggest characters, and the first two (Spider-Man and X-Men) have been a resounding success in that regard. Now it is the Hulk’s turn and if Joe Keatinge’s previous books in Hell Yeah and Glory are any indication Marvel Knights: Hulk will be full of craziness and action that fits the Hulk so well.

3408258-origin_ii_1_coverORIGIN II #1 (OF 5)
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Adam Kubert
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
Release Date: December 25

Part 1 of 5! A few years after the events of ORIGIN finds James Howlett running with the wolves…until something unexpected brings him back into the world of Follow the first “X-Man” as he finds his way back to civilization and falls afoul of someone Sinister, who’s just discovering mutantkind and the horrors he can visit on them. Plus, discover the secret behind James’ greatest enemy! At some point, the mutant who will become The Wolverine must choose: is he man or is he beast? An all-new chapter in the secret origin of one of Marvel’s most mysterious characters is revealed starting this November, by superstars Kieron Gillen (YOUNG AVENGERS, IRON MAN) and Adam Kubert (AVENGERS, UNCANNY X-MEN, WOLVERINE)!

Why It’s Hot: The sequel to one of the biggest mini series in Marvel’s history, continuing the origin story of one of it’s most popular characters, featuring an all star creative team with a legendary artist and one of the best writers in comics today, promises to be one of the year’s biggest releases! As a X-Men fan this is an absolute must read, as a comic fan come and appreciate the artistry of two of the medium’s finest creators.

TheSaviors01_coverTHE SAVIORS #1
Written by James Robinson
Art by J. Bone
Published by Image Comics – $2.99
Release Date: December 26

Eisner Award winner JAMES ROBINSON (Starman, Earth 2) and artist extraordinaire J. BONE (The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror, The Spirit) present an all-new saga of monstrous alien horror.
When Tomas Ramirez stumbles upon an extraterrestrial conspiracy to take over the world, his life is changed forever. He must now seek out those few souls who share this terrible knowledge. But even united, how can they hope to defeat a shadowy alien cabal that is both indestructible and eager to kill anyone who threatens it?

Why It’s Hot: One of the most accomplished writers working today, James Robinson, jumps into the creator owned arena with artist J.Bone to bring us The Saviors, a book that promises a bunch of interesting, unique characters, and a dose of alien conspiracy. Combine this with J. Bone’s unique art style that one wouldn’t normally associate with this kind of story, and you have an intriguing comic to check out this Christmas!

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