HOT FIVE (ish): Week of July 25, 2018

Welcome to Comicosity’s Hot Five(ish). Hot Five(ish) 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 Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank (Pencils) & Brad Anderson (Colors)
Published by DC Comics – $4.99

The critically acclaimed super star team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank continue this groundbreaking event as the Mime and the Marionette take center stage in DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6.

Why It’s Hot: Just when you thought this series had lost all its luster the hall of fame worthy creative team of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank turn out an issue like this. The Joker, Mime, and Marionette have captured Batman. What will they do to him? Where will they take him? How will Batman get out of this? As these events play out we get a fascinating look at the origin story of the series’ breakout characters in Mime and Marionette. The delays haven’t been ideal, but this series is starting to pick up steam and creep towards the lofty expectations that were placed on it. Not to mention it will get you all sorts of excited for Johns’ “Three Jokers” story because the scribe shows here that he writes one of the best Jokers you’ll ever read.

Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Scott Kolins (Pencils) & HI-FI (Colors)
Published by DC Comics – $2.99

As the dust settles in the wake of “Flash War,” the Flash and his family of speedsters try to pick up the pieces of what’s left. But bad blood can run deep. This is the one race the Flash Family can’t win!

Why It’s Hot: In the wake of “Flash War” Wally West is a broken man, and there’s only one thing his friends and family can do to help. Will they be able to go against their nature and do what’s best for Wally? Find out as Scott Kolins returns to the book to join Joshua Williamson for one of the best single issues focusing on Wally West that I can remember. Oh yeah, did I mention it helps set the stage for one of the Fall’s most anticipated series? Even if you missed out on the previous arc this is a must read for any fan of Wally West and the DC Universe.

Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Mike Deodato Jr. (Pencils) & Frank Martin (Colors)
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99

Trust us, Marvel Fans – before the INFINITY WARS begin to rage comes this shocking chapter of the cosmic saga that you will not want to miss! The ramifications of this issue will be felt throughout Infinity for years to come! We can say NO MORE!

Why It’s Hot: After months and months of build up from the pages of All New Guardians Of The Galaxy to Infinity Countdown the build towards this event has been one of the greatest lead ups to an event ever. Now the wait is over. The Infinity Stones are making their way to Earth with you know who on their trail. Also, who or what is Requiem? The best big “Cosmic Marvel” story in recent memory meets the heroes of Earth, and all hell is going to break loose. Trust me when I say Gerry Duggan has been meticulously building towards this story for a long time, and it’s not too late to jump on board.

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno (Pencils), Raul Fernandez (Inks) & Brad Anderson (Colors)
Published by DC Comics – $3.99

From the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! Earth’s magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It’s up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs! After the events of NO JUSTICE, team leader Wonder Woman guides the misfit magic mix of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and Detective Chimp against enemies too fantastic even for the Justice League. Plus, what awful things are coming through the Tree of Wonder? Dark days ahead…

Why It’s Hot: After Dark Nights: Metal and Justice League: No Justice the stage was set for the “New Justice” line of comics to lead the DC Universe into the future. Justice League has been one of the best comic books being published over the last few months, and now it’s time for Justice League Dark to step up and join it. After the events of the comics above magic is acting all funky, and Wonder Woman sets out to figure out why. Featuring a who’s who of DC’s Magic based characters this book sets out to elevate many of those characters, and the idea of magic in the DCU, to new heights.

Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Oscar Bazaldua (Pencils) & Frank D’Armata (Colors)
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

LOVE & MARRIAGE PART 1! Straight from the pages of X-MEN GOLD…to the surprise of everyone, the Marvel Universe’s hottest couple has finally tied the knot! In their extraordinary lives, they’ve faced nearly every challenge imaginable, but how will they fare against former flames making trouble? An entire galaxy in jeopardy? You want it? We got it, as Kelly Thompson (HAWKEYE, ROGUE & GAMBIT) and Oscar Bazaldua (SPIDER-MAN, STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE) bring you the tantalizing tale of a modern marriage…X-MEN STYLE!

Why It’s Hot: Rogue and Gambit are two of the most popular X-Men around. They recently had a very well received miniseries. Then they got married in the pages of X-Men: Gold. Now the writer of the aforementioned miniseries is writing an ongoing series featuring the popular newlyweds, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be great, because the amazing Kelly Thompson writes the crap out of these two. A man recently said that marriage would be the end of one’s comic book story. I think he was wrong, because it’s looking like just the beginning for Rogue and Gambit!

Written by Ales Kot
Art by Tradd Moore (Pencils) & Heather Moore (Colors)
Published by Image Comics – $4.99

The United States of America-after the Second Civil War.
Two lovers meet. One: a straight-edge vegan hacker anarchist boy with a penchant for messing with the State. The other: a chaotic, hedonistic cop with a reality TV show and a license to kill. This really shouldn’t happen-and yet, somehow, it does. And soon, the entire state of New California is after them.

This ballistic sci-fi action romance miniseries-in the vein of Mad Max and Romeo and Juliet-from ALEŠ KOT, TRADD MOORE, and HEATHER MOORE begins with a massive-sized debut issue, and features a backup comic introducing the talents of AARON STEWART-AHN and SUNANDO C!

Why It’s Hot: Your new favorite comic starts this week, as Ales Kot and Tradd Moore deliver 70 pages of stunning comic booking for only $5. This comic has all the potential to become the next huge indie hitmfrom Image, and you won’t want to miss out on it. Just take a gander at the preview, and work Tradd and Heather Moore are putting into this. This might be the best looking comic around the moment it hits the stands, and the world Kot is building ain’t too shabby either. I have a feeling this one is going to be special.

Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Laura Braga (Pencils) & Romulo Farjado Jr. (Colors)
Published by DC Comics – $3.99

Then, is Man’s World ready for Wonder Woman to bring Amazonian justice to today’s society? Guest writer Steve Orlando (Justice League of America) delves into that theme in “Transformation Island,” which sees Diana visiting the small-time crook known as Mayfly in jail over the course of several years. But how do these visits impact Diana and Mayfly?

Why It’s Hot: After a lengthy story featuring Diana’s brother Jason extensively, Wonder Woman’s solo series is her’s once again in this beautiful one and done. Fans that were turned off by the lack of Diana in her own book can rejoice because Steve Orlando and Laura Braga have turned in a wonderful issue that shows that these creators understand the character of Wonder Woman more than most.

Written by Ed Piskor
Art by Ed Piskor
Published by Marvel Comics – $5.99

It’s ALL-NEW and ALL-DIFFERENT! Witness Wolverine, Thunderbird, Colossus, Storm and Sunfire suit up as X-Men for the very first time all over again! All through the lens of comics auteur ED PISKOR, who lovingly researches, writes, pencils, inks, colors and letters every page just for you!
The second act of X-MEN GRAND DESIGN begins now!

Why It’s Hot: The first volume of X-Men: Grand Design was one of the most inventive mainstream comic books in recent memory. Condensing and telling the story of the X-Men was a labor of love for the great Ed Piskor, and it showed on each and every page. The last issue brought us up to the point in the mutant story where the original book got cancelled. Now if you know your X-Men you know what this means. Yep, it’s Chris Claremont time. If Piskor’s work on this title was good before imagine just how great it will be when he covers the most popular X-Men run of all time in his signature style? This one is going to be special folks!


* Action Comics #1001
* Amazing Spider-Man #2
* Beach Blanket Bad Guys: Summer Special
* Bone Parish #1
* Charlie’s Angels #2
* Detective Comics #985
* Harbinger Wars 2 #3
* Hot Lunch Special #1
* Multiple Man #2
* Shanghai Red
* Teen Titans #20
* Transformers Unicron #2
* Venom #4
* Wakanda Forever: X-Men #1
* X-23 #2

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