HOT FIVE: Week of April 13, 2016

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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BATMAN SUPERMAN #31
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Doug Mahnke
Published by DC Comics – $3.99

In part two of “Super League,” Superman enlists Batman’s aid in seeking out people that can help form his new super-league. A shocking discovery is made about a new super-being no one knew existed, and something is beginning to stalk Superman…

Why It’s Hot: “Super League” kicked off last week with Superman #51, as Tomasi and Mikel Janin produced one of the best received Superman issues in quite awhile. It can be argued that it was one of the best issues starring The Man Of Steel since before the 2011 reboot. Now the story continues in Batman Superman #31, as artist Doug Mahnke gets in on the fun. Speaking of fun, how about those cover triangles!? Something just feels so good, and so right about those little guys.

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DEADLY CLASS #20
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Wes Craig
Published by Image Comics – $3.99

“Die for Me” Part 4
Marcus learns that when your friends come to kill you, you’re better off with an enemy by your side.

Why It’s Hot: Deadly Class has consistently been one of the best comics over the two plus years since the first issue was released. This current arc is brutal, and I mean that as a huge compliment. Remender is on the top of his game, Craig is turning out some of the best work anywhere, and the results are stunning. Deadly Class may be twenty issues old, which seems like a lot these days, but it is as good as ever.

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GWENPOOL #1
Written by Christopher Hastings
Art by Gurihiru & Danillo Beyruth
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99

2015’s overnight internet sensation takes center stage in her own ongoing series! Gwen Poole used to be a comic book reader just like you…until she woke up in a world where the characters she read about seemed to be real! But they can’t be, right? This must all be fake, or a dream or something, right? And you know what that means…NO CONSEQUENCES! Could Gwenpool truly be Marvel’s least responsible and least role-modely character to date? She can if she tries!

Why It’s Hot: The character of Gwenpool was born from the cosplay community. As evidenced by her name, she is a hybrid of Deadpool, and Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen. To be perfectly honest there’s no reason why this character should make any sense at all, and it’s amazing that she has taken on a life of her own. What I do know is that she is an extremely FUN character, and that there’s a good chance this series ends up surprising a lot of people.

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STAR WARS: C-3PO
Written by James Robinson
Art by Tony Harris
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99

• Follow everyone’s favorite protocol droid as he Journeys to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in this special one-shot leading up to his appearance in the film! Just how did Threepio get a red arm, anyway? Find out here as the blockbuster creative team of James Robinson and Tony Harris of DC’s Starman reunite for the first time in nearly two decades!
•  You may be fluent in over six million forms of communication…but this book is a must have in any language!

Why It’s Hot: James Robinson! Tony Harris! Starm… I mean Star Wars! One of the greatest creative teams of the past twenty five years are headed to a galaxy far far away for this special one shot. That’s right, the creators of Starman, one of the all time great comic book series, are reunited for the first time in years. They got the band back together to tell the story of how everyone’s favorite Protocol Droid ended up with his brand new look, as seen in The Force Awakens. This is another example of Marvel doing really cool things with the Star Wars license.

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XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS #1
Written by Genevive Valentine
Art by Ariel Medel
Published by Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99

After the Twilight of the Gods, the world is precariously uncertain – and Xena and Gabrielle have been missing from it for twenty-five years. Even without Livia, the power of Rome is growing: Caesar is determined to conquer by lies what he can’t conquer by force, and the people at its edges know what’s coming. (All roads lead to Rome, and Rome is hunting.) Xena and Gabrielle scramble to stop him before they have to wage war against a man they once called a friend. But along the way, Xena will have to confront her past against a rogue band of women warriors, and Gabrielle, whose secret visions are becoming prophecy, will have to protect Xena – at any cost.

Why It’s Hot: With the recent news that there is a new Xena: Warrior Princess TV show on the way, the character seems to be in the public consciousness more now than she has been in years, and Dynamite is striking while the iron is hot. Yes, we are getting a Xena comic by the writer who wrote one of the best runs of Catwoman ever. A great female writer taking on an iconic female character like this is really exciting.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #2, Black Road #1, Goldie Vance #1, Hot Damn #1, Moon Knight #1

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