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!
ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR #1
Written by Alex de Campi
Art by Fernando Ruiz & Rich Koslowski
Published by Dark Horse Comics – $3.99
HE’S IN RIVERDALE WITH A FEW DAYS TO KILL!
America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter! Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for Spring Break, where party games and beach games are soon replaced by the Most Dangerous Game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?
* The wildest Archie crossover ever (and that’s saying something)!
* From Alex de Campi (Grindhouse, My Little Pony)
* Variant covers by Eric Powell (The Goon) and Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)!
Why It’s Hot: One of the craziest crossovers since the citizens of Riverdale met The Punisher years ago is finally upon us. This is really a comic that must be read to be believed, as I never thought I’d see a Predator in an Archie book. This is classic Archie with a killer twist, and you should be excited.
BLOODSHOT REBORN #1
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Mico Suayan
Published by Valiant Entertainment – $3.99
From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Green Arrow) and red-hot rising star Mico Suayan (HARBINGER, Moon Knight), VALIANT NEXT delivers an all-new ongoing series for Valiant’s most unrelenting hero!
Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well. Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in selfimposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving headlong into the violence that nearly destroyed him.
Why It’s Hot: Jeff Lemire has become a Valiant mainstay over the past few years, and everyone of the titles that he has launched there has been really really good. There’s no reason to think that his take on Valiant’s resident killing machine will be any different, especially when you throw in the stunning art of Mico Suayan. Bloodshot Reborn is yet another perfect jumping on point for readers who are new to Valiant.
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #2
Written by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa
Art by Robert Hack & Rachel Deering
Published by Archie Comics – $3.99
After the shocking revelations of last issue, Sabrina’s mortal boyfriend Harvey doesn’t quite seem himself. In fact, he doesn’t seem human. His body’s there, but his soul is… elsewhere. When the Witches’ Council refuses to help her, Sabrina turns to Madame Satan for comfort, playing right into her evil schemes. This dark re-imagining of everyone’s favorite teen witch continues! For TEEN+ readers.
Why It’s Hot: After a long hiatus between issues Sabrina is back, and the wait was definitely worth it. A beautiful, scary, awesome comic featuring everyone’s favorite teenage witch is taking #ArchieHorror to another level. Now lets just hope the wait for issue three will be a little more bearable, because this title has the potential to be the absolute best horror comic around.
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Sean G. Murphy
Published by Image Comics – $3.50
Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly have become the world’s first time travelers – but not all goes according to plan when the two go rogue in their own era-hopping adventure! With the world watching, the buddies get mixed up in an eon’s worth of sticky situations while some of history’s scariest villains – and their bosses back in the present day – are determined to track them down!
Why It’s Hot: Millar and Murphy launched Chrononauts to rave reviews last month, and to be completely honest, the second issue is even better than the first. What will happen when all of time is Dr. Quinn and Dr. Reilly’s playground? The answer is “A lot of awesome stuff beautifully drawn by the great Sean Murphy.”
THE FADE OUT #5
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser
Published by Image Comics – $3.50
The second act of BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS’ biggest hit ever begins with a bang!
Someone knows who killed Valeria Sommers, but can our “heroes” find them without exposing themselves? And will their search lead them to answers they don’t want to find?
A perfect jumping-on point for new readers, released the same day as the trade! And packed with bonus back pages articles only found in the single issues.
Why It’s Hot: Here is some comic book math that should be universally known at this point. Brubaker + Phillips = magic. After a few months off to do the recent Criminal one-shot, The Fade Out is back for its second arc. The comic is still among the very best that the business has to offer. If you haven’t jumped on board yet, do yourself a favor by picking up both the $9.99 first trade and new issue this week.