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.
BLACK PANTHER #1
Written by Te-Nehisi Coates
Art by Brian Stellfreeze
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
A new era for the Black Panther starts here!
Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE, “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther’s struggle to do right by his people as their ruler. The indomitable will of Wakanda — the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions — has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change?
Why It’s Hot: One of the most anticipated comics of the year is finally here! Arguably the most decorated writer to ever write for Marvel, and life long fan, Te-Nehisi Coates makes his comics debut. He is joined by the great Brian Stellfreeze. The Black Panther is poised to be one of Marvel’s biggest characters of the next few years, and it starts here with one of the year’s biggest comics.
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Stuart Immonen
Published by Marvel Comics/Icon – $3.99
Imagine you’re married to the worst bad guy from your favorite sci-fi movie. An alien dictator feared throughout the universe, who will kill you if you leave — but you need to escape for the sake of your three children. All you have are your wits, your bodyguard, and three guns. Welcome to EMPRESS, your new favorite comic.
Why It’s Hot: Mark Millar has been on a hot streak. The past few years have seen him turn out the best work of his illustrious career. He has been working with some of the best artists that comics have to offer, and next up is the phenomenal Stuart Immonen. Millar, Immonen, and a huge space adventure sounds like a HOT a comic to me.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR SPECIAL #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Oscar Jimenez, Ivan Reis & Various
Published by DC Comics – $3.99
The massive “Darkseid War” epic continues to set the stages for the future of the DC Universe as we reveal the secrets behind its newest major player: Darkseid’s daughter, Grail! And if the Justice League is not careful, the spoils of war will all end up with her! See the truth behind Grail’s role in this war and the future of the DC Universe as she tears her way across it. Don’t miss this extra-sized special offered at the regular price of $3.99!
Plus, world-renowned visualist Kim Jung Gi puts his stamp on the DC Universe with a wall-to-wall-to-wall action triptych featuring the Big Three!
Why It’s Hot: In many ways it feels like Geoff Johns’ entire run on Justice League has been building towards The Darkseid War, and so far the story hasn’t disappointed. It’s gotten so big that it needed an extra sized special. An extra sized special that continues one of the biggest stories in recent memory priced at $3.99 sounds like a treat. I like treats.
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #1
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Phil Noto
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES SPINNING OUT OF STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS!
Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top secret and vital mission…Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force. Revealing backstory leading directly into the holidays’ greatest adventure, follow Poe and his X-Wing squadron on covert missions against the First Order brought to you by writer Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando, Daredevil) and artist Phil Noto (Star Wars: Chewbacca, Black Widow)!
Why It’s Hot: Poe Dameron in his own comic. Need I say more?
THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON #5
Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerads
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo – $3.99
Now that Chris and Nassir have stuck their noses where some people wish they hadn’t, everyone seeks shelter behind the gates of the American stronghold within the Baghdad Green Zone. When both Chris and Nassir’s wife Fatima are unable to sleep, they have an unlikely meeting of the minds and share their experiences from the War on Terror. By morning, Chris will see the Iraqi woman in a whole new light. Now a 12-issue miniseries!
Why It’s Hot: If you aren’t reading The Sheriff of Babylon you are missing out on one of the best comics being published today. I’d probably even go as far in calling it the best. Newly announced writer of Batman, Tom King is telling a unique story about life in a war zone, and Mitch Gerads is turning out the best art of his career. This is a must read title every time it’s released.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Black Widow #2, Superman #51, The Fix #1, The Vision #5, The Walking Dead #153