Hot Five: Week of August 21, 2013

Every week, Comicosity brings you our Hot Five, 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.

STK617269BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #1
Written by Kyle Higgins and Christos Gage
Art by Thony Silas and Iban Coello

Published by DC Comics — $3.99

The new series begins here with all-new creative teams and all-new adventure!

Why It’s Hot: Batman Beyond jumps ahead a year and launches its 2.0 era with this first issue. With both Batman and Justice League Beyond stories appearing every month, Higgins and Cage are infusing new life and mysteries to the future of our much beloved DC Universe Animated mythology. If you think you’ve seen it all before, you’re going to want to read this first chapter. Terry’s life, in particular, and the legacy of the Batman will never be the same!

Take a Sneak Peek.

 

STK616315AVENGERS #18
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Leinil Francis Yu

Published by Marvel Comics — $3.99

Deep in space, the Avengers join the Council of Worlds as they declare war on their cosmic invaders. The rebirth of the Skrull Empire. The first encounter with the Builders.

Why It’s Hot: Infinity came out of the gate last week like gangbusters, but fans shouldn’t just sit around waiting for the next issue to drop. Jonathan Hickman is weaving a complex tale through both of his Avengers books — much more than tie-ins — and you’re going to want to grab these as fast as you can. No doubt they’ll end up harder to find than the main title down the road.

Take a Sneak Peek.

 

justld_cv23_1_25_varJUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Mikel Janin
Published by DC Comics — $3.99

TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 5! The Justice Leagues continues to fracture as the murder of a hero is solved-and the line between justice and vengeance blurs as they head off to find those responsible!

Why It’s Hot: Trinity War is fast approaching its end, and with this penultimate issue, we will begin to see how Forever Evil will rise out of its conclusion. Don’t miss this prelude story to the New 52’s first full company crossover. The path to the villains taking over next month is in this story!

Take a Sneak Peek.

 

LSH_Cv23_dsLEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #23
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Kevin Maguire

Published by DC Comics — $2.99

FINAL ISSUE
In this final issue, the Legion picks itself up after the brutal attack from the Fatal Five nearly destroyed civilization across the cosmos! While some Legionaires bury their dead, others fight for the future of the Legion against a society that now doesn’t trust them. Don’t miss surprises galore in this landmark issue drawn by Kevin Maguire as the true nature of the Legion is questioned-and the future of the DCU is changed in a way you’ll never expect!

Why It’s Hot: After precisely 40 years of continuous publication (with only a month’s break here or there), the Legion of Super-Heroes once again ends for the foreseeable future, but DC is determined to have it go out with a bang. With superstar artist Kevin Maguire on the final issue, if you’ve ever cared about the Legion, you’ll want to pick up this issue. And for the sake of fans who will desperately miss the title, the book will hopefully go the way it did after its three year slow down from 1970 to 1973, and come back roaring with another 40 year run soon enough — maybe this time without all the reboots!

Take a Sneak Peek.

 

kodt200KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #200
Written by Jolly Blackburn
Art by Jolly Blackburn and Larry Elmore
Published by Kenzer and Company — $8.99

Special extended anniversary issue! The 200th issue of this multiple award-winning comic magazine features the hilarious misadventures of a group of gamers (the Knights) and their friends, along with useful role-playing and other articles for gamers, from a gamer’s perspective. It’s a slice of (fantasy) life in strips, articles, reviews and features, and a wonderful celebration of the gaming culture!

Why It’s Hot: Lots of comic readers may be unfamiliar with Kenzer’s longlasting Knights of the Dinner Table series, but if you’re a fan of table top or roleplaying games, and need a great laugh monthly, this is the book for you. Why not jump in on this awesome anniversary offering? It’s guaranteed fun for game players across the board. Yes. Pun intended.

 

So, those are ours, but what are your Hot Five for the week? Sound off below, shout out to us on Facebook or on Twitter to @Comicosity!

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