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.
ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #1
Written by Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by Art Baltazar
Published by Dark Horse Comics — $2.99
A ghost named Rasputin has been spotted! And Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. are going to find out what he’s up to.
Who is Hellboy anyway? Why does he have such a big hand and what is it used for? Who’s weirder, him or his friends? What is the B.P.R.D.? And what does chicken soup have to do with all of it? This and more answered in the debut issue, where BIG things happen to itty bitty Hellboy!
Why It’s Hot: Art and Franco have made a splash on the comic market with their interpretations of DC Comics’ most famous characters. So, isn’t it time we see what they can do with Dark Horse Comics’ big gun as well? Hilarity, action and cuteness will ensue, guaranteed!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
Published by DC Comics — $3.99
TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 6! Trinity War concludes! But that doesn’t mean all ends well for our heroes. The secret behind Pandora’s Box is revealed and it means the end of the Justice Leagues!
Why It’s Hot: With the recent news that the Crime Syndicate is returning, I’m more eager than ever to finally get some answers, and they HAVE to be in this final issue of the Trinity War crossover. Who exactly is the Outsider? Who is the mole he’s placed in the Justice League? And if Pandora’s Box is a gateway, where exactly does it lead?
NEW AVENGERS #9
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Mike Deodato
Published by Marvel Comics — $3.99
• The Illuminati on the front line as the Earth is invaded.
• The House of Black Bolt cracks.
• Earth falls.
Why It’s Hot: Infinity continues as Jonathan Hickman’s big plan rolls out in what is probably his most loved series to date. Remember, you CAN read Infinity by itself, but reading it with its partner books Avengers and New Avengers is really what the creative team intended. And why wouldn’t you? Those books rock!
BATMAN, INCORPORATED SPECIAL #1
Written by Chris Burnham, Dan DiDio and more
Art by Chris Burnham, Ethan Van Sciver and more
Published by DC Comics — $4.99
An all-star special featuring the various members of Batman Incorporated-Man-of-Bats, Red Raven, El Gaucho, Dark Ranger, Knight, Batman himself and more! In the wake of their epic struggle with Talia al Ghul, the Heretic and Leviathan see what’s next for the members of Batman’s army. Featuring stories written and drawn by a collection of industry greats! Plus: Bat-Cow makes her solo debut in a tale by writer Dan DiDio and artist Ethan Van Sciver!
Why It’s Hot: One word: Moo.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY #1
Written by Scott Snyder, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire and more
Art by Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla and more
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo — $7.99
You are cordially invited to a party-to die for! This special features eight amazing stories set in the world of American Vampire, with “lost tales,” new characters and old favorites. Don’t miss these stories brought to you by series creators Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, as well as other awesome comics talent like Becky Cloonan (BATMAN), Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (DAYTRIPPER), Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH), Greg Rucka (The Punisher, BATWOMAN), Gail Simone (BATGIRL) and many more!
Why It’s Hot: With the kind of creative line-up set for this single issue, it could be about anything and it would land in my pull box, but when you tell me it’s American Vampire? SOLD.
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!