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 k books, this list is your guaranteed gold in the comic market!
Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
“I AM SUICIDE” conclusion! Batman and the remains of his team come face to face with Bane and the Psycho-Pirate in a final battle at Santa Prisca-and learn whether this was truly a suicide mission!
Why It’s Hot: Batman #12 was not only the best issue featuring The Dark Knight this year, but one of the best comic book issues of 2016 period. The new layers added to the Batman mythos were nothing short of stunning, and the art work of Janin and Chung equally so. Now the question is how the creative team plans to top that as they wrap up the current story arc. It took a little while, but Tom King has found his groove on the title, and every issue is becoming highly anticipated.
Written by Nicole Perlman
Art by Marco Checchetto
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
Before the Guardians…there was Gamora!
From screenwriter Nicole Perlman-co-writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy screenplay-and Marvel superstar artist Marco Checchetto comes a killer new ongoing series! Once upon a time she was Thanos’ heartless pet assassin and favorite daughter. Today, she is the backbone of the Guardians of the Galaxy, putting her life on the line to defend the innocent. What was it that transformed her from being used as a tool of her oppressor, to a champion of the powerless? Embark on a journey of revenge and redemption, and witness how Gamora earned her reputation as the Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy.
Why It’s Hot: Originally announced what felt like ages ago, the long gestating series from GoTG screenwriter Nicole Perlman is here, and It’s about damn time! The only member of the Guardians Of The Galaxy to not be featured in their own solo series is finally getting her due. Joining Perlman is artist Marco Checchetto, who is one of the most underrated artists in all of comics. While Perlman’s comic writing ability is untested, her screenwriting potential, and the guarantee of a beautiful looking comic makes Gamora #1 a must read this week.
JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #1
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Jason Fabok
Published by DC Comics – $4.99
The first major event storyline of DC’s Rebirth era begins with a day Amanda Waller always knew would come: the Justice League discovers the existence of the Suicide Squad! This government-sponsored black-ops team of super-villains with bombs implanted in their brains is obviously a deal-breaker for Earth’s paragons of truth and justice! But you can bet that the Wall and her Task Force X won’t go down without the fight to end all fights as this weekly series gets underway!
Why It’s Hot: The first event of the DC Rebirth Era is here, as the two most popular teams in the DC Universe come face to face courtesy of rising star Joshua Williamson (The Flash), and a group of top notch artists. This event will not only be a blockbuster throwdown, but will lead to the new Justice League Of America, and looks to feature ties to the greater mystery surrounding Rebirth. This should be a fun, hard hitting, quick moving event.
LOCKE & KEY: SMALL WORLD
Written by Joe Hill
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez
Published by IDW Publishing – $4.99
Three years after wrapping up their award-winning, best-selling Locke & Key saga, the team that built Keyhouse returns to Lovecraft, Massachusetts with a new tale of terror and suspense! An impossible birthday gift for two little girls unexpectedly throws open a door to a monster on eight legs!
• You never thought it’d happen but… the Eisner-winning series returns to unlock a special tale from Keyhouse’s sordid past!
• All-new 24-page story by series creators Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Jay Fotos!
Why It’s Hot: Happy Holidays! It’s time to return to Lovecraft, Massachusetts as the great Locke & Key is back! It’s been almost three years to the date since Hill and Rodriguez wrapped up one of the great comic book runs of the decade, and their return to Keyhouse comes in the form of an extra sized one shot set in the early 20th century. This is a perfect issue for newcomers that want to see what all the fuss is about, as well as for longtime fans.
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Kris Anka
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
Peter Quill might have been born on Earth, but he’s been away a LONG time. How does a man go from soaring through the stars as the legendary Star-Lord to living with his feet planted firmly on the ground? What kind of job options are available for a guy whose CV mostly consists of “guarding the galaxy”? One thing is certain, Earth has a new guardian. Also, a new bartender.
Why It’s Hot: Well this is going to be good. Zdarsky proved with Howard The Duck that he is just as good of a writer as he is an artist, and he is a damn good artist. He is joined by fan favorite artist Kris Anka in what is the most high profile ongoing series of the artist’s career. Together the duo looks to be the perfect creative team to take on Peter Quill’s earthly (to begin with at least) adventures. You can expect plenty of laughs, action, and sexy Star-Lord.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #3, Amazing Spider-Man #22, Invincible Iron Man #2, Jem: The Misfits #1, Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #1, The Fix #7, The Mighty Captain Marvel #0, Ultimates 2 #2, Uncanny X-Men #16