HOT FIVE: Week Of February 15, 2017

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.

Written by Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV
Art by Steve Epting
Published by DC Comics – $2.99

The newest chapter of Batwoman’s life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! Learn where Batwoman comes from, and where she’s going, in this one-shot prologue to the first big Batwoman epic, “The Many Arms Of Death”

Why It’s Hot: Fans have been asking, and DC has answered, as Batwoman is back in her own ongoing series! You couldn’t have asked for a better creative team to handle Kate’s solo return, as two of DC’s brightest young creators are joined by the great Steve Epting for this Rebirth special.

Written by Dan Slott
Art by Jim Cheung
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

•  The Jackal takes drastic measures that Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen and Scarlet Spider could never see coming.
•  Jackal’s coup de grâce not only sets a host of resurrected villains loose on the unsuspecting streets of San Francisco, but threatens the lives of everyone on Earth!
•  After months of waiting, heartache and incredible surprises, THIS is the issue Spider-fans around the world will be talking about for years to come.

Why It’s Hot: This is it. The end of one of the best crossovers in recent memory. Slott and Cheung have pulled out all of the stops, and there’s no doubt there will be anything different about this final issue. Expect big moments, heartbreak, and plenty of things to discuss come Wednesday.

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Published by DC Comics – $2.99

“When I grow up” part one! The sons of Batman and Superman have graduated to their own monthly comic-but if they want to survive, they’re going to have to share it! Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN, SUPERMAN) teams with rising-star artist Jorge Jimenez (EARTH 2) to bring you the adventures of the World’s Smallest. This debut issue looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys’ own understanding of their powers-except that he believes it’s his right to rule over every being on the planet!

Why It’s Hot: We got a taste of Tomasi’s take on the Damien/Jon relationship in a recent arc of Superman. It was awesome, and further heightened the anticipation for this series. Tomasi has been at the top of his game recently, with the afformentioned Superman being one of the best comics around, and Jimenez is a talented artist. There’s no reason why this can’t immediately be one of DC’s best comics.

Written by Al Ewing
Art by Paco Medina
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

• It’s socialism gone wild as the U.S.Avengers literally punch the business leaders of tomorrow right in their faces!
•  Are there extenuating circumstances, or have we just gone mad? You’ll have to read the comic to find out!
•  Also, the Golden Skull makes his incredibly ostentatious, jewel-encrusted last stand!
Rated T+

Why It’s Hot: I may be beating the proverbial dead horse here, but if you haven’t been reading Al Ewing and Paco Medina’s U.S.Avengers you are missing out on one of the very best superhero comics on the market. Ewing is arguably both the best and most underrated writer working for Marvel. I know the name might seem a bit goofy, but trust me and read this series. You can thank me later, because you’ll be too busy having fun.

Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Jon Davis Hunt
Published by DC Comics – $3.99

A troubled woman, barred by her employer from continuing her research, walks miserably through New York City. It takes her a moment to notice that everybody else is looking up. A man has been thrown from the upper floor of the Halo skyscraper.

And that woman-Angela Spica, sick from the transhuman implants she’s buried in her own body-is the only person who can save him.

What she doesn’t know is that the act of saving that one man will tip over a vast and secret house of cards that encloses the entire world, if not the inner solar system. This is how the Wild Storm begins, and it may destroy covert power structures, secret space programs and even all of human history.

New York Times best-selling writer Warren Ellis (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, RED, PLANETARY) returns to DC to curate Jim Lee’s WildStorm world, with this debut issue resetting the WildStorm universe with new iterations of Grifter, Voodoo, the Engineer, Jenny Sparks and others.

“I couldn’t be more excited to see these characters that are so near and dear to me reintroduced under the guiding hand of Warren Ellis. WildStorm represents an incredibly fun and exciting period in my career, and I can’t wait to see what Warren and Jon have in store for fans in February.”-Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher

Why It’s Hot: Warren Ellis is not only returning to the Wildstorm Universe, but essentially rebooting the characters made famous by Jim Lee years ago. Joined by Clean Room artist Jon Davis-Hunt, The Wild Storm is guaranteed have something for new and longtime fans alike.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Batman #17, God Country #2, Sex Criminals #16, Star Lord #3, Superman #17

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