HOT FIVE: Week of January 24, 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 Saladin Ahmed
Art by Sami Kivela & Jason Wordie
Published by BOOM! Studios – $3.99

Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman’s search for the truth that destroyed her family. Hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.

Why It’s Hot: Elena Abbott is a damn good reporter trying to make a living on the beat as a black woman in 1970s Detroit… and you must read this comic to find out more. My personal pick of the week, Abbott is one of the more promising new comics in recent memory. Saladin Ahmed has been turning heads with his work on Black Bolt over at Marvel, but this is his best work yet. Add the amazing period appropriate art of Sami Kivela, and BOOM! Studios has the making of a smash hit on their hands. This is good comic booking, and you do not want to miss out.

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank & Brad Anderson
Published by DC Comics – $4.99

The story takes a turn in the third chapter of this 12-issue series you never thought you’d see, from writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.

Why It’s Hot: The biggest comic going today makes its 2018 debut! After last issue’s face to face confrontations business picks up this time around. Batman and Rorschach! Ozymandias, Lex Luthor, and THAT character! I won’t say much, but there are several moments throughout this issue that will have readers talking throughout the week. I really want to say more about the possible ramifications this comic may have on the larger DCU, and it’s really hard not to, but I’ll just trust that you’ll be picking up Doomsday Clock #3 this week.

Written by Al Ewing
Art by Mike del Mundo
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99

The Royal Family has spent months tracking down Primagen, the element that birthed Terrigen and could save the Inhuman race from its slow extinction. But to get it, they confronted the Progenitors – beings older than the Earth itself. They stole fire from the gods. And the gods are angry. The fate of planet Earth once again sits in Black Bolt and Medusa’s hands. The Progenitors are here to end their experiment once and for all – and our world with it. Who will be able to stand…on Judgment Day?

Why It’s Hot: Al Ewing’a epic journey with the Inhumans comes to a head in this one shot spectacular featuring the art of Mike del Mundo. Two of the best creators in comics today wrapping up an huge story that’s been going on for the better part of a year should be getting all of the buzz. This is a must read for Inhuman fans, and fans of good comics everywhere.

Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Wilfredo Torres
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99

Trauma Part 1

A mind-bending X-Men tale from the brains of Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade the Changing Man) and Wilfredo Torres (Moon Knight, Black Panther)! David Haller, the son of Professor Charles Xavier, has always had trouble containing the multiple personalities in his mind. And with each personality, comes a wild and dangerous mutant power. But now, a terrifying new personality is threatening to absorb these powers and take over David’It’s s mind and body. In a desperate attempt to save himself, David seeks out the help of renowned young psychotherapist Hannah Jones to delve into his fractured mind and fight back this dark personality. But unknown to Legion….Dr Jones brings her own demons with her…

Why It’s Hot: Legion aka David Haller took pop,culture by storm last year in Noah Hawley’s hit TV show. As fans gear up for April’s season two, Marvel Comics has decided to give the character another starring role In this five issue miniseries. Featuring the writing of the legendary Peter Milligan, and one of the most underrated artists in the business today in Wilfredo Torres this has quietly become one of the most anticipated debuts of early 2018.

Written by Majorie Liu
Art by Sana Takeda
Published by Image Comics – $4.99

Hugo Award-winning MONSTRESS returns with a new arc and an oversized issue! Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her life…is to make friends?

Why It’s Hot: It’s been quite awhile since we’ve been blessed with a new issue of the fan favorite and critical hit Monstress. Issue twelve was published all the way back in May of last year. It’s okay though, Liu and Takeda are more than making up for the wait with an extra sized return issue! Fans of this series consider it one of the best comics around, and this is the perfect opportunity to find out what all the praise is about.


* Avengers #677
* Marvel Two-In-One #2
* NINJA-K #3
* Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey #4
* Sex Criminals #21
* Southern Bastards #19
* Thanos #15

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