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.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #22
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
Published by DC Comics — $3.99
“TRINITY WAR” begins in this full-length epic!
Why It’s Hot: It’s the event we’ve been waiting for since last May, and it’s finally here: a showdown… but among what three parties? Is it the Justice League vs. Justice League of America vs. Justice League Dark? Is it Pandora vs. Phantom Stranger vs. the Question? Is it Superman and Wonder Woman vs. Batman? Time to see sparks fly and experience the start of what’s looking like a very villainous fall for DC Comics!
QUANTUM AND WOODY #1
Written by James Asmus
Art by Tom Fowler
Published by Valiant Comics — $3.99
Writer James Asmus (Thief of Thieves, Gambit, The End Times of Bram & Ben) and artist Tom Fowler (Venom, Hulk: Season One) punt the world’s worst superhero team headfirst into the Valiant Universe! Once upon a time, Eric and Woody Henderson were inseparable. Adopted brothers. Best friends. Brilliant minds. Years later, they are estranged siblings, petty rivals, and washed-up failures. But when their father’s murder leads them into the throes of a life-altering scientific accident, Eric and Woody will find themselves with a whole new purpose – and a perfectly legitimate reason to wear costumes and fight crime. Go big or go home, folks! Quantum and Woody are coming! And the action-packed, zeitgeist-shredding exploitation stunt comic you demanded is here at last. (And, yes, there will be a goat too. Eventually.)
Why It’s Hot: Quantum and Woody are long time fan favorites, going back to their 1997 original series by creator Christopher Priest. For good or ill, the series is back in the Valiant Universe and will feature brand new stories (and a great jumping on point) from writer James Asmus! Check out what’s sure to spur a bit of controversy this week! And there’s a goat!
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Goran Sudzuka and Miroslav Mrva
Published by Image Comics — $2.99
A HORROR/CRIME MASHUP THAT’S EQUAL PARTS OCEAN’S 11 AND THE SHINING. Jackson T. Winters is one of the greatest criminal masterminds to ever live…except he’s rotting in jail after his last, doomed score. But when a filthy rich collector breaks him out, he’s tasked with putting together an elite team of paranormal experts to do the impossible: Steal a ghost from a haunted house of horrors!
Why It’s Hot: Comicosity spoke with writer Joshua Williamson about Ghosted two weeks back, and we’re definitely looking forward to this new creator-owned series from Image Comics. The horror and crime mash-up has been a big hit for Ed Brubaker on Fatale, and is certain to produce another big hit for the ever-growing independent publisher.
Written by Ed Brisson
Art by John Christmas
Published by Image Comics — $2.99
A PRE-APOCALYPTIC TALE OF SURVIVAL AT ANY COST.
The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any-and-all end of world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons and training can’t save them from the one threat they never could have expected: Their own children.
Why It’s Hot: We read a lot of stories about what happens after the end of the world, but what about the preparation before? Enter: Sheltered, another new launch this week from Image Comics. Check out our interview with writer Ed Brisson, and then grab this book!
STAR WARS #7
Written by Brian Wood
Art by Ryan Kelly and Dan Parsons
Published by Dark Horse Comics — $2.99
Princess Leia takes the Rebels’ secret mission to the next level! Playing it safe has gotten them nowhere, and they are running out of resources and time. What’s the fastest way to get inside info on the Empire? Have your top pilots get themselves captured!
Why It’s Hot: It’s the start of the second story arc for this huge surprise hit from the Star Wars Universe, and a great jumping on point if you’ve been wondering what all the hubbub is about. With Princess Leia front and center in an ongoing tale set immediately after the events of Episode IV, Star Wars is a series you MUST have on your pull list if you love a) kick-ass ladies, b) the original trilogy, c) brilliant character writing, or d) all of the above.
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!