Hot Five: Week of July 31, 2013

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.

Written by Simon Oliver
Art by Robbi Rodriguez

Published by DC Comics/Vertigo — $2.99

It started small: temporary gravity failures, time reversal loops, entropy reversals. With much fanfare a new government agency was formed with a mandate “to prevent and protect.” Its official title: The Federal Bureau of Physics. Humans, if nothing else, adapt to the changing parameters of their existence. What was extraordinary soon became ordinary, a part of people’s daily lives. They move on and do what people have always done: survive. But even that new status quo is now under threat. Things are getting worse, and it falls to Special Agent Adam Hardy and his FBP team to figure out what’s going on, before it’s too late…

Why It’s Hot: Part of Vertigo Comics’ new generation push for creator-owned comics, Collider is from the writer of previous Vertigo series The Exterminators. Described by the artist as a bit of blue collar sci-fi, this series is sure to add to the diversity of Vertigo’s line, already led by Scott Snyder’s The Wake, Jeff Lemire’s Trillium, and of course, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Overture.

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Written by Brian Michael Bendis and Neil Gaiman
Art by Sara Pichelli

Published by Marvel Comics — $3.99

Spinning out of the dramatic conclusion of Age of Ultron, dimensions collide and Heaven’s most fearsome Angel pushes the Guardians back on their heels.

Why It’s Hot: Speaking of Mr. Gaiman… C’mon. Do you really need me to tell you why this is hot? Neil Gaiman co-writing a book with Brian Michael Bendis? Angela joins the cast? Hello.

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Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Chris Burnham
Published by DC Comics — $2.99

Batman saves the world and loses everything.

Why It’s Hot: Grant Morrison has teased that fans are going to HATE his ending to Batman Incorporated, which is an ominous way to wrap up a seven-year run on the Dark Knight. It’s also probably the most brilliant marketing scheme ever. Fans? Hate something? INCONCEIVABLE. Let’s just all buy it to find out.

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STK6166443 GUNS #1
Written by Steven Grant
Art by Emilio Laiso

Published by BOOM! Studios — $3.99

Trench was a deepcover DEA agent. Steadman was an undercover Naval Intelligence officer. Now, after racing headlong across the Southwest, desperately outrunning Feds and mobsters alike while trying to clear their names, Trench and Steadman are pulled into another impossible situation: brokering gun deals between the Russians and antigovernment revolutionaries…from opposite sides. And little do they know, a Third Gun has her eyes set on the ultimate prizeand she won’t go down without a fight. Creator Steven Grant (DAMNED, PUNISHER: CIRCLE OF BLOOD) returns along with original series cover artist Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) for more actioncomedy thrills!

Why It’s Hot: The follow-up to 2006’s crime caper, 3 Guns sees lead characters Trench and Steadman pulled into a crazy arms deal, quite separately, and having to face off against Russian gangsters, anti-government revolutionaries and a mysterious new “third gun.” Expect ultra-violence and absurd humor to abound!!!

Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Fernando Dagnino

Published by Dark Horse Comics— $2.99

On the run from the US government after fleeing custody, Captain Midnight has been labeled a security risk. In the forties, he was an American hero, a daredevil fighter pilot, a technological genius . . . a superhero. But since he rifled out of the Bermuda Triangle into the present day, Captain Midnight doesn’t know what or who to trust!

Why It’s Hot: The preview in Dark Horse Comics’ Free Comic Book Day offering blew me away, as this pulp-style hero meets the twenty-first century in a way that’s at once believable and exciting. Fresh off the successful launch of Ghosted at Image Comics, Joshua Williamson is ready to knock another one out of the park with Captain Midnight it seems. And Dark Horse’s record for pairing interesting writers with superstar artists definitely would back that claim up!


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!




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