HOT FIVE: Week of June 5, 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 Kurt Busiek
Art by Brent Anderson

Published by DC Comics — $3.99

ASTRO CITY is back in a new, ongoing monthly series that showcases old heroes and new, as The Ambassador comes to Earth, and an ordinary man is caught up in a cosmic conflict! Featuring the return of favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, and the debut of some new sensations! Plus, the seeds of a new mystery: Who is the Broken Man? The entire award-winning creative team is back to kick off a new epoch of the human and the super human. Get in on the ground floor of Astro City’s next epic!

Why It’s Hot: One of comic market’s favorite (and longest-running) creator-owned super-hero universe is back, and everything that made it awesome is back — and we mean everything! Original creators, favorite characters, and even Alex Ross on covers! Plus, if you’ve never experienced Astro City, you won’t get a better place to jump on in!

Take a Sneak Peek.


Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by Carmine di Giandomenico

Published by Marvel Comics — $3.99

All-new creative team and direction! The search for the Infinity Gems brings disaster to the Triskellion’s doorstep! Is this the end of the Ultimates?

Why It’s Hot: Comicosity spoke briefly with Josh Fialkov about his upcoming run at C2E2, and we were totally intrigued! Out are Iron Man, Captain America and the movie giants! In are neo-villains Mr. Fantastic, Quicksilver, Bruce Banner, and one more… could it be a certain time-traveling baddie? Don’t miss this new break as the Ultimate Universe once again carves out its own path!

Take a Sneak Peek.


Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Billy Tan
Published by DC Comics — $2.99

Hal Jordan becomes the leader of the most feared and hated group in the universe: The Green Lantern Corps! New faces, new threats and a new beginning for the GREEN LANTERN monthlies!

Why It’s Hot: Geoff Johns’ epic nine-year run just ended two weeks ago, but there’s no rest for the Lanterns, as X-O Manowar and Demon Knights writer Robert Venditti takes on the next stage in Hal Jordan’s life. The Guardians are gone and in their place as leader is the original hothead Hal Jordan. Oh yeah, that’s going to work out! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Take a Sneak Peek.


STK529835KICK-ASS 3 #1
Written by Mark Millar
Art by John Romita Jr.

Published by Marvel Comics — $2.99

Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl’s blockbuster return for the LAST EVER story arc of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s mega-selling series. Hit-Girl’s in jail, leaving Kick-Ass to lead the superhero team of Justice Forever. Their first mission: Bust Hit-Girl out of the clink. But superheroes have now been outlawed, leaving Kick-Ass to dodge both cops AND criminals. For the first time since donning the costume, Kick-Ass is beginning to have his doubts. Is he now in too deep to get out? The phenomenal follow-up to the Kick-Ass 2 movie coming this June. Issue #1 features six different covers by the industry’s biggest artists, all available for order. Each cover will feature a different character, and when all six covers are linked, a special message will be revealed.

Why It’s Hot: The conclusion to Mark Millar and John Romita’s massively successful tale begins here, and who doesn’t want to see what crazy ultra-violent hijinks these kids will be up to next?

Take a Sneak Peek.

Written by Mike Kunkel
Art by Mike Kunkel

Published by Boom! Studios — $3.99


It’s Picture Day at Tyler’s school, and naturally he’s forgotten! But before Tyler can pick his good side, he has to sneak out of class with his best friend Herobear to stop an attack on the Simpleton Bridge from the mysterious Von Klon and his Sub-of-Doom! …and he better not lose his hall pass in the process. Don’t miss as creator Mike Kunkel relaunches his Eisner-award winning creation at KaBOOM! with a brand new original adventure!

Why It’s Hot: Speaking of kids, time to revisit one of the properties that spurred on the last decade’s reinvigoration of kids comics. Whether you buy it for a child, or stash it away for your own enjoyment, new stories of Mike Kunkel’s original creation are too good to pass 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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