HOT FIVE: Week of March 6, 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 Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Bryan Hitch

Published by Marvel Comics — $3.99

For years the heroes of the Marvel Universe have lived in fear that the artificial intelligence known as Ultron would one day evolve to fulfill its desire to wipe out all organic life and take over the Earth — that day has arrived. This massive 10-part Marvel Universe-spanning event is brought to you by Eisner award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and comics legend Bryan Hitch.

Why It’s Hot: The LONG-awaited (wasn’t the prologue, Avengers #12.1, published in June 2011?) event is finally here and rumor has it, the ramifications for the Marvel Universe will be dire. But frankly, the real reason to grab this gem is two names: Brian Michael Bendis and Bryan Hitch. You want an event? THAT’S an event.

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Sex_1SEX #1
Written by Joe Casey
Art by Piotr Kowalski
Published by Image Comics — $2.99

FIRST ISSUE – COLLECTOR’S ITEM! Finally, a good reason for you come in the comic book store — to buy SEX! Simon Cooke has retired from his own “alternative lifestyle” and returned to the city he’d previously sworn to protect. Now he’s just another average citizen — or is he? The term “adult” has never been so appropriate as it is when it applies to SEX.

Why It’s Hot: Image launches another creator-owned title to add to its fleet of goodness, and this one is probably going to be the talk of the town. A little bit noirish, a little bit sci-fi, and enough mystery to shake a … stick at.

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Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Eduardo Francisco
Published by DC Comics — $3.99

All-new digital adventures in print for the first time! The new, monthly AME-COMI ongoing series begins here! The Ame-Comi Girls team up for the final showdown with Brainiac! Starring Wonder Woman, Power Girl, Supergirl, Batgirl, Robin, Steel and The Flash!

Why It’s Hot: This book, among many of DC Comics’ digital-first titles, is a hidden gem that should not be hidden anymore. As I wrote in my review of this story when it first hit my iPad, “If you’ve been asking for comics for kids, THIS IS THAT BOOK. If you’ve been wanting to see brilliantly fun superhero action without darkness and gore, THIS IS THAT BOOK. If you’ve been yearning to see young women kick ass on the comics page, THIS IS THAT BOOK.” Give this one a try and see that I’m right!

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Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Yanick Paquette
Published by DC Comics — $2.99

Don’t miss the heartbreaking epilogue to “ROTWORLD.” Swamp Thing makes the ultimate sacriface in an attempt save the world from the Rot! This issue marks the end of life as Swamp Thing knows it!

Why It’s Hot: Scott Snyder says goodbye to Alec Holland and wraps up his epic Rotworld story all in one issue. This run has been a surprise no one could have predicted prior to the start of the New 52, and I’m pretty confident Snyder has something special planned for the send-off.

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Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Dustin Weaver

Published by Marvel Comics — $3.99

“WORLD BREAKER” The Avengers must scramble to deal with the threat of another Universal SYSTEM. The New Adam is transformed, and his true self revealed. And the most dangerous hero on Earth is created.

Why It’s Hot: Heh. Every time the phrase “New Universe” is uttered, my pal Keith puts another penny into a jar that he carries onto his back to the comic shop, hoping to see that familiar flash of white light strike the earth once more. Well, Keith is now in traction, but just in time as Jonathan Hickman continues his epic-in-the-making and ramps up just how world-spanning this little book called Avengers will be.

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