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.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Jesus Saiz
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
He’s back! The original Sentinel of Liberty returns, with a new shield, a new team, and a new mission! And he’s not the only one who’s back! Like the saying goes– cut off one LIMB, two more will take its place! HAIL HYDRA!
Why It’s Hot: Steve Rogers is back in the red, white and blue! New costume, new shield, new ongoing series from current keeper of the Captain America flame, Nick Spencer, and artist Jesus Saiz. Spencer has been doing a phenomenal job on Captain America: Sam Wilson, and it will be fascinating to see how he balances the two titles. Even more intriguing will be how he balances the two Captain Americas. There is an interesting story to be told there, and if anyone can tell it well it’s Nick Spencer.
DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, Phil Jimenez
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
THEY SAID IT: “Rebirth is about focusing in on the core of the character and their respective universe,” says writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “It brings back what has been lost, the legacy of the ch
Why It’s Hot: Rebirth is upon us, and the DC Universe will never be the same. In recent days anticipation for Johns’ farewell (for now) to comics has reached fever pitch as details of the issue began to emerge. Early reactions from those that have had a chance to read it have been almost universally positive, and many are calling it the best single issue DC has published in years. 80 pages from one of the best writers of this generation, with an all star lineup of the very best artists that DC has to offer all for $2.99. That’s one hell of a deal, and is worth every penny to see what the rebirth of DC means for comics.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #50
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jason Fabok
Published by DC Comics – $5.99
This is it!! The massive, 48-page conclusion to the critically-acclaimed “DARKSEID WAR” can hardly be contained between two covers! Don’t miss the final fates of the world’s greatest heroes and villains, along with world-changing revelations for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. It doesn’t get bigger than this as DC’s monthly super hero event comic sets the stage for the next year and beyond!
Why It’s Hot: Geoff Johns bids farewell to Justice League with the explosive end of Darkseid War. The stage will be set for DC Universe: Rebirth, and apparently we will finally learn what the Joker’s name is!? Wait? What!? Johns has made this series one of the best that DC has had to offer over the past 5 years on a consistent basis, and the work that he has done with Jason Fabok has been absolutely stunning. This book is as big as a non event superhero comic can get, and this super sized conclusion to the Johns Era will look to go out on top.
LEGACY OF LUTHER STRODE #6
Written by Justin Jordan
Art by Tradd Moore
Published by Image Comics – $3.50
THE LUTHER STRODE SAGA ENDS HERE.
Luther versus Cain.
Why It’s Hot: After four and a half years the Luther Strode Trilogy comes to an end. When The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode was released in October of 2011 creators Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore were little known creators looking to make names for themselves. The ultra violent story of a teenager that got more than he imagined out of a mail order exercise program became that breakout hit. Publishers came calling, and both Jordan and Moore have seen their careers flourish with multiple Big 2 projects for both of them. Now they say goodbye to the series that put them on the map, and I think we can expect the trilogy to go out in Luther Strose style.
Written by David Walker
Art by Ramon Villalobos
Published by Marvel Comics – $3.99
Straight from the pages of SQUADRON SUPREME comes one of the most brutal super heroes of the Marvel Universe. Nighthawk is Chicago’s dark protector, dispensing swift, decisive justice to those that truly deserve it. When the city’s shadiest power brokers turn up murdered in gristly ways, the apparent work of an inventive serial killer, Nighthawk must ask himself, Does this predator deserve to be caught? Who is the killer? What is he after? What does he want from Nighthawk? To answer these questions, Nighthawk must first look in the mirror.
Why It’s Hot: David Walker is one of Marvel’s new star writers, and Nighthawk is part of the new Squadron Supreme that the company has given a big push to. This is a perfect match of creator and project. The series doesn’t feature the Nighthawk most familiar to Marvel fans, but rather the ruthless take on the character from the Supreme Power universe who finds himself on Prime Earth following Secret Wars. Nighthawk aka Kyle Richmond aka Raymond Kane is to Batman what fellow Squadron Supreme member Hyperion is to Superman, and Chicago is his Gotham City. Walker has promised this book to be violent, and push the envelope. Comparisons have been made to the current Punisher series in terms of coming as close to being adults only as possible. I’m excited to see what Walker and Villalobos do with a character that has potential to be a breakout star for the company.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: Batgirl #52, Omega Men #12, Scooby Apocalypse #1, Star Wars #19, Tokyo Ghost #7