HOT FIVE: Week of November 28, 2012

Every week, Comicosity will be bringing 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.

FF #1
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Mike Allred
Published by Marvel Comics — $2.99

We have seen the future and it will be fantastic! In the absence of the Fantastic Four, a substitute Four, hand-picked by the real deal–Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk and Miss Thing–stand ready to guard the Earth and the nascent Future Foundation for four minutes… NOW! what could possibly go wrong?

Why It’s Hot: Three leading ladies, including the Sensational She-Hulk? Check. Gorgeous art by Mike Allred? Check. More Fantastic Family Fun from the writer of Fantastic Four? Check and mate! The newest relaunch under Marvel NOW, FF could just be the sleeper hit of the fall. Do not miss out.

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Written by Katie Cook
Art by Andy Price
Published by IDW Publishing — $3.99

Welcome to Ponyville, home of Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, and all your other favorite Ponies! Something’s not right in the town though, as some of the inhabitants are acting very, very strange! It’s up to the Mane Six to find the source of the weirdness before it’s too late!

Why It’s Hot: Admit it. Everything from the 80s is cool, and My Little Pony is no exception. Whether you buy this issue for your daughter, niece or little sister — or just jump on the brony-wagon yourself — this book is assured to turn a lot of heads in comic shops this week. With sales expected to be over 100,000 for the first issue, you’re going to want to check this one out.

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

Return to the future world seen in BATMAN #666, where Damian has taken over the mantle of the Bat! The whole world has gone mad. The only sane people left are in Arkham Asylum – where Batman is the warden!

Why It’s Hot: Fans have steadily grown to love Damian Wayne, Batman’s maniacally endearing ten year-old son. From his partnership with Dick Grayson to his rivalry with Tim Drake, we’ve seen glimpses of Damian’s dark side. But nothing compares to the (Bat)man he’s destined to be. Grant Morrison takes us back to the future once again to see what becomes of Bruce’s youngest son, Gotham City, and the entire Bat family.

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Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Alex Ross
Published by Dynamite Comics — $3.99

Starring The Shadow, The Green Hornet, Kato, and The Spider, in a story that only Dynamite could tell! Before superheroes, there were Masks!  They’ve always said it can’t happen here… but what if it did? It’s 1938, and the Justice Party has swept into office in New York State. But the newly-elected officials are in the control of powerful criminals, who quickly corrupt the law to their own advantage. When a fascist police state is instituted, the only ones who stand in defense of the innocent are masked vigilantes like the Shadow, the Green Hornet, Kato, and the Spider. Also, look forward to future appearances of Black Bat, Miss Fury, Black Terror, Green Lama and more!

Why It’s Hot: How often do we get a new book chock full of gorgeous Alex Ross art? And starring some of the most famous super-heroes in history not to grace the halls of the Big Two publishers? Masks builds on the success of Dynamite’s recent solo book launches for these characters, so if you are enjoying The Shadow or The Spider from Dynamite Comics, this is the book for you!

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Written by Eric Stephenson
Art by Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellair
Published by Image Comics — $2.99

“SCIENCE IS THE NEW ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.” So said Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange and Thomas Walker at the dawn of a new age of enlightenment that ushered in a boom in scientific advancement. As the research supergroup World Corp., they became the most celebrated scientists of all time. They changed the world – and we loved them for it. But where did it all go wrong? And when progress is made at any and all cost, who ultimately pays the price?

Why It’s Hot: Publisher Eric Stephenson kicks off a brand new creator-owned series all his own with The Nowhere Men, the latest in Image Comics’ host of launches in 2012. Following a year of massive success and huge creative growth, Stephenson is ready to join the ranks. What if the Beatles were scientists and changed the world with their inventions instead? And what could they do to make us stop loving them? Find out here!

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