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 for the week in the comic market!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Olivier Coipel & Giuseppe Camuncoli
Published by Marvel Comics – $4.99
SPIDER-VERSE BEGINS HERE!
• Superstar artist OLIVIER COIPEL (THOR, SIEGE, HOUSE OF M) joins DAN SLOTT to bring you the biggest spider-event ever!
• When a force of evil threatens spider-characters throughout the multiverse, EVERY SPIDER-MAN EVER is needed to save the day!
Why It’s Hot: After months of build-up, and prequel minis, and the introduction of Spider-Gwen the long awaited Spider-Verse is here. The biggest Spider-Man event in years is upon us, and Marvel is bringing out the big guns. Long time Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott is joined by one of the biggest, best, most awesome artists in the industry as Olivier Coipel helps kicks the event off. Slott + Coipel + EVERY SPIDER-MAN across the multiverse = MUST READ.
THE GHOST FLEET #1
Written by Donny Cates
Art by Dan Johnson
Published by Dark Horse Comics – $3.99
For the world’s most valuable, dangerous, or secretive cargo, you don’t call just any trucking service . . . You call THE GHOST FLEET. When one of the world’s most elite combat-trained truckers takes a forbidden peek at his payload, he uncovers a conspiracy that will change his life forever! A new series of badass action on the open road begins here!
• From the critically acclaimed writer of Buzzkill!
Why It’s Hot: Writer Donny Cates stormed onto the scene with this amazing miniseries, Buzzkill. Well now one of the hottest young talents in comics is back with a brand new series in The Ghost Fleet. Cates came out of nowhere with his previous work, but now the anticipation and expectations are high. With a artistic team joining him that could make almost anything look good, every indication is pointing towards The Ghost Fleet being a winner, and the next step towards superstardom for Donny Cates.
GOTHAM ACADEMY #2
Written by Becky Cloonan &’Brendan Fletcher
Art by Karl Kerschl
Published by DC Comics – $2.99
Olive joins the creepy Order of the Bat as an afterschool activity, and we learn more about her secret past!
Why It’s Hot: The first issue of Gotham Academy fired on all cylinders and instantly became one of the most beloved new DC launches in recent memory. This is an all-ages book with ties to the Batman mythos, and characters you’ll fall for instantly. To top it off the book features a stellar creative team at the top of their game. This is the type of book fans on the internet constantly clamor for, and now that it’s here we need to make sure to support it.
THE HUMANS #1
Written by Keenan Marshall Keller
Art by Tom Neely
Published by Image Comics – $2.99
Apart, they are nothing…deemed by society as outcasts, misfits, losers, no good punks! But together, they are THE HUMANS! The HUMANS is a high-octane, no-holds-barred, ape-biker-gang chopper ride into ’70s exploitation genre bliss. Follow Bobby, Johnny, and all The HUMANS as they fight and fly down the road to oblivion on a ride filled with chains, sex, leather, denim, hair, blood, bananas, and chrome.
Why It’s Hot: Another solid Image launch that can be best described as The Warriors meets Sons of Anarchy wrapped up in the trappings of the exploitation genre. Taking place in 1970s Bakersfield, California, The Humans are a biker gang full of apes. Yes, a bunch of 1970s motorcycle riding apes. How can this be anything but awesome?
TOOTH & CLAW #1
Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Benjamin Dewey
Published by Image Comics – $2.99
MARVELS and ASTRO CITY writer KURT BUSIEK returns to Image Comics with rising-star artist BEN DEWEY for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! Conan meets Game of Thrones meets Kamandi in an original high-fantasy epic for mature readers, as a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion back through time to save the world, with disastrous consequences. The action begins in a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE, with forty-eight pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99!
Why It’s Hot: Kurt Busiek is one of the great writers of the past twenty-five years. He has written all of the greats from Avengers to Superman. His Astro City is one of the longest, most celebrated creator owned titles in the industry. Now the veteran writer brings is joined by artist Benjamin Dewey and color artist extraordinaire Jordie Bellaire as they bring theIr newest book, Tooth & Claw to Image Comics. Busiek’s to Image for the first time in over a decade combined with a stellar fantasy concept, and a double sized first issue makes this book one you want to keep an eye out on. Check out our 10/10 review if you need more proof.