I’ve always been of the opinion that there’s a great comic book out there for everyone. I love making recommendations to folks – especially new readers – and helping them grow a love for one of America’s unique forms of literature.

So, let me tell you what to read this week.

Oddly Normal Vol. 1

Oddly Normal Vol 1

Writer: Frampton, Otis
Artist: Frampton, Otis
Cover Artist: Frampton, Otis
From Previews:
Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair-a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn’t make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake’s candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents’ disappearance. Join Oddly as she navigates a strange new school, monstrous bullies, and Evil itself on an unforgettable fantasy adventure through the vibrant world of Fignation in ODDLY NORMAL.

Definitely one of the cutest all-ages books to come out in 2014.  Oddly is accessible and likable, and the book itself is gorgeous.

Southern Cross #1

Southern Cross 1

Writer: Cloonan, Becky
Artist: Belanger, Andy
Cover Artist: Cloonan, Becky
From Previews:
NOW BOARDING: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to TITAN! Alex Braith is on board retracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though-how did her sister die? Where did her cabin mate disappear to? Who is that creep across the hall? And why does she always feel like she’s being watched? Inspired by classic mysteries and weird fiction, SOUTHERN CROSS is a crucible of creeping anxiety and fear as Braith struggles with the ghosts of her past on board a ship that holds secrets best kept buried.

Becky Cloonan is on a roll!  She’s set up an interesting world in this first issue.  Everything is dark and creepy, and I left this issue wanting to know more about Titan and what is going on there.

Surface #1

The Surface 1

Writer: Kot, Ales
Artist: Foss, Langdon
Cover Artist: Foss, Langdon
From Previews:
What would happen if Moebius and District 9 had a baby? Maybe THE SURFACE! Welcome to Africa. Ebola is no longer a problem. The West and the East are moving in-and three hacker lovers are searching Tanzania for the place that can change everything: THE SURFACE! The first issue of a mind-bending action SF epic drawn by the esteemed LANGDON FOSS (Get Jiro!, Winter Soldier) and colored by the Eisner-winning JORDIE BELLAIRE (everything)!

Surface is going to be one of those series that’s trippy and takes some time to get everything figured out.  One thing for sure: the artwork is gorgeous.

Howard the Duck #1

Howard the Duck 1

Writer: Zdarsky, Chip
Artist: Quinones, Joe
Cover Artist: Quinones, Joe
From Previews:
* HOT off the pages of the … the post-credits scene at the … the end of a … popular movie … HOWARD THE DUCK is back! Join him as he takes on the weird cases that only a talking duck can crack as the Marvel Universe’s resident private investigator!
* Let Sex Criminals’ CHIP ZDARSKY (a writer known mostly as an artist) and JOE QUINONES (an artist known mostly as a lover) guide you through his new world as he takes on THE BLACK CAT and MYSTERIOUS FORCES FROM OUTER SPACE!
* WAUGH!

Zdarsky and Quinones on a Howard the Duck series?  No, you are not dreaming.  Pick up if you like comedy and ridiculous ducks.

That’s it for this week’s pull list! If you have any recommendations for comic fans (and non-fans) out there, share them in the comments section!