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.

Batgirl #36

Batgirl 36

Writer: Stewart, Cameron
Artist: Tarr, Babs
Cover Artist: Stewart, Cameron

From Previews:

Batgirl’s new life is off to a rousing start when her first day of graduate school is interrupted – by twin sister assassins on motorcycles!

This book gets my vote for most fun book this week. Last month’s debut of the new creative team was phenomenal. They follow it up this week with an homage to stylized anime violence, graduate school pangs, and brilliant Barbara.

Drifter #1

Drifter 1

Writer: Brandon, Ivan
Artist: Klein, Nic
Cover Artist: Klein, Nic

From Previews:

FROM THE CREATORS OF VIKING: Writer IVAN BRANDON (Wolverine, Men of War) and artist NIC KLEIN (Captain America, Thor) reunite to bring you a sci-fi ONGOING SERIES joining the dark revenge themes of Unforgiven with the mind-bending sci-fi universe-building of Dune. In its frantic rush to survive itself, mankind has spread across the universe, colonizing and strip-mining countless planets. Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap. What starts as a struggle for survival quickly becomes a journey to the very edges of what it means to be human.

Haven’t had a chance to read this issue yet, but the hard science-fiction slant it boasts has definitely got me intrigued. Plus, it sounds vaguely like Firefly in the mix of space and westerns…

Shutter Vol. 1: Wanderlust

Shutter Vol 1

Writer: Keatinge, Joe
Artist: Del Duca, Leila
Cover Artist: Del Duca, Leila

From Previews:

SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE! JOE KEATINGE (GLORY, TECH JACKET, Adventures of Superman) teams up with artist extraordinaire LEILA DEL DUCA for her Image Comics debut in the very first collection of their all-new ongoing series combining the urban fantasy of Fables and the globe-spanning adventure of Y: The Last Man. Kate Kristopher, once the most famous explorer of an Earth far more fantastic than the one we know, is forced to return to the adventurous life she left behind when a family secret threatens to destroy everything she spent her life protecting. Collects SHUTTER #1-6

I read the first few issues of this series, and, now that it’s collected, I’m ready to catch up and get back onboard. Female POC as the lead character? Surely worth your time checking out!

The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act

The Wicked and Divine Vol. 1

Writer: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: McKelvie, Jamie
Cover Artist: McKelvie, Jamie

From Previews:

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5

If there is one comic series you need to check out this year, it’s The Wicked + The Divine. Gillen and McKelvie are a top-notch team, and everything they touch turns to gold. Their latest original series is no exception. Big time recommendation here, people. Best suited for an older teen audience.

All-New Captain America #1

All New Cap America 1

Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Immonen, Stuart
Cover Artist: Immonen, Stuart

From Previews:

* This is it! The all-new, Spy-Fi, highflying adventures of Sam Wilson Captain America and Nomad begin here!
* Hydra is growing, the terrorist band have has infiltrated the Marvel Universe completely! But what is their ultimate goal?
* United by Hydra, Cap’s rogue’s gallery gathers to take down the new untested Captain America and Nomad!

Surely you’ve heard the hype about Falcon replacing Steve now that he’s old. Well, here’s the debut issue! I’m interested in how Sam is going to handle the new identity and the large, heavy legacy behind it. Here’s hoping for a successful run with Sam as Cap!

Superior Iron Man #1

Superior Iron Man 1

Writer: Taylor, Tom
Artist: Cinar, Yildiray
Cover Artist: Choi, Mike

From Previews:

Be Superior! How much would you pay for perfection? Beauty? Immortality? Tony Stark knows, and he’s ready to give it to you in SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1! But at a terrible price. Spinning out of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the old Tony Stark is back, only this time he’s SUPERIOR! More stylish, more confident, and more cunning than ever before. And he’s ready to lead you into the future! San Francisco is about to become the prototype for his new world concept. The first step? Release Extremis upon the entire city! Only Daredevil isn’t down with Stark’s new vision of the future. Does the Man Without Fear have a place in the city of tomorrow? A bold new direction for the Armored Avenger begins this November from the all-new creative team of Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth 2) and Yildray Cinar (Supergirl)! BE SUPERIOR! NEW CREATIVE TEAM TOM (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US/EARTH 2) Taylor AND YILDIRAY (SUPERGIRL)

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been following Iron Man at all. Axis isn’t interesting to me. Avengers can get too convoluted. I can’t say with confidence if this particular issue is a great one for new readers, but there’s nothing wrong with stepping out and trying. I’ll be giving this issue a go, so I’m interested in hearing y’alls thoughts on it!

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!