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.
Sleepy Hollow #1
Writer: Bennett, Marguerite
Artist: Coelho, Jorge
Cover Artist: Noto, Phil
WHY WE LOVE IT: As fans of the SLEEPY HOLLOW television series (now entering its second season on Fox), we knew we had to make a comic just as haunting, engaging and visually gorgeous as the show itself. Featuring multilayered characters, intense visuals, and creepy storylines, SLEEPY HOLLOW is primed for comics.
I’ve never seen the show, but I am hyped for this comic series. I’ve heard a lot of good things so far, and having Bennett as the writer is enough to get me interested.
Usagi Yojimbo Saga Vol. 1 Trade Paperback
Writer: Sakai, Stan
Artist: Sakai, Stan
Cover Artist: Sakai, Stan
Celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Stan Sakai’s beloved rabbit ronin, Dark Horse proudly presents Miyamoto Usagi’s epic trek along the warrior’s path in a new series of deluxe compilations, beginning with over 600 pages of Usagi’s essential adventures. Collects Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 2 #1-#16 and Vol. 3 #1-#6! Stan Sakai’s series gets the deluxe treatment from Dark Horse! Over 600 pages of samurai action and adventure! o Full-color cover gallery! Usagi Yojimbo has won multiple awards and been published all over the world! Also available in a limited hardcover of 900 signed copies.
Usagi Yojimbo is a comics classic. It’s a bunny that is also a samurai! This is THE place to start if you’ve ever wanted to check out the series. Added bonus, Sakai is the kindest, sweetest man you’ll ever meet.
Batman ’66 Vol. 1 Trade Paperback
Writer: Parker, Jeff
Artist: Case, Jonathan
Cover Artist: Allred, Michael
Put on your go-go boots and get ready to ‘Batusi’ back to the Swingin’ ’60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TV show! In this hardcover collecting issues #1-5 of the hit series, The Dynamic Duo takes on The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, The Penguin, The Mad Hatter, The Joker, and more of the world’s most colorful Bat-villains!
The new Wonder Woman ’77 series was just announced, so let’s show a little love to its predecessor! This is the book to give to your friends who love campy stories and classic Batman antics.
Daredevil: Devil at Bay Trade Paperback
Writer: Waid, Mark
Artist: Samnee, Chris
Cover Artist: Samnee, Chris
Marvel’s fearless hero begins his most awe-inspiring adventure yet in sunny San Francisco! Daredevil has headed West, and he now protects the Golden City’s streets from evil – both as a costumed hero and as blind lawyer Matt Murdock! But big changes are in store for Matt as old haunts and familiar faces rise to give the devil his due. The Owl is back, and he isn’t working alone. But old enemies are small potatoes compared to Matt’s new ‘friend’: the would-be hero known as the Shroud! As one of DD’s oldest enemies is permanently redefined, deadlier than ever, Kirsten and Matt find themselves sharing a volatile secret. But who will crack first? Plus: What killed Foggy Nelson? Also featuring a special look into the future, celebrating DD’s fiftieth anniversary with cryptic hints at what’s to come! Collecting DAREDEVIL (2014) #1-5, #1.50 and #0.1.
This is a great jumping-on place for anyone interested in checking out this Marvel character. Waid and Samnee make a FANTASTIC team, and their run on Daredevil is certainly a classic in the making.
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 Trade Paperback
Writer: Wilson, G. Willow
Artist: Alphona, Adrian
Cover Artist: Pichelli, Sara
Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York! It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (RUNAWAYS)! Collecting MS. MARVEL (2014) #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.
IT’S HERE! Pick one up for yourself, one for your significant other, one for the pesky cousin, one for your best friend, one for your crush… It will make you immensely happy. NO FORMER KNOWLEDGE OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS NEEDED TO ENJOY THIS SERIES.
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!