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.

Lumberjanes #18

Writer: Watters, Shannon
Artist: Nowak, Carolyn
Cover Artist: Nowak, Carolyn

Lumberjanes 18

From Previews:

When April meets two mermaids who used to be friends but are now stuck in a crazy rivalry, she decides to put her friendship repairing skills to the test!

This is a great Lumberjanes issue to jump into and discover why this comic is so amazing. The gang never gets a moment to catch breath, especially when there are merwomyn involved and April has always had dreams of living under the sea…

 

Astro Boy Omnibus vol 1

Writer: Tezuka, Osamu
Artist: Tezuka, Osamu
Cover Artist: Tezuka, Osamu

Astro Boy om 1

From Previews:

Built by a brilliant scientist to replace his lost son, but with powers beyond imagination, Astro Boy fights for the oppressed and helpless-human, alien, or robot. Created by Osamu Tezuka, ‘Japan’s Walt Disney,’ Astro Boy is action-packed, classic fun for all ages, now featured in value-priced omnibus editions!

What’s really important about this omnibus is the fact that Dark Horse has brought to English-speaking audiences Tezuka’s original manga. Previously, what’s been available have been manga about Astro Boy written by people other than Tezuka. This omnibus is over 650 pages of the manga with updated translations.

 

Heart in a Box

Writer: Thompson, Kelly
Artist: McClaren, Meredith
Cover Artist: McClaren, Meredith

Heart in a Box

From Previews:

In a moment of post-heartbreak weakness, Emma wishes her heart away and a mysterious stranger obliges. But emptiness is even worse than grief, and Emma sets out to collect the seven pieces of her heart, in a journey that forces her to face her own history and the cost of recapturing it!

I could not put this book down. I became completely invested in Emma’s story, and the pacing of the book overall is well done. On top of that, the artwork is creative and memorable. Perfect example of an indie graphic novel.

 

Tokyo Ghost #1

Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Murphy, Sean
Cover Artist: Murphy, Sean

Tokyo Ghost 1

From Previews:

The Isles of Los Angeles 2089: Humanity is addicted to technology, a population of unemployed leisure seekers blissfully distracted from toxic contamination, who borrow, steal, and kill to buy their next digital fix. Getting a virtual buzz is the only thing left to live for. It’s the biggest industry, the only industry, the drug everyone needs, and gangsters run it all. And who do these gangsters turn to when they need their rule enforced? Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay. This duo is about to be given a job that will force them out of the familiar squalor of Los Angeles to take down the last tech-less country on Earth: The Garden Nation of Tokyo. Bestselling writer RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS) and superstar art team SEAN MURPHY (CHRONONAUTS, Punk Rock Jesus) and MATT HOLLINGSWORTH (WYTCHES, Hawkeye) examine our growing addiction to technology while thirsting for a nature we continue to destroy.

I’m not entirely sure what I read. I’m not even sure if I liked it. BUT I do like Remender’s work, and Murphy has always been a draw to a book for me. This is a 3-issue trial comic for me; I’m hoping things clear up after I read it a few times and get deeper into the story.

 

Awake #1

Writer: Beneville, Susan
Artist: Hess, Brian
Cover Artist: Hess, Brian

Awake 1

From Previews:

Twelve year-old Regn has the power to wake and heal planets. But, on her first mission, she lands on Gremon where she discovers an angry planet tearing itself apart, an irresponsible big brother, and a greedy baron who stokes the chaos for his own benefit. Her power may not be enough when she comes face-to-face with the planet’s consciousness. Variant cover by Dan Schoening, limited to 2000 copies.

Rough introduction to a new series, but there is a lot of promise here. Great for kids and people who dig all-ages comics featuring female characters. I’m excited to see how the first arc plays out.

 

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!