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.

Ei8ht #1

Ei8ht #1
Writer: Albuquerque, Rafael
Artist: Albuquerque, Rafael
Cover Artist: Albuquerque, Rafael
From Previews:
Welcome to the Meld, an inhospitable dimension in time where Joshua, a chrononaut, finds himself trapped. With no memory or feedback from the team of scientists that sent him, he can’t count on anything but his heart and a stranger’s voice to guide him to his destiny.

You might recognize Albuquerque from American Vampire, a fantastic series from Vertigo Comics.  The first issue presents more questions than it answers, but it is a great introduction into the new series.

Batgirl #39

Batgirl 39

Writer: Stewart, Cameron
Artist: Tarr, Babs
Cover Artist: Stewart, Cameron
From Previews:
For months, Batgirl’s been hounded by an unseen threat claiming to be the ‘real’ Batgirl

Uh oh.  Looks like Babs is in some trouble on her home turf!

Criminal Vol. 2: Lawless

Criminal Vol 2
Writer: Brubaker, Ed
Artist: Phillips, Sean
Cover Artist: Phillips, Sean
From Previews:
THE BEST-SELLING CRIME SERIES CONTINUES IN THIS STRIKINGLY-DESIGNED NEW EDITION FROM IMAGE! LAWLESS: A story of brotherly love and hate, as Tracy Lawless finally returns home to find out who murdered his kid brother, and how much their family history has doomed them both. This is where BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS take the world they created in CRIMINAL, VOL. 1 and begin stretching the boundaries of what crime comics can be.

The re-release of this classic crime series is fantastic.  If you enjoy dark crime stories, you definitely need this series on your shelf.

Manifest Destiny #13

Manifest Destiny 13

Writer: Dingess, Chris
Artist: Roberts, Matthew
Cover Artist: Roberts, Matthew
From Previews:
NEW STORY ARC! Venturing deeper into the heartland, the expedition discovers another arch, which can only signal new trouble, while Sacagawea experiences complications with her pregnancy…

Manifest Destiny was a surprise hit for me last year.  This new arc promises more adventure and drama in the new world.

Ms. Marvel #12

Ms Marvel 12

Writer: Wilson, C. Willow
Artist: Miyagawa, Takeshi
Cover Artist: Anka, Kris
From Previews:
* Love is in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives!
* Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the dance, but Ms. Marvel is!
* Well sort of – by crashing it attempting to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster!
* Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day issue featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki!

A Loki and Kamala Valentine’s issue!  This may be a great issue to share with your girlfriends out there who are interested in trying out comics!

Silk #1

Silk 1

Writer: Thompson, Robbie
Artist: Lee, Stacey
Cover Artist: Johnson, Dave
From Previews:
Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by that same radioactive spider in the first arc of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. She then went on to save Peter Parker’s life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as SILK, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV’s Supernatural) fills this new ongoing series with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring stunning covers by Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson and interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee. Rated T

I’m a little apprehensive about this series after the launch of Spider-Woman a few months ago.  However, instead of starting during an event, Silk has the benefit of a fresh start.  If Spider-Woman left you burned, perhaps Silk is the answer to your spider-lady prayers.

Storm Vol.1: Make it Rain

Storm Vol 1

Writer: Pak, Greg
Artist: Ibanez, Victor
Cover Artist: Ibanez, Victor
From Previews:
Thief. Goddess. Headmistress. Queen. The X-Man called Storm has always defied a single title. And her desire to better the world has never been limited to only her own kind. On an ongoing mission to foster goodwill, and safeguard both mankind and mutants, Ororo Munroe will travel the globe – confronting villains, gods, monsters and everything in between. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is Storm, a hero like no other – and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake. But now, Storm must handle the fallout caused by familiar faces from her past. Why is Callisto kidnapping wayward youths from the streets of New York? Will Storm’s romance with Forge be reignited? And can Yukio help Storm deal with the death of Wolverine? Collecting STORM (2014) #1-5.

The first volume of Storm integrates many of the character’s historical elements.  There’s confrontation with her goddess persona, the Morlocks, and her long-time relationship with Wolverine.  If you want to see more comics like Storm, be sure to pick up this first volume!

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!