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.
Lady Killer vol 1 Trade Paperback
Writer: Jones, Joelle
Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother-but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer! She’s balanced cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American Dream life is in danger! Collects issues #1-#5.
I loved this series from the first issue, and I’m glad to see it come to paperback. If you dig 50s aesthetic, and women who operate as secret agents, you should check this one out.
Writer: Lemire, Jeff
Artist: Lenox, Emi
Cover Artist: Lenox, Emi
A brand-new heartfelt super-hero series by JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Hawkeye) and amazing newcomer EMI LENOX!
This comic is from the perspective of children. Plutona takes place in a world with superheroes. We all know kids are jerks, and Lemire and Lenox capture that feeling. There seems to be a movement to show superheroes in day-to-day living, and I think Plutona will be a great addition to that genre.
AKA Jessica Jones vol 1: Alias Trade Paperback
Writer: Bendis, Brian Michael
Artist: Gaydos, Michael
Cover Artist: Mack, David
Meet Jessica Jones. Once upon a time, she was a costumed super hero – but not a very good one. Her powers were unremarkable compared to the amazing abilities of the costumed icons that populate the Marvel Universe. In a city of Marvels, she never found her niche. The self-destructive would-be Avenger is now the owner and sole employee of Alias Investigations – a small, private-investigative firm specializing in superhuman cases. When she uncovers the potentially explosive secret of one hero’s true identity, Jessica’s life immediately becomes expendable. But her wit, charm and intelligence just may help her survive another day. Thrust into the midst of a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels, has Jessica burned too many bridges to turn to old friends for help? Collecting ALIAS #1-9. Explicit Content
Raise your hand if you are excited about the Jessica Jones series coming to Netflix
*jumps up and down emphatically*
If you haven’t already, check out the comics. This one in particular is for mature readers, so be forewarned. Bendis and Gaydos do such a great job with Jessica, and she has quickly become a Marvel character I’m rooting for.
Sweet Tooth Deluxe Edition Book 1 Hardcover
Writer: Lemire, Jeff
Artist: Lemire, Jeff
Cover Artist: Lemire, Jeff
In issues #1-12 of the acclaimed series by Jeff Lemire, meet Gus, a human/animal hybrid who was raised in isolation after a pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, the death of his father has left him alone – until a drifter named Jepperd promises to help him find a refuge for hybrids.
Another Lemire title, this time one that put him on the map as a comic creator. I don’t know how to explain Sweet Tooth other than it is a series that has the potential to impact you. It gave me that gut feeling, you know the one. The one that pains you, but the last thing you want to do is stop reading. I’m thrilled to add this deluxe hardcover to my collection.
Toil and Trouble #1
Author: Mairghread Scott
Artist: Kelly & Nichole Matthews
Throw out your textbooks, this is not the Macbeth you remember. Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade) and artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews have reinvented Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, but this time the power is in the hands of the three witches. These ladies aren’t all “double, double, toil and trouble.” They’re the power controlling kings and the fate of Scotland.
What It Is: The three fates—Riata, Cait, and Smertae—have always been guiding and protecting Scotland unseen, indirectly controlling the line of kings according to the old religion. When there is a disagreement in the sisterhood, Riata and Smertae will use men as pawns, and Smertae will direct Macbeth to a crown he was never meant to have.
Confession: I have never read Macbeth. But, after reading this comic, I am really interested in reading the original text. It is a beautiful comic, and I’m sure some Shakespeare fans would love 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!