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.

Munchkin #1

Munchkin 1

Writer: Siddell, Tom
Artist: Holmes, Mike
Cover Artist: McGinty, Ian
From Previews:
WHY WE LOVE IT: As longtime fans of the game, we’re jazzed to weave stories out of the world of Munchkin, whether it’s from the perspective of one Munchkin, a gang of them, or even one of the monsters that live behind the doors!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Kick open the door. Kill the monster. Steal the treasure. Screw over everybody you come in contact with. Welcome to the world of Munchkin, a gathering of stories based on the popular game series. It’s a laugh a minute, pal. Plus, every first printing of every issue will ship with an exclusive card for the game.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Based on the immensely popular card game, Munchkin comes to comics! Munchkin takes place in a very flexible mashup of genres. Originally a satire of fantasy roleplaying, it has since then taken on nonfantasy and non-gaming elements. Characters in Munchkin change constantly but never permanently. What do Munchkins do? They play for the win. They are rules lawyers. They backstab. They gloat. They whine when someone else backstabs or gloats. Munchkins are emotional. Munchkins may be clever, but they are never wise. Munchkins have short attention spans. Munchkins may be brave in the face of awful odds, but they are even braver when beating up crippled goblins for their lunch money. If a Munchkin seems to show mercy, it’s because he was bored or distracted. After all, even stomping an ant helps you level up.

If you’ve played the Munchkin card game, you already know the type of humor in this new series.  Right off the bat, Siddle and crew capture the spirit of the game.  For those of you who haven’t played Munchkin (really?  let’s change that!), the DnD satire is still immensely enjoyable and worth checking out.

Gotham Academy #4

Gotham Academy 4

Writer: Cloonan, Becky
Artist: Kerschl, Karl
Cover Artist: Kerschl, Karl
From Previews:
The hunt for the Ghost of Gotham Academy begins!

This series continues to be one of my favorites from DC right now (the other is Batgirl, FYI).  I don’t usually urge readers to jump in mid-arc, but this is one series you’ll want to start grabbing.  The characters are lovable, weird, and youthful.  Gotham Academy is the perfect remedy for the grimdark feel the DC universe currently has.

Bitch Planet #2

Bitch Planet 2

Writer: DeConnick, Kelly Sue
Artist: Landro, Valentine De
Cover Artist: Landro, Valentine De
From Previews:
Now framed for murder INSIDE the prison, Kam is offered leniency if she’ll train her crew for a death sport bout against a visiting team of male prisoners. From 2014 Best Writer Eisner nominee KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DeLANDRO (X-Factor) with colorist CRIS PETER (CASANOVA).

Aw yeah, Bitch Planet is back for the second issue!  Pick up if you like feminism, prison stories, and science fiction.  Things are starting to look up for the female prisoners when Kam is made an offer she’d be crazy to take.  It’s possible she and the other inmates are just insane enough to consider it…

Outcast Vol. 1

Outcast Vol 1

Writer: Kirkman, Robert
Artist: Azaceta, Paul
Cover Artist: Azaceta, Paul
From Previews:
NEW HORROR SERIES FROM THE WALKING DEAD CREATOR, ROBERT KIRKMAN! Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it. Collects OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #1-6

This is a great, creepy comic.  Sure, if you like The Walking Dead you’ll love this book.  But it’s got a much, much darker feel to it.  Steer clear if you are thoroughly frightened of demonic possessions.

Thor #4

Thor 4

Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
From Previews:
* The Odinson is back. And he clearly doesn’t like that someone else is holding his hammer. You know what that means, right?
* THOR VS. THOR!!!

YESSSSS!  I am 100% here for what Jason Aaron is doing with the God of Thunder.  Thor has never been so interesting to me as she is now in this incarnation.  Pick it up, ladies!

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!