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.

Gotham Academy #3

Gotham Academy 3
Writer: Cloonan, Becky and Fletcher, Brenden
Artist: Kerschl, Karl
Cover Artist: Kerschl, Karl
From Previews:
If you thought getting detention was a pain, just wait till you see detention Gotham Academy-style!

I am still hyped about this series.  The fun, youthful direction will help this series in the forefront of DC’s mind.

Just the Tips

Just the Tips
Writer: Fraction, Matt
Artist: Zdarsky, Chip
Cover Artist: Zdarsky, Chip
From Previews:
Just in time to come down everybody’s chimneys this holiday season, the creators of SEX CRIMINALS are proud-ish to present JUST THE TIPS: a curated collection of tips, tricks, moves, advice, suggestions, stories, and confessions, how-tos, do’s, don’ts, and do-agains-but-slower-this-times from the unmissable letters column of SEX CRIMINALS, alongside all-new material specially created for this collection only. Finally, a book to teach you how to not be a sex dumby no more. It’s this book.

Oh boy.  If you’ve been reading Sex Criminals, you know the letters column is a work of art.  Well, Image has collected all the letters pages and added a few extras to make this hilarious and poignant collection.  This is a mature title, and more mature readers are appropriate.

Morning Glories Compendium Vol. 1

Writer: Spencer, Nick
Artist: Eisma, Joe
Cover Artist: Esquejo, Rodin
From Previews:
Introducing the first seven volumes of the critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling series, now collected into one massive paperback edition! At over one thousand pages, this epic volume is the perfect introduction to the spellbinding mysteries and deadly secrets of Morning Glory Academy! From the arrival of six brilliant but troubled new students to the time-spanning perils of the Woodrun contest to the violent insurrection of the Truants, this collection offers the most comprehensive exploration yet of the comic often described as ‘Runaways meets Lost.’ Collects MORNING GLORIES #1-38
This is a great way to dive right into this series.  Set in a school with murder and fantasy in the background, Morning Glories is a series that will stick with you.
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1
Angela Asgards Assassin 1
Writer: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Jimenez, Phil
Cover Artist: Hans, Stephanie
From Previews:
* All her life, Angela — the finest warrior of Heven — was raised to hate Asgard with every fiber of her being.
* And now Angela knows the truth about her identity: She is Thor’s sister. She is an Asgardian.
* Cast out of her home and wanting nothing to do with Asgard, Angela must now strike out on her own!
* But what does Angela have that both Asgard and Heven want? And why are they so eager to get it?
* Visionary writers Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett team with the legendary art team of Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans to finally throw the spotlight onto the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous inhabitant!
Ignore, if you will, the crazy, hypersexualized outfit on the main character.  Angela is a great character, and a good companion to see written next to Gamora.  I’m excited to see what her solo series has to offer.
Young Avengers Omnibus
Young Avengers Omnibus
Writer: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Various,
Cover Artist: McKelvie, Jamie
From Previews:
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s groundbreaking, critically acclaimed epic is collected in one oversized volume! The Young Avengers are reinvented for the 21st century as Wiccan, Hulkling and Kate ‘Hawkeye’ Bishop unite with Kid Loki, Marvel Boy, Prodigy and Ms. America. Someone has to save the entire multiverse. They’re someone. No pressure, right? As a cosmic horror emerges from the shadows of the past, the Young Avengers race desperately across dimensions – but once they take on the gig to save reality, they may never be able to go home again! Meanwhile, Kid Loki is up to something. Surprise, I know. Fight scenes! Kissing! Fake IDs! Kissing! Drama! Conflict! Plentiful feels! (a.k.a. ‘meaningful emotional character beats’ for people who aren’t on tumblr.) And oh yeah, nightclubs! Read it! Collecting YOUNG AVENGERS (2013) #1-15 and material from MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.
Even though it seems a little early for this series to be collected as an omnibus, it is worthy of this care and attention.  Gillen and McKelvie are a comics superteam, and Young Avengers is a definitive read for any superhero fan.
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!