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.
The Woods Vol. 1 Trade Paperback
Writer: TynionIV, James
Artist: Dialynas, Michael
Cover Artist: Dialynas, Michael
WHY WE LOVE IT: As fans of James Tynion IV’s work in the Batman universe (BATMAN ETERNAL, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS), we were eager to publish his first original comic series. THE WOODS gives us that same eerie, smalltown horror feel we get whenever we read a Stephen King novel. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: James Tynion IV is a former protege of BATMAN writer Scott Snyder, so you know he’s learned a lot about how to craft a compelling tale. If you’re fan of teen conspiracy comics like Morning Glories, Sheltered, and Revival, you’ll immediately be sucked into THE WOODS. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine. Collects issues #1-4 of the critically acclaimed series.
This series is great so far! Imagination, high-stakes, and compelling dialogue. If you’re curious, pick up the first trade!
Aw Yeah Comics Vol. 1 Trade Paperback
Writer: Baltazar, Art
Artist: Baltazar, Art
Cover Artist: Baltazar, Art
It’s up to Action Cat and Adventure Bug to stop the bad guys! Follow these amazing superheroes created by Art Baltazar and Franco in this EPIC ALL-AGES comic extravaganza!!! With BONUS stories from the AW YEAH BULLPEN . . . Scoot McMahon, Denver Brubaker, Alejandro Rosado, and Kurt Wood! Collects issues #1-#4. o ALL collected for the first time in this handsome Dark Horse trade paperback! An epic all-ages extravaganza! From Itty Bitty Hellboy creators Art Baltazar and Franco! The kickstarter blockbuster offered at last!
I’m a sucker for all-ages comics, especially the books Art Baltazar and Franco put out. If you’ve got a youngin’ in your life (or are young at heart), pick up this book!
Furious Vol. 1 Trade Paperback
Writer: Glass, Bryan J. L.
Artist: Santos, Victor
Cover Artist: Santos, Victor
Staring into a fractured mirror of her life, the world’s first superhero, Furious, seeks to atone for her past sins by doling out rage-fueled justice! But the spotlight of our celebrity-obsessed media threatens to undo her noblest efforts and expose her true identity before she can achieve redemption. Collects Furious #1-#5 and an eight-page short story from Dark Horse Presents #31. ‘Glass and Santos’ creation is very much a superhero for our time.’-Comic Book Resources ‘A visual treat . . . filled to the brim with awesome artwork.’-IGN
One of my buddies recommended this series to me, so I’m recommending it to you. Let me know what you think of it in the comments!
Black Widow #10
Writer: Edmondson, Nathan
Artist: Noto, Phil
Cover Artist: Noto, Phil
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All you Black Widow and Hawkeye ‘shippers should pick up this issue. Personally, I believe that James Buchannan Barnes and Natasha Romanov belong 2gether4ever.
Writer: Shanower, Eric
Artist: Young, Skottie
Cover Artist: Young, Skottie
L. Frank Baum’s magical world of Oz comes to life like never before, courtesy of the Eisner Award-winning team of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young! Join Kansas farmgirl Dorothy (and her little dog Toto), Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, Glinda the Good Witch, young Tip, Jack Pumpkinhead, Sawhorse, Queen Ozma, Button-Bright and more – and don’t forget the Wonderful Wizard of Oz himself – as they explore the marvelous land of Oz; travel the Yellow Brick Road; and defend the Emerald City against the Wicked Witch of the West, Mombi, Jinjur, the evil Nome King and more! Collecting WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #1-8, MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ #1-8, OZMA OF OZ #1-8, DOROTHY & THE WIZARD IN OZ #1-8, ROAD TO OZ #1-6, EMERALD CITY OF OZ #1-5, MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: WIZARD OF OZ SKETCHBOOK and OZ PRIMER.
I’m so excited that they collected all of this universe in one omnibus. Marvel does a killer job on their omnibi, and this collection should be no different. This is for the hardcore Wizard of Oz fans (and anyone who’s interested in this fascinating world!).
Uncanny X-Men #25
Writer: Bendis, Brian Michael
Artist: Bachalo, Chris
Cover Artist: Bachalo, Chris
ORIGINAL SIN tie-in!
* Xavier’s greatest secret has been revealed!
* Against such overwhelming power, will the X-Men succeed in holding the line?
* Or will Xavier’s final “gift” to his children be their undoing.
Ugh. I said I wouldn’t get caught up in this crossover. But the All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men stories are getting to me. WHAT’S IN THAT WILL?!?!
Dawn of the Arcana Vol. 13
Writer: Toma, Rei
Artist: Toma, Rei
Cover Artist: Toma, Rei
Princess Nakaba of Senan and Prince Caesar of Belquat only married each other for the sake of peace between their two warring countries, but the two grow to care deeply for each other over time. Just when it looks like Nakaba and Caesar can finally unite Senan and Belquat, however, Nakaba’s beloved attendant Loki asks that she hand Senan over to him! Will Nakaba give in to Loki’s demands? And what life-changing secret will Nakaba’s Arcana of Time power reveal during the height of her distress?
Ok, ok, this isn’t a great volume to recommend to new readers. But I do want to take a minute to recommend the title to readers interested in a manga fantasy shojo series. Now that it’s complete, you can binge read the entire thing!
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!