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.

Arcadia #1

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Writer: Paknadel, Alex
Artist: Pfeiffer, Eric Scott
Cover Artist: Taylor, Matt

WHAT’S TO LOVE: Our long tradition of breaking new talent-like Rafael Albuquerque (The Savage Brothers, American Vampire), Emma Rios (Hexed, Pretty Deadly), and Declan Shalvey (28 Days Later, Moon Knight) – continues with the debut of Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer, two new creators whose extensive world-building in the sci-fi thriller Arcadia evokes comparisons to epics like Game of Thrones, The Matrix, and Astro City. WHAT IT IS: When 99% of humankind is wiped out by a pandemic, four billion people are ‘saved’ by being digitized at the brink of death and uploaded into Arcadia, a utopian simulation in the cloud. But when Arcadia begins to rapidly deplete the energy resources upon which the handful of survivors in the real world (a.k.a. ‘The Meat’) depends, how long will The Meat be able – and willing – to help? Featuring the first of five connecting covers by Matt Taylor.

First issue is amazing! I love the world building in it, and the pacing is just right for the introduction of a series. Spot on, looking forward to more from this series.

 

Rat Queens Vol 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth

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Writer: Wiebe, Kurtis J.
Artist: Upchurch, Roc
Cover Artist: Upchurch, Roc

Featuring cut-out RAT QUEENS VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS! This booze-soaked second volume of RAT QUEENS reveals a growing menace within the very walls of Palisade. And while Dee may have run from her past, the bloated, blood-feasting sky god N’rygoth never really lets his children stray too far. Collects RAT QUEENS #6-10

The next chapter of Rat Queens is out! Time to roll up your sleeves and read up on our girls’ adventures.

 

Rocket Girl #6

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Writer: Montclare, Brandon
Artist: Reeder, Amy
Cover Artist: Reeder, Amy

‘SPLIT SECOND’ Rocket Girl returns for a second time-travelling story arc! In 1986 NYC, DaYoung Johansson vowed to hang up her helmet and jetpack-now there’s no one’s left to right the city’s wrongs. And what could possibly be happening in the time-travelling 2014 that shouldn’t exist at all?

New arc! I haven’t read Rocket Girl in a looong time, so it took a bit to get my memory jogged for this issue. I recommend picking up or rereading the first arc to get the full story. Regardless, this is a great issue and good reminder of just how amazing Montclare and Reeder are.

As a bonus, we have a preview of this issue thanks to the good folks over at Image Comics!  Enjoy :-]

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Secret Wars #1

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W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Esad Ribic (CA) Alex Ross

* THE FINAL INCURSION IS HAPPENING!
* THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS COLLIDING WITH THE ULTIMATE UNIVERSE!
* AND NEITHER WILL SURVIVE!

I have no idea what to think about this event. I thought about skipping it, but it seems too big to ignore if I continue to read my regular Marvel books. I’ll be checking this issue out to see what all the fuss is about.

 

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5

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Writer: North, Ryan
Artist: Henderson, Erica
Cover Artist: Henderson, Erica

* The breakout character of 2015 continues her one-woman crusade against injustice and jerks in this standalone issue, a perfect jumping-on point for new readers!
* These TAILS of the Squirrel Girl will show you the Marvel Universe’s most powerful super hero from a bunch of brand-new perspectives, several of them QUITE ASTONISHING.
* This comic is actually a bunch of minicomics in one, giving it definitely the #1 most-comics-per-actual-physical-comic value in stores today!!

Doreen is here to KICK BUTT AND EAT NUTS. And she’s all out of nuts. If you haven’t fallen in love with her yet, this issue is a great place to find out just how cool she is.

 

Princeless vol. 3: The Pirate Princess

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Writer: Whitley, Jeremy
Artist: Higgins, Rosy
Cover Artist: Higgins, Rosy

The complete collected edition of Princeless: The Pirate Princess. Adrienne has been on the run and working to save her sisters, but when she finds another princess locked away in a tower, she decides to spring her! But Raven Xingtao, the daughter of the Pirate King, is more of a handful that Adrienne could have ever expected. Before she knows it, Adrienne is off on a whirlwind adventure to complete Raven’s quest for revenge!

I cannot recommend Princeless enough to every reader. Great for all ages, lots of positive female messages, and DIVERSITY. Support comics you want to see more of on the shelves!

 

 

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!