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.

Veil Hardcover

Veil Hardcover

Writer: Rucka, Greg
Artist: Fejzula, Toni
Cover Artist: Fejzula, Toni

From Previews:

Passions run high when a beautiful woman wanders out of an abandoned subway tunnel. With no memory of who she is or how she got there, Veil must figure out who to trust and what she is-an object of desire or a force to be reckoned with-as her past is revealed. Collects Veil #1-#5. o From Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka (Whiteout, Stumptown, Queen & Country, Gotham Central)! ‘This is one mystery that is not to be missed.’-IGN ‘Veil will haunt readers for days to come.’-Comic Book Resources

I was able to check out the first issue in this series. Beautiful artwork with a provocative story, Veil is a great trade to kick off the new year.

 

Batgirl #38

Batgirl 38

Writer: Stewart, Cameron; Fletcher, Brenden
Artist: Tarr, Babs

Cover Artist: Stewart, Cameron

From Previews:

Things are going surprisingly well in Batgirl’s new life! But nothing good ever lasts long in Gotham City – and the other yellow boot is about to drop…hard!

The Batgirl of Burnside is a great new take on Barbara Gordon. Stewart and Fletcher are doing a fantastic job leaving their mark on the iconic character.

 

Henshin

Henshin GN

 

Writer: Niimura, Ken
Artist: Niimura, Ken
Cover Artist: Niimura, Ken

From Previews:

I KILL GIANTS co-creator KEN NIIMURA (International Manga Award winner and Eisner nominee) brings a unique vision of life in Japan to the page in HENSHIN. The lives of a kid with peculiar superpowers, a lonely girl discovering herself in the big city, and a businessman on a long night out are some of the short stories included in this collection that will make you laugh, and even maybe shed a tear. Explore Tokyo as you’ve never seen it before under NIIMURA’s masterful and imaginative storytelling, printed here for the first time in English.

So excited to read this graphic novel, especially since it’s a short story collection.

 

Rat Queens #11

Rat Queens 11

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

From Previews:

‘BRAGA: THE ONCE PRINCE, NOW BASTARD’ Before joining the Peaches, Braga was destined to become the greatest leader of her people. But a life changing decision proved too controversial for even her most devout followers. A former life paved on the bodies of her enemies left behind…what choice was worth losing everything? Featuring guest artist TESS FOWLER! Special incentive cover by regular artist ROC UPCHURCH!

New Rat Queens! Braga is one of the coolest background characters, and I can’t wait to learn more about her background!

 

Captain Marvel #11

Captain Marvel 11

Writer: DeConnick, Kelly Sue
Artist: Lopez, David
Cover Artist: Lopez, David

From Previews:

* Christmas comes to the Carol Corps!
* You could even say this will be a CHRISTMAS CAROL.
* That’s a hint, guys.

A little late for Christmas, but the sentiment will still be well received. Carol is a very nuanced character, and this story is likely to make me cry.

 

Star Wars #1

Star Wars 1

Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Cassaday, John
Cover Artist: Cassaday, John

From Previews:

THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO MARVEL! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet-the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it!

This is one of my most anticipated series this year, and it’s coming out in the first week! Brian Wood’s Star Wars series that ended recently opened my eyes to the expanded universe and all it has to offer. Marvel’s adoption of the franchise will likely be a huge turning point in Star Wars comics.

 

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!