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.

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1

Writer: Hesse, Tyson
Artist: Hesse, Tyson
Cover Artist: Hesse, Tyson

Diesel 1

From Previews:

What’s to Love: We’ve been big fans of Tyson Hesse ever since we first discovered his webcomic Boxer Hockey. After cover stints on Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, we put him to the test with the tricky mixed-media art style of The Amazing World of Gumball and he just crushed it. Now, we’re excited to be working with him on his first original series, a coming-of-age story with a cool fantasy airship twist that fans of Tank Girl, Rocket Girl, or Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle are sure to enjoy! What It Is: Diandra Diesel isn’t very good at anything. The daughter of the late Tungston Diesel, she has yet to live up to her father’s great reputation. Her childhood rival has inherited control of her family’s airship and left Diandra the only job she’s qualified for: picking up the trash. But all that changes when a mysterious flying engine crashes into Diesel’s life and takes her on a journey through the skies.

Dee Diesel is a likeable character who has a tendency to get in over her head. This first issue does a great job setting up the world and introducing layers of conflict. As far as first issues go, this one is stellar.

Gotham Academy #10

Writer: Cloonan, Becky; Fletcher, Brenden
Artist: Kerschl, Karl
Cover Artist: Kerschl, Karl

Gotham Academy 10

From Previews:

‘Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!’ To investigate a suspicious student, Olive and the gang join the school production of Macbeth! But is the play haunted?

Classic Batman villain shows up in this issue! Plus, didn’t we just have a Macbeth reference last week? It’s like the universe is trying to tell me something…

Chrononauts vol 1

Writer: Millar, Mark
Artist: Murphy, Sean
Cover Artist: Murphy, Sean

Chrononauts_vol1-1

From Previews:

SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $9.99! Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are time travelers whose plans go off-course, leading to wild adventures in the time-stream. Collects CHRONONAUTS #1-4

I really enjoyed reading this series, and I’m pumped to see what the trade offers. Plus, revisiting a series after you finish an arc is always satisfying.

Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1

Writer: Rucka, Greg
Artist: Checchetto, Marco
Cover Artist: Noto, Phil

Shattered Empire

From Previews:

For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (PUNISHER, WOLVERINE, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.

What’s that? The sound of my little Star Wars geek heart flipping out? I barely pulled myself together after Force Friday, and here is a new Star Wars comic. By Greg Rucka!

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!