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.

Star Wars #14

Star Wars #14

Writer: Wood, Brian
Artist: Percio, Facundo
Cover Artist: Cooke, Sean

After issue 12′s incredible cliffhanger, the Star Wars series has branched off into more sinister territory – the elusive actions of Darth Vader. Definitely an awesome way to further delve into Vader’s failure with the Death Star.

Power Girl Power Trip Trade Paperback

Power Girl Power Trip

Writer: Johns, Geoff
Artist: Conner, Amanda
Cover Artist: Conner, Amanda

C’mon, you know you’re excited about this one! This trade collects every Amanda Conner Power Girl story from JSA and the Power Girl solo series. A little pricey, but it’s great stuff!

Fatale Volume 4: Pray for Rain

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Writer: Brubaker, Ed
Artist: Phillips, Sean
Cover Artist: Phillips, Sean

Another trade, this time from Image. Jo gets herself tangled up with a up-and-coming grunge band in Seattle, and things don’t go well for her. Great way to dive head first into this fantastic horror comic!

Fatale #20

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Writer: Brubaker, Ed
Artist: Phillips, Sean
Cover Artist: Phillips, Sean

Speaking of…issue 20 of the series kicks off a brand new arc. Perfect place for new readers to get to know Jo, especially when paired with the fourth trade!

Manifest Destiny #4

Manifest Destiny #4

Writer: Dingess, Chris
Artist: Roberts, Matthew
Cover Artist: Roberts, Matthew

Imagine Lewis and Clark exploring America for the first time. Now throw in supernatural beasts. In this issue, they’ll meet Sacagawea for the first time. Manifest Destiny is the comic for the history and mythology fan.

All-New X-Men #23

All-New X-Men 23

Writer: Bendis, Brian Michael
Artist: Immonen, Stuart
Cover Artist: Immonen, Stuart

All you Jean Grey fans are reading this already, right? Especially since she’s on trial for the future actions of the Phoenix that she has yet to meet? This is a crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy, an interesting blend of two team-driven books.

She-Hulk #1

She-Hulk 1

Writer: Soule, Charles
Artist: Pulido, Javier
Cover Artist: Wada, Kevin

*uncontrollable arm flailing* This is one of the most highly-anticipated books to come from the All-New Marvel NOW initiative. Shulkie is back in her own solo title, and we’ll get to see more of her professional side than we did in the FF title that ended recently. Be sure to show your support for new female-led titles!

She-Hulk Volume 1 Complete Collection

She-Hulk Vol 1

Writer: Slott, Dan
Artist: Various,
Cover Artist: Granov, Adi

It’s a double-whammy for Shulkie fans. Dan Slott’s run on She-Hulk is now available in large, collected editions. A bit on the pricey side, but readers are getting a TON of issues from this fun run!

Thor: God of Thunder #19.1

Thor God of Thunder 19.1

Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Ribic, Esad
Cover Artist: Ribic, Esad

I am ashamed to admit that I’ve only read a handful of this series. I’ve heard nothing but good things, though. The cool thing about Marvel’s weird numbering system is that it allows fans to tell when a new arc is starting (hence the .1 indication). I’m taking this opportunity to spend some time with my favorite Asgardian.

Rachel Rising #23

Rachel Rising 23

Writer: Moore, Terry
Artist: Moore, Terry
Cover Artist: Moore, Terry

It’s hard to explain this comic series without spoiling all of it. All I’m going to tell you is this is well-worth a read. Terry Moore is a rarity in comics in that both his story and art are top-notch. A horror comic that bends the past to the future, Rachel Rising is one of my personal favorite series.

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!