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.

Cluster #1

Cluster 1
Writer: Brisson, Ed
Artist: Couceiro, Damian
Cover Artist: Stokoe, James
From Previews:
WHY WE LOVE IT: Ed Brisson (Sheltered) is one of comics’ best new voices and we could not wait to work with him on an original series following his run on Sons of Anarchy. After hearing his pitch for a gritty, violent, sci-fi epic in the vein of The Dirty Dozen, we knew there was no one better to bring the criminal cast of characters to life than the other half of the Sons of Anarchy team and Ed’s Murder Book collaborator, Damian Couceiro.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Cluster is a series for fans of old-school, hard-boiled action. Brisson and Couceiro know how to tell stories about rich characters with criminal backgrounds, and the off-world setting allows them to tell personal stories with a massive scope. Have you ever wondered what a book starring all those lowlifes in the gutters of sci-fi havens like Mos Eisley would look like? Then we have the book for you.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the distant future, as mankind discovers life on other planets, it needs soldiers to defend its colonies and outposts across the stars. In order to increase the number of boots on the ground, criminals are offered the opportunity to serve in the place of incarceration. But as wars wage on and more soldiers are needed, small-time crimes are given long-term punishments. When a group of prisoners serving their time as soldiers become stranded and abandoned on a war-torn planet, they’ll need to work together to survive and uncover the truth behind Earth’s role in deep space.

The first issue gives me a Suicide Squad meets Bitch Planet vibe.  It’s got an interesting cliffhanger that will leave you wanting more.

Lady Killer #2

Lady Killer 2

Writer: Jones, Jo
From Previews:
Josie’s life grows more complicated than ever. Between the demands of her family life (including her disapproving mother-in-law), the challenges of performing as a ruthless assassin, and being underestimated by the men she works for, how can she do it all-and make it look so good? A new original series! ‘Lady Killer is a killer cool book with one of my favorite artist/writer teams at the top of their game. It’s an exciting and unique take on the whole midcentury-modern vibe, with one great surprise after another! And the colors are really nifty too!’-Mike Allred

This series had a great start last month.  This issue has the best balance of femme fatale, sexiness, and amazing action scenes.

Nameless #1

Nameless 1

Writer: Morrison, Grant
Artist: Burnham, Chris
Cover Artist: Burnham, Chris
From Previews:
An astronomer kills his family, then himself, leaving a cryptic warning. A Veiled Lady hunts her victims through human nightmares. An occult hustler known only as ‘Nameless’ is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists for a desperate mission. And the malevolent asteroid Xibalba spins closer on a collision course with Earth. But nothing is what it seems-a terrifying inhuman experiment is about to begin. Abandon all hope and experience ultimate horror in NAMELESS.

In true Morrison fashion, this issue makes little sense.  But Morrison isn’t one of the greatest comic writers for no reason.  This issue has a slow-burn feel, which hints at a big payoff later.  Ideal for more mature readers.

Postal #1

Postal 1

Writer: Hill, Bryan Edward
Artist: Goodhart, Isaac
Cover Artist: Sejic, Linda
From Previews:
The townsfolk of Eden, Wyoming wake up to the first official murder the town has seen in 25 years. Their reaction to this isn’t normal, and there’s a reason for that. Eden operates as a haven for fugitive criminals who remain here while new identities, often including facial reconstruction, are created for them. There is zero tolerance for any illegal activity that might draw attention to the town and an ‘official murder’ is the last thing they want. A single, tight-knit family runs Eden with the youngest oddball son Mark Shiffron overseeing the postal branch, the only means of shipping in or out of the city. THE FBI has repeatedly been foiled trying to insert an undercover here; they see Mark as the weak link to exploit. This murder gives them a new opportunity.

Murder mystery with a character with Aspergers as the lead.  It’s interesting, a little crazy, and very dark.  Ideal for more mature readers.

Saga #25

Saga 25

Writer: Vaughan, Brian K.
Artist: Staples, Fiona
Cover Artist: Staples, Fiona
From Previews:
Saga is back, as is almost the entire cast! And as thanks to retailers and readers for helping our audience continue to grow every new arc, Fiona Staples created an amazing wraparound cover for this action-packed issue, which is still only $2.99, the best deal in comics!


Operation SIN #2

Operation SIN 2

Writer: Immonen, Kathryn
Artist: Ellis, Rich
Cover Artist: Komarck, Michael
From Previews:
* When a UFO fires on Moscow because Howard can’t keep his finger off the button, Peggy and the team go underground but which one of them is already undercover?
* Woodrow McCord fights a bear!
* Peggy punches Howard in the face!
* The firecracker team of Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis turn up the heat and tear up the joint in the continuing adventures of AGENT CARTER!

The first issues of these series was a pleasant surprise, and I highly recommend this comic if you are currently enjoying the Agent Carter television show or her role in the first Captain America movie.

Star Wars #2

Star Wars 2

Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Cassaday, John
Cover Artist: Cassaday, John
From Previews:
* The Rebel assault on Cymoon 1 continues!
* Luke Skywalker – cornered by Darth Vader!
* Han, Leia, and the others – trapped!

<3 This series started out strong last month, and I know Jason Aaron will continue to deliver a quality Star Wars story.  Guys, check this one out!

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!