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 #1 (of 5)

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

All I need to know about this series is Greg Rucka. Rucka is responsible for one of the most diverse, respectful portrayals of Wonder Woman, bringing Batwoman to Detective Comics, and the new hit from Image, Lazarus. Basically, Rucka is a great writer with lots of talent in bringing female characters to life. Veil, a girl wakes up in a subway with no memory, and strange things happen to those who try to harm her.

Apocalypse Al #2 (of 4)

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Writer: Straczynski, J. Michael
Artist: Kotian, Sid
Cover Artist: Kotian, Sid

We were introduced to Allison Carter in the first issue. This paranormal investigator is responsible for stopping various apocalypses from happening. She’s had success, but has she finally met her match? Check out a preview of this new issue!

Drumhellar #5

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Writer: Rossmo, Riley
Artist: Rossmo, Riley
Cover Artist: Rossmo, Riley

Drumhellar has so far been a funny, beautiful comic. It’s nearing the end of the first arc, so not an ideal choice for new readers to pick up. But keep this on your radar! Check out a preview of this new issue!

Starlight #1

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Writer: Millar, Mark
Artist: Parlov, Goran
Cover Artist: Cassaday, John

There’s a ton of comics featuring retired/out-of-commission superheroes – Watchmen, Jupiter’s Legacy, Sidekick – and now we have Millar’s Starlight to add to that list. Fans of space heroics and Mark Millar will want to jump in on this first issue.

Tales of Honor #1

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Writer: Hawkins, Matt
Artist: Yoon, Jung-Geun
Cover Artist: Yoon, Jung-Geun

David Weber’s military science-fiction series continues in this original comic book series. Honor Harrington tells of her epic adventures on the eve of her execution. Check out a preview here!

Velvet #4

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Writer: Brubaker, Ed
Artist: Epting, Steve
Cover Artist: Epting, Steve

Velvet is a double-agent out to clear her name. Brubaker and Epting’s tale features an older woman who is more than meets the eye. In this issue, Velvet dons a mask and hits up a masquerade! Preview here!

Magneto #1

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Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Walta, Gabriel Hernandez
Cover Artist: Rivera, Paolo

Recent events have made Magneto more of a pawn in another man’s game rather than the leading villain he was originally created to be. In his own series, hopefully Magneto will return to his former glory!

She-Hulk #2

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

Squee! Last issue was a blast (check out the Missfits podcast about it!), and the series as a whole has a ton of potential! I am thrilled that this series is getting the attention it deserves. Jennifer Walters is a hulkified lawyer out on her own. With connections to the Avengers, her life is never boring. Also – HELLCAT IS IN THIS ISSUE!

Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender Omnibus

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Writer: Various,
Artist: Various,
Cover Artist: TBD

Ok, so this is more about me pitching this series than telling you to shell out $100. Remender’s X-Force was one of my favorite runs with X-Men characters. Featuring Wolverine, Psylocke, Angel, Deadpool, and Fantomex, the X-Force team was dispelled to take care of problems that the X-Men team couldn’t deal with, namely missions that involved assassination. Definitely recommend that you check out any part of this run!

Wolverine and the X-Men #1

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Writer: Latour, Jason
Artist: Asrar, Mahmud A.
Cover Artist: Asrar, Mahmud A.

The start of a new series! Wolverine and the X-Men was a successful series by Jason Aaron. This time, Jason Latour takes a stab at the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning. This is the X-Men book for people who love teenage mutants dealing with their new powers and their teachers who are barely holding it all together.

Fairest #24

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Writer: Andreyko, Marc
Artist: McManus, Shawn
Cover Artist: Hughes, Adam

Cinderella travels to India to find the source of the rodent problem plaguing Fabletown. While there, she runs into an ex, further complicating her life and mission.

Black Bird Volume 18

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Writer: Sakurakoji, Kanoko
Artist: Sakurakoji, Kanoko
Cover Artist: Sakurakoji, Kanoko

I know we normally talk about upcoming comic books in this little segment, BUT I HAVE SO MUCH EXCITEMENT FOR THE LAST VOLUME OF BLACK BIRD THAT I CANNOT HOLD IT ALL INSIDE. Black Bird is the story of Misao, a young woman who discovers that she is the prophesied Senka Maiden. The Senka Maiden grants demons a variety of power depending on how she is used – drink her blood, eat her flesh, or marry her. Kyo, the leader of the Tengu demon clan and childhood friend of Misao, vows to protect Misao from all other demons for the rest of her life. Black Bird is a modern-day fantasy about young love, loss of innocence, and making choices about how to live out the rest of your days. Volume 18 promises to answer all the final questions about the Senka Maiden!

Nisekoi False Love Volume 2

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Writer: Komi, Naoshi
Artist: Komi, Naoshi
Cover Artist: Komi, Naoshi

Another Missfits pick, Nisekoi is a romantic comedy about Raku in a false relationship with Chitoge in order to placate their parents…and gangs. The problem is that Raku and Chitoge cannot stand each other, and Raku is out to find the love of his life! THE DRAMA! THE DRAMA!

Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 1

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Writer: Tanemura, Arina
Artist: Tanemura, Arina
Cover Artist: Tanemura, Arina

Fans of magical girl fantasy stories from the 90s, rejoice. Phantom Thief Jeanne features Maron, a 16-year-old high school student who spends her nights vanquishing demons out of paintings. When Phantom Thief Sinbad shows up with his gorgeousness, Maron must learn to avoid him and all his troubles.

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!

Originally posted at MaraWoodBlog.com