Girls Read Comics – January 7, 2015

One of the hardest things about reading comics is knowing where to start. Comics shops carry hundreds of titles and get dozens of issues in every week on new comic-book day. On top of that, many comics have complex mythologies and backstories that make it hard to just pick up any random issue and have a clue what is going on.

That’s why Heroic Girls recommends comics every week that are excellent “jumping on” points for new readers. Without further ado, here are our picks for the week of January 7, 2015.

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Feathers #1

Feathers is a rarity in comics: an all-ages book designed to appear equally to girls and boys. In short, it is a a book for everyone. Whether it manages to find an audience in the male-and-superhero-centric comics market is up to us (Hint: that means go buy it.)

The love project of writer/artist Jorge Corona, Feathers tells the story of Poe, a boy born in the slums of the Maze, covered in feathers. He must help the first person who has ever shown him kindness, a young girl named Bianca, as she attempts to escape the slums and return to life beyond the Maze.

Dodging street gangs and child-snatchers every steep of the way, they may also uncover the key to unlocking Poe’s mysterious past.

Operation S.I.N.

On the heels of the debut of ABC’s Agent Carter, Marvel is launching Operation S.I.N., a comic book trying to capture a little Marvel synergy.

After an alien energy source is discovered in Russia in the early 1950’s, it’s up to Peggy Carter and Howard Stark to find out what happened. But a newly-risen terrorist group going by the name Hydra also happens to be on the hunt for their own nefarious purposes! It’s only when a mysterious operative going by the name of Woodrow McCord enters the picture to aid Peggy and Howard that they realize just how far some people are willing to go to keep the Earth safe.

Writer Kathryn Immonen is joined by rising star artist Rich Ellis to tell an all-new Agent Carter story.

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

After defeating Thanos, Doctor Doom, Deadpool and Wolverine, what is cult character Squirrel Girl supposed to do next? Enroll in college, of course.

This is Squirrel Girl’s first ongoing series and it is yet another solid effort in Marvel’s ongoing efforts to reach the 50-percent of the population that does not identify as “male.”

There is no question that we will be picking this up, as we may have the world’s greatest Squirrel Girl fan in our house, and her sister loves the character, too.