Girls Read Comics – October 22, 2014

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 October 22, 2014.

Catwoman #35

After the events of Batman Eternal, Selina Kyle is no longer a mere jewel thief, she is the new crime boss of Gotham City. Is her relationship with Batman shattered beyond repair? And if Catwoman is running the mob, who is the new prowler running the rooftops of Gotham? This is a great “jumping on” point with a new creative team of novelist Genevieve Valentine and Garry Brown (Five Ghosts, Iron Patriot) and a pretty cover by Jae Lee. Also comes with a “monsters” variant cover by Joshua Middleton.

Gotham City Sirens — TPB Book 01

Gotham City Sirens TPB, Vol. 1
Gotham City Sirens TPB, Vol. 1

Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are tired of being shoved around by Batman, the Joker and the police — so they team up to take Gotham by storm. They might even end up ruling this town — if they don’t kill each other first.

Written by industry legend Paul Dini, the creator of Harley Quinn and the man behind Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond and Tiny Toon Adventures, Gotham City Sirens is a fun book that lets you root for the bad guys — er girls.

This trade paperback collects issues #1-#13 of the original series, and features the pre- New 52 Harley Quinn who was better in every conceivable way.

The Last Unicorn TPB

The Last Unicorn TPB
The Last Unicorn TPB

Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn is a fantasy classic. Adapting it to another medium is a daunting task, but writer Peter Gillis and artist Renae DeLiz prove more than up to the task. The illustrations in particular are wonderful and ethereal.

The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields his power.

If you really like the book, look for the beautiful, previously released deluxe edition, which is well worth the additional $10 or so.