This column each week, is to help you picking some books that we think look and sound interesting. Both Andrew and I are going to make some selections that we hope you try out and enjoy. Now this will probably lead to some name calling or fist fights at some point but this is not about which company is better or my general dislike for all things Marvel. No, we want to suggest some titles you may not be reading today but you might like if you did.

By the way, there is no order to this list at all so deal with it.

New Books Released: 08/01/12

THIEF OF THIEVES #7 $2.99 (Image) With the way things ended last issue, I’ve been counting the days to the release of this month’s installment. Things look like they’re about to hit the fan for Redmond. This promises to be an exciting conclusion for the first story arc. (Andrew)

ACTION COMICS #12 $3.99 (DC Comics) Okay so this hasn’t been Grant’s finest work but it has been interesting each month. A lot of people just don’t get what he’s up to but that’s usually par for the course. After this run is over and some time has past, Grant’s run on Action will be appraised and I think he will get praise for what he did here. (Mr. Green)

FIRST X-MEN #1 $3.99 (Marvel) I know what you’re thinking. “Not another X-Men title!” But before you write it off completely, bare in mind that this is written by Christos Gage, one of the best writers at the House of Ideas today. And it marks the return of legendary artist Neal Adams to the merry mutants! But this ain’t no Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, kids. This is a team that predates them. With Wolverine, Sabertooth and more! Gage hasn’t let me down yet so it’s worth checking out. (Andrew)

IZOMBIE #28 $2.99 (Vertigo) This wild ride is almost over and it’s a shame that things had to go down like this with the parties involved. This is a great book with some kooky characters and fun banter. It’s The Breakfast Club by way of Lovecraft and it works every issue. (Mr. Green)

SHADOW #4 $3.99 (Dynamite) I’ve gone back and forth on this book. The first issue was good. The second, not so much. Then issue 3 rekindled my interest. I’m not sure which way this series is going to go but it’s definitely not your usual Garth Ennis tale. (Andrew)

GI COMBAT #4 $3.99 (DC Comics) So the main reason to read this is for the Unknown Soldier story by Palmiotti & Gray. The other is okay but it’s not as good as the backup. Once again, Jimmy & Justin are firing on all cylinders and are making great comics each month. I am really impressed how they make me care about a war book. (Mr. Green)

AVENGERS ACADEMY #34 $2.99 (Marvel) At the end of last issue, Hank Pym decided to close the academy. SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW? Hopefully we’ll get the answer in issue 34. This is another book written by superstar writer Christos Gage. This was my favourite series of last year and has been one to watch this year. (Andrew)

ANIMAL MAN #12 $2.99 (DC Comics) Two words JEFF LEMIRE. Why aren’t you reading this book. Not since Morrison’s epic run has the character been this interesting to read. Just run out to your local shop and grab it and all the back issues. You won’t regret it. (Mr. Green)

PUNISHER BY GREG RUCKA TP VOL 01 $16.99 (Marvel) The Punisher has always been seen as a one trick pony. But with the current series, Greg Rucka showed you could actually do something different with the character. It’s been a wild ride! For those of you that missed out when this book debuted last year, pick up the trade and join in on the awesomeness! The Bloody, Bloody Awesomeness! (Andrew)

BEASTS OF BURDEN: NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ONE SHOT $3.50 (Dark Horse) Okay so a cat and a bunch of dogs are protecting their nieghborhood from goblins, a basilisk and a herd of strange sheep? I am so in on reading this it isn’t funny. This could very well have the potential to be my One shot of the year. I’m that excited.  (Mr. Green)

So there you go. Check these books out and let us what you thought. Did we help you discover something new or did you really hate it? Either way at least you tried a new title out and experienced something new.

And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!

Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch (one-shot)