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September 14, 2010


This Isn't A Library: New And Notable Releases To The Comics Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. But if I were anywhere near a comic shop, I would wonder how I got there because the nearest one is three hours away.

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JUL100013 ARCHIE & FRIENDS HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC BUNDLE 2010 PI
JUL100014 BOOM TOY STORY HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC BUNDLE 2010 PI
JUL100016 CARTOON BOOKS BONE HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC BUNDLE 2010 PI
JUL100015 DARK HORSE HOT STUFF HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC BUNDLE 2010 PI
JUL100020 HALLOWEEN MINI COMICS MEGA BUNDLE 2010 PI
JUL100017 JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY HA HA HA HALLOWEEN TREAT BUNDLE PI
JUL100019 NBM SMURFS HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC BUNDLE 2010 PI
JUL100018 TOYS BASEMENT PIRATE KING HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC BUNDLE 2010 PI
I don't know what these are like in terms of being art or even how this works as an executable promotional idea, but little bundles of minis to give out on Halloween is one of those things where you see it and you go, "Hey, that's something a not-dysfunctional industry might do."

JAN100137 HARVEY COMICS CLASSICS TREASURY TP VOL 01 CASPER $14.99
This looks like a conceptual do-over for Dark Horse's attempt to get the Harvey material over with a new reading audience -- a slightly different format and focus are in effect. This is the kind of thing I'd love to have in my local comics shop because I'd want to check it out and compare it to my existing copies before considering a purchase.

MAR100089 KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE TP VOL 11 (MR) $11.99
Your high-pedigree manga series release of the week.

JUL101157 PEEPO CHOO GN VOL 02 (MR) $12.95
The second of three planned releases in Vertical's demented series, part of the expansion of their manga and manga-related efforts past the more dignified classic offerings one might ascribe to the publisher.

MAY100276 JOE THE BARBARIAN #7 (OF 8) (MR) $2.99
So did this Grant Morrison spin on a classic fantasy story trope end up being any good? There's been like one percent of the talk about the series since it's come out as there was in the build-up to its first issue.

JUN100455 COWBOY NINJA VIKING #9 (MR) $3.99
This is a deeply weird mainstream adventure comic book series that I won't try to describe except that it seems to involve multiple cartoonish personalities ingrained in secret agents to make them able to perform unique duties. While that suite of iconic characters makes sense, it seems like one of the other agents has personae that include a roadie. I say "seems" because I haven't sat down to read the comics yet and the series admirably does little to allow for scanning them to be enough to get by, kind of snapping its fingers and demanding you catch up. I've been putting them aside to read in one go.

JUL100713 DAREDEVIL BY BENDIS & MALEEV TP ULT COLL BOOK 02 $34.99
JUL100672 OZ MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ HC $29.99
Two successful Marvel comic book efforts: another collection of a big chunk of Brian Bendis' and Alex Maleev's Daredevil work, which is right now in that limbo between "excited because it's new" and "excited because it's been rediscovered." The other is a collection of its Eisner-winning Oz comics, by the team of Shanower and Young, which sounds like an accounting firm hired to process an awards show voting results.

JUL101075 BARBARIAN CHICKS AND DEMONS GN VOL 01 (O/A) (A) $10.95
JUL101076 BARBARIAN CHICKS AND DEMONS GN VOL 02 (O/A) (A) $11.95
Somewhere in comics it's always the summer of 1978.

JUN101163 DETROIT METAL CITY GN VOL 06 (MR) $12.99
Abandoned as I was by Cromartie High School I've been having a hard time committing to another comedic manga series. I've been flirting with this one, though, and I think it could happen.

JUL101072 DUNGEON MONSTRES GN VOL 01 CRYING GIANT (O/A) $12.95
JUL101073 DUNGEON MONSTRES GN VOL 02 DARK LORD (O/A) $12.95
Mainstream comics in the French manner.

JUL101010 KOKO BE GOOD GN $18.99
A lengthy First Second book that if I recall correctly was about negotiating those life decisions in your early 20s that suddenly arrive where it dawns on you that they're way more serious and for keeps than almost anything you've engaged up until that point.

APR100963 LUCKY IN LOVE A POOR MANS HISTORY HC (MR) $19.99
A hardcover memoir set in early 1940s Hoboken and starring the evocative art of natural-born cartoonist Stephen DeStefano working from a script by George Chieffet. I can't wait to see it.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I didn't list your comic here, that's because I didn't maintain control in a way that the NFL recognizes as a catch.

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