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November 2, 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 indulge in some eyeball consumptions, that's for sure.

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AUG101027 XENOZOIC COMPLETE COLL TP $39.95
It's a sign of how ridiculously full the publishing slates are right now that this book collecting one of the most important indy comics of its day is likely to go unremarked upon. A lot of how good this collection of Mark Schultz's gumbo of classic adventure comics traditions will be depends on the quality of the presentation, so I'd love to have a comics shop nearby where I could look one over.

SEP100045 BALTIMORE PLAGUE SHIPS #4 $3.50
SEP100053 BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #38 LAST GLEAMING PT 3 (OF 5) JEANTY CV $2.99
JUL100146 BATMAN AND ROBIN #16 $3.99
MAR100429 GODLAND #33 $2.99
MAY100412 INVINCIBLE #75 (MR) $5.99
SEP100673 STRANGE TALES 2 #2 (OF 3) $4.99
SEP100817 ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON #2 (OF 4) AUXILIARY ED (MR) $3.99
SEP100169 BATMAN CATWOMAN FOLLOW THE MONEY #1 $4.99
Here's a smattering of works that I've seen someone out there write about in positive fashion and that I can conceive of being the kind of books you might use to build a small-stack-o'-comics type reading experience. The "Follow the Money" book is Howard Chaykin doing a Batman/Catwoman book, which would definitely make it worth a check out from my book. I haven't been following the Neonomicon stuff and couldn't tell you a thing about it beyond, "well, there it is." The Baltimore book is the latest in Dark Horse's offerings of all things Mike Mignola, the Buffy book still brings in customers who buy that and that alone, the Batman and Robin material by Grant Morrison has been intermittnedly fun, the Godland books are always worth a peek, the Invincible issue may contain more gore than some issues of Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead albeit of the arms-being-pulled-off variety, and the Strange Tales book I think features Los Bros.

JUL100982 BERLIN #17 (MR) $4.95
Or you could blow all that off and read the latest issue of Berlin, a dual time-trip to between-wars Germany and the 1990s comic shop when serial funnybooks like Berlin were much more common. I'm filled with love for this comic book just thinking about it.

SEP100240 DC COMICS PRESENTS CHASE #1 $7.99
This is a reprinting of a few issues of DC Comics' series Chase, one of those well-done mainstream comic books that never had the chance where you read it and count the number of things that were taken from it and employed by lesser comics in subsequent years. What's odd is that if you really want this material, you can find it super-cheap, but I guess it's cool that DC wants to place it back in front of audiences this many years later.

SEP101002 DENYS WORTMANS NEW YORK TP $29.95
This is one of those books that I saw pieces of when James Sturm would bring the work to conventions and show it to people spread out on the tops of stacks of graphic novels: a fascinating series of drawings of 20th Century New York in all its muscular, dirty-under-the-nails glory. Seriously, if you're in a shop that carries it, 1) check out the art, 2) thank the comic shop's owner for having such a cool store.

JUL100071 BPRD TP VOL 14 KING OF FEAR $17.99
It's amazing this series of trades is up to fourteen volumes right now; one of the big shifts in market trends the last half-decades is that there are series that people are buying as a series, just in book form rather than comic book form.

JUL100051 LITTLE LULU TP VOL 25 BURGLAR PROOF CLUBHOUSE $14.99
It's doubly-amazing that this series is up to a 25th volume. I have a couple of friends with young kids that swear by this series.

JUN100768 HOKUSAI DEMONS & OTHER TALES OF THE FOX MOTHER TP $17.99
Al Davison is always worth a pick-up-and-look.

MAR100236 ABSOLUTE ALL STAR SUPERMAN HC $99.99
Well, this has got to be pretty. Someone wrote me this morning that the great genius of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's series was to publish so slowly in serial form and subsequently in multiple formats so that some iteration of it made best-of lists for nine years in a row. I liked the series as much as the next guy, mostly for its eye-candy qualities, although like many Grant Morrison works it's about mortality and the transcendence of imagination.

JUL100244 HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS HC (MR) $24.99
I'm still processing Sarah Glidden's debut graphic novel, detailing a birthright trip to Israel in vibrant color. I really hope that DC in its new property-fluffing era will continue to have a space for books like these, although I have my doubts.

JUL100361 ART OF JIM STARLIN LIFE IN WORDS & PICTURES HC $49.99
Jim Starlin has certainly enjoyed an interesting career in mainstream comics and along its outer rim, one that's uniquely his own. I assume that whenever anyone uses the phrase "words & pictures," there's going to be a lot of pictures.

SEP100391 KILL SHAKESPEARE TP VOL 01 $19.99
I don't remember hearing a ton about this series after its first issue, but I suppose as one of the chattering class the blame for that lies with me as much as with anyone.

SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99
That's good timing. I'm not sure anyone watches a TV show and then hits a funnybook shop to buy a 13th volume of something, but I have to imagine that if you're already a reader and see this book juiced up on the buzz from the television show you'd look on it with that much warmer of a heart.

MAY100654 SQUADRON SUPREME BY MARK GRUENWALD OMNIBUS HC $74.99
Never a fan, although some people swear by this extended What If?-style march through "realistic superheroes" dorm-room conversation plot points. I was fond of Gruenwald as an industry figure, certainly, as were so many folks, and this was certainly an extended, loving expression of his way of thinking about comics and their universes.

AUG101054 BARTIMAEUS GN VOL 01 AMULET OF SAMARKAND $9.99
AUG101055 BARTIMAEUS HC VOL 01 AMULET OF SAMARKAND $19.99
I read these prose books, a kind of tonal halfway point between the Harry Potter series and that big-ass book from Susanna Clarke whose name I can never remember without looking. You know the one. I had no idea that a comic book version was being done, and I hope it's good enough I'll be amazed I hadn't heard a peep about it.

AUG101077 LOUIS NIGHT SALAD HC $14.99
The return of metaphrog!

JUL101021 MOME GN VOL 20 $14.99
Congratulations to Eric Reynolds on a mighty run of books, and let's hope it continues until it's a undeniable all-timer in the very tough room that is the comics anthology.

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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 have full control of the list as I landed out of bounds.

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