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September 10, 2008


This Isn't A Library: New and Notable Releases to the Comics Direct Market

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Here are the books that jump out at me from this week's probably mostly 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 were I in a comic book shop I would likely pick up the following and look them over, and as a result, my retailer and I might don giant robot suits and fight one another.

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JUL080108 FINAL CRISIS REVELATIONS #2 (OF 5) $3.99
Five years from now I think we'll look back and laugh on this extended period where comics frequently came out with obtuse titles right alongside the ones where you could kind of tell what they were about. We'll need something to e-mail about in our new non-comics industry jobs.

JUL088045 WATCHMEN TP INTERNATIONAL EDITION $19.99
I'm pretty sure this is a version where Rorshach speaks with an out-sized French accent and Nite Owl is called Athene Noctua, the goofiness of which is what affects his libido. Actually, I'm absolutely certain this isn't the case, and instead this a version of the freakishly hot-selling decades-old book that is somehow directed to non-US markets. Whether or not the work needs such an edition, I can't imagine it took them a whole lot of time to greenlight one.

JUL082409 ETERNALS BY JACK KIRBY TP BOOK 02 $24.99
I'm not sure why this was split into two parts given the whole thing is probably less than 400 pages, but there are 50 reasons why no one asks my publishing advice. Anyway: good comics, although I think there's a traceable decline between the material in the first volume and the material in this one.

JUL082393 OMEGA THE UNKNOWN PREM HC $29.99
Hey, this series was really pretty good. Reading it for five minutes a month over a year's time, I think it was about the advance of adult concerns and tedium on childhood, but I'll need to read it again to know if that's ridiculous or if I was onto something. Probably the former.

JUL082328 PATSY WALKER HELLCAT #3 (OF 5) $2.99
I'm only slightly confused that I like this.

JUL084309 AMERICAN WIDOW HC $22.00
A long memoir of a year in the life after 9/11. It didn't make an impression on a first reading, but I'm diving back in over the weekend.

JUL084001 PRINCE OF PERSIA GN $16.95
This would be the book of the week on most non-Majority Of Gilbert Shelton's Entire Career Output Wednesdays, although I guess there's Krazy Kat to consider as well. A potential breakout or, I guess, a potential setback for First Second. They've gone the classy route with this multi-media property tie-in, that's for certain.

JUL084140 FREAK BROTHERS OMNIBUS TP (MR) $35.00
The book of the week, I'd say, as it's one of the all-time great comic book series collected in a giant single volume. Quite the bargain, too.

JUL083994 KRAZY & IGNATZ TP 1943 1944 HE NODS QUIESCENT SIESTA $19.99
Here's the most serious challenger to the Freak Brothers book: the final days of the greatest comic of all time, given that series' usual classy treatment.

JUN083972 SIXTEEN MILES TO MERRICKS & OTHER WORKS SC $29.95
This debut book looks interesting.

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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.

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 and probably a bit high, 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.

If I didn't list your new comic, please try writing me shrill, insistent e-mails about my failures. That always works.

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