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March 31, 2009


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 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 were I in a comic book shop tomorrow I would more than likely pick up the following and look them over, causing chaos.

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FEB090103 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #24 JEANTY CVR $2.99
24 already. Well.

JAN098012 PREACHER # 1 SPECIAL EDITION $1.00
Are we at the point where comics readers of a certain age are going to just dig into things like Preacher as a formative pop-culture experience? Because watch out when that happens.

JAN094230 HO HC $19.99
Well, I had to know what this was, and it turns out it's a collection of Ivan Brunetti's sometimes-repulsive cartoon gags of a relentlessly naughty kind. I like these quite a bit.

FEB090263 SEAGUY THE SLAVES OF MICKEY EYE #1 (OF 3) (MR) $3.99
I very much liked the first series by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart, and I expect I'll like this one, too. Some folks really, really, really like this material.

FEB092546 WOLVERINE MAGAZINE #1 $6.99
I'd like to imagine this is a 'zine written by Wolverine himself, including several pages of spilled ink where he goes into a Berserker's Rage while reviewing the first several episodes of Gossip Girl.

NOV084060 BOODY BIZARE COMICS OF BOODY ROGERS GN $19.99
Some of the greatest, oddest comics of all time.

DEC084175 DUNGEON ZENITH TP VOL 03 BACK IN STYLE $12.95
I never quite understand the details of the Trondheim/Sfar fantasy mini-epics, but I always enjoy them.

JAN093923 GLAMOURPUSS #6 $3.00
This is Dave Sim's magazine, and it's good to see it up to #6.

NOV084059 SUPERMEN FIRST WAVE OF HEROES (1939-41) GN $24.99
I liked this book quite a bit: a high-end reproduction of several comic book from the era before Superman started to lock the genre into place. The result is a bunch of frequently weird, hallucinatory adventure fantasies.

FEB094256 GOOD BYE HC (O/A) (MR) $19.95
This book of fiction from Yoshihiro Tatsumi was I believe slightly undervalued last year. It's very strong.

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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, I blame my teachers.

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