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August 3, 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'd be all over the following.

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JUN100039 BALTIMORE PLAGUE SHIPS #1 $3.50
If you come to the eyes of the savvy industry reporter -- or me -- without being a know property, it helps to have a weird-ass name that makes folks go look it up on the Internet. This is the first issue in a limited series adapting Mike Mignola's prose novel. Mignola's basically holding up about 30 percent of why non-superhero fans go to the comics shop looking for serial books, and this looks like another well-crafted comic. For stumping me the cover goes below.

JUN100037 HELLBOY THE STORM #2 (OF 3) $2.99
I imagine this is pretty good, too.

MAR100041 TARZAN THE JESSE MARSH YEARS HC VOL 06 $49.99
I know this is good. I'm on Dark Horse's automatic comp copy list for this series and this series only, and I can't get enough of looking at it. Your mileage may vary with some of the stories, but they're probably way more solid than you remember or imagine.

JUN100160 BATMAN ODYSSEY #2 (OF 6) $3.99
This super-bizarre Batman comic featuring the work of legend Neal Adams is well on its way to becoming an oddball legend; I haven't felt as discombobulated reading a comic book since Dark Knight Strikes Again #1. He actually managed to duplicate on paper the feeling I used to get when I smoked pot and became certain every single sentence from every other person's mouth was a quote from a movie.

JUN100193 MAGOG #12 $2.99
Remember when Billy Reese had to stay inside during recess because he'd fight anybody else who wanted to be Magog?

MAY100188 MAGOG LETHAL FORCE TP $14.99
Hopefully a collection of the comics adaptation of Magog's USA Network show starring Rob Estes. Probably a collection of several issues from the series.

MAR108117 DAVE STEVENS THE ROCKETEER ARTISTS ED HC PI
Judging from the reaction to Stevens' work at the Eisner, there remains a significant reservoir of good will surrounding his life's work in comics, collected here shooting fro the original art at size -- one of the most absurdly indulgent and therefore awesome books of the year.

JUN108078 SEA BEAR & GRIZZLY SHARK #1 2ND PTG $4.99
I don't know if the cover will be different on this second printing, but I liked the baby being eaten.

MAY100581 CAPTAIN AMERICA #608 $3.99
JUN100642 CASANOVA #2 (MR) $3.99
JUN100605 SHIELD #3 $2.99
Three Marvel serial comics boasting inventive writers, if you're into that kind of thing.

MAY101029 ADVENTURES IN CARTOONING ACTIVITY BOOK $7.99
A supplement to the textbook/exhortation executed in exactly the same style as the comics in the previous book.

MAY101024 CHLOE GN (A) $10.95
Filthy, filthy comics by Hans Rickheit, under Fantagraphics' little-used Eros banner.

MAY100990 EDEN GN $16.95
MAR100913 JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY NANCY HC VOL 02 $29.95
Two great ones from D+Q in their post-con push to get those summer debuts onto comics shelves. The second book is self-explanatory; the first is work from Pablo Holmberg, previews of which have popped up here and there.

MAY101108 JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #300 $10.99
Happy anniversary to comics best face-puncher. Long may he never quite catch on.

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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, at least you weren't with last week's group that wasn't listed at all.

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