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June 1, 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 were I in a comic book shop Thursday I would spin around and around then let my finger fall on the first page of the following.

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Editor's Note: I can't find the Diamond link, so I'm working from the Comix Experience order list provided here. That probably means a much shorter list; I may come back and update -- if I do I'll delete this sentence.

AVENGERS PRIME #1 (OF 5) HA
Another Avengers book in the ongoing Marvel soft, multiple-book re-launch of that property. I'm not sure where companies like Marvel expect the extra money for more Avengers to come from, but I bet in a lot of cases it's just coming from money that would have been spent on other Marvel comics. Doesn't that make more sense than any other explanation?

INVINCIBLE #72
Robert Kirkman's well-regarded superhero comic book is in the midst of a long-promised storyline -- the obvious movie sequel storyline if there was a successful first movie. It should be fun; they do a nice job with that comic.

MICE TEMPLAR DESTINY #9
MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD #1 (OF 4)
MUPPET SHOW #6
A lot of vermin comics this week, including the first issue of Mouse Guard's spin-off series.

TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE #6
The best alternative comic book series right now? It's certainly some of the funniest comics going, even if I have little to say other than apparently spout broad, positive clichés on its behalf.

FREAKANGELS TP VOL 04
This is Warren Ellis' science fiction/superpower webcomic with Paul Duffield. I enjoy reading the comic on-line when I think of it, although reading something in print is a much different experience. Four volumes indicates the on-line/print model is either working or somehow worth faking it for our behelf.

MOVING PICTURES GN
In a perfect world, we'd be looking to a new book from the Immonens along these lines every year. But it's nice to have this one even if it won't have friends any time soon. An interview about the book mid-serialization can be found here.

STUCK RUBBER BABY HC NEW EDITION
A new edition for one of the great class of graphic novels that sprouted up around but not limited to 1994, this flurry of things like Our Cancer Year that presaged the modern riches that is comics publishing now.

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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'm drunk most of the time now.

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