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June 16, 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 this week, I'd buy any comic book that could slip past me "Hand Of Clod" style.

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OCT090055 CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 06 $49.99
I'm way behind on these, but has there ever been a time when you ran across an early Warren magazine story and didn't think to your self how freaking gorgeous it is? Me, neither.

APR100174 AZRAEL #9 $2.99
APR100197 MAGOG #10 $2.99
I'm hoping that these weird bible-title books from DC will generate enough momentum that they split off the DCU into their own Vertigo-like division. The possibilities are endless. Like you could have a title called "Amriel," but it would only come out once a year, or "Anpiel," who would run around a more Bible-y version of the DC Universe doing errands for Robin and the Black Canary.

FEB100191 SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY HC VOL 01 $39.99
I found this work to be real hit and miss but if you're a fan of the textural feel of an interconnected superhero story pulled off by a group of capable smarty-pants, you probably want every version of Grant Morrison and Company's overlapping saga including this newest one.

APR100180 SPIRIT #3 $3.99
APR100450 AGE OF BRONZE #30 (MR) $3.50
MAR100438 WALKING DEAD #73 (MR) $2.99
APR100553 NEW AVENGERS #1 HA $3.99
These are the individual comic books I would consider buying were I still a weekly, habitual serial-comic buyer. I haven't seen any of the Spirit books yet and my interest in New Avengers is along the lines of wanting to know what they're up to in one of the multiple company flagships (I'm guessing it's a company flagship), but the other two I read and collect when I see them.

APR100639 CRIMINAL TP VOL 05 SINNERS (MR) $15.99
Guys, it's not fair to spend all these years pressing for the companies to release more quality genre books to the market and then not support them when they finally arrive.

APR100606 LOCKJAW AND PET AVENGERS UNLEASHED #4 (OF 4) $2.99
Someday a few years from now I'm going to look up and there will have been 160 of these pet books published. It is on that day that I will turn off my computer and set fire to my studio, doing a slow motion walk-away as my comics burn.

FEB100922 ARTICHOKE TALES HC $22.99
I'm still digesting this, the oddest book I've read all year. Even odder, I read a lot of the earlier material that went into this book that you think would prepare me for reading it all together. Nope.

MAR100950 BILLY HAZELNUTS & CRAZY BIRD (RES) $19.99
The release of a new Tony Millionaire stand-alone book is an overall world good. There's not even that much to say about it.

JAN100951 BOOK OF MR NATURAL HC (MR) $19.99
This is one of the better Christmas-gift books Fantagraphics ever made, if I'm thinking of the right volume. A kind of Crumb-primer, or Crumb for people who might want to get at him from a more standard comics stories standpoint.

FEB100763 I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER SC $19.99
This is new Shannon Wheeler, right?

FEB100919 MEATCAKE GN (MR) $22.99
Dame Darcy is the canary in the cage as alt-comics makes its way through the catacombs of modern comics publishing. As long as she has a publishing presence, something must going at least semi-okay.

DEC090860 TEMPERANCE HC $22.99
I'm looking forward to this one because a) I know absolutely nothing about it, and b) I went into the cartoonist's previous book Percy Gloom with every expectation I'd hate it until my legs fell off from the acidic bile collected in them from my hating of it, but ended up super-charmed by like page eight.

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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 all part of the plan.

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