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September 29, 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 pick them up and raise them to the sky, naming them before Odin.

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JUN090054 HELLBOY LIBRARY ED HC VOL 03 CONQUEROR WORM & STRANGE PLACES $49.95
I'm not sure how this series of Hellboy collections distinguishes itself from the others, but that's why comic stores are great: you can go and put your hands on the various versions. Some of the time.

JUN090040 UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 02 DALLAS $17.95
I only sort of liked the first story, but this series had a lot of fans and the volume is likely just as pretty as the first.

FEB090241 ABSOLUTE PROMETHEA HC VOL 01 $99.99
This seems like it would be a gorgeous meeting of artwork and format, although I fairly dipped in and out of the series.

MAY090235 FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 01 (MR) $29.99
I was trying to find something to write about Vertigo taking Fable to the next step as a foundational title with a fancier set of book releases, but all I could come up with was a bizarre comparison between the successful series and Two And A Half Man that would have qualified me for a beating in all 50 states.

JUL090259 HIGH MOON TP VOL 01 $14.99
This most high-profile Zuda release to date, or at least the first one to go out wide enough that I'm actually on the comp list. I'm guessing it's either about werewolves in the Old West or a Huizenga-like explication of tidal patterns.

JUN090248 SLEEPER SEASON 2 TP $24.99
This was sort of overlooked, I thought, and as such this trade collecting the second series could be a supplementary printing of some sort, but I certainly enjoyed reading the comics as they came out.

JUL090295 UNKNOWN SOLDIER #12 (MR) $2.99
JUL090055 USAGI YOJIMBO #123 $3.50
Here is a pair of well-regarded mainstreamy comics out this week.

JUL090590 AVENGERS INVADERS HC $39.99
Okay.

JUL090539 SHANG-CHI MASTER OF KUNG-FU BLACK & WHITE ONE-SHOT $3.99
I'm not sure why they can't make a modern Shang-Chi comic considering that whole Brubaker/Fraction corner of the big universe and the fact that Doug Moench's work is an even stronger launching point for such a series than the Englehart Captain Americas. I'm guessing this doesn't take them any closer to such a title.

JUL090843 AYA THE SECRETS COME OUT HC $19.95
Oh heck, yeah. I derive a great deal of pleasure from this series. You should buy all three.

AUG090907 BEST AMERICAN COMICS HC 2009 $22.00
Is this the first time it's offered? I thought this was a pretty good run of comics, maybe the best assembled for one of these volumes since people started doing that.

JUL091141 BOOK OF GENESIS ILLUS BY ROBERT CRUMB HC $24.95
When books as big as this one drop, we all turn to look at what made that booming noise.

JUN090765 DIE HARD YEAR ONE #1 $3.99
Good idea for one of these, I suppose. And since it's about Bruce Willis in the 1970s, I'm hoping it's about a nuclear power plant guard in New Jersey. It's probably about young police officer John McClane, though. I also don't suppose he could spend a day or two tracking down and shooting the baby that would become Justin Long's character in Die Hard IV.

AUG090668 GHOST COMICS GN $10.00
A charity comic with an all-star line-up of between-the-cost alt-cartoonists.

JUL090638 GLAMOURPUSS #9 $3.00
Dave is either beginning to get into the groove of things, or he skipped from issue #4 to issue #9.

JUL090800 HOWARD CHAYKIN POWER & GLORY TP $19.99
I don't know why you wouldn't just want to have the original comics, but I remember this being a sort of fun title.

JUL090885 TROTSKY HC $16.95
JUL090730 LOGICOMIX GN $22.95
JUN091064 UPSIDE DOWN WORLD OF GUSTAVE VERBEEK HC $60.00
Three potential books of the week in just about any other week: two from the out-of-left-field OGN category; one from the lovingly prepared reprint category.

AUG090885 PRISON PIT SC BOOK 01 $12.99
This is an awesome book, and you need to own it eventually so why not buy it today?

JUL090874 REFRESH REFRESH GN (MR) $17.99
JUL090875 TINY TYRANT GN LUCKY WINNER $9.99
Two from First Second displaying their range: their admirable support of the young cartoonist Danica Novgorodoff, their translation of new mainstream French comics like those of Lewis Trondheim.

APR091046 TEZUKAS BLACK JACK TP VOL 06 $16.95
It's not my favorite Tezuka, but it's certainly one of a handful of his most popular works. This collection series should go on for quite some time, yet.

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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... um... sorry?

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