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June 2, 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 at my leisure, muttering the occasional "My Word" through a monogrammed handkerchief.

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APR090234 ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE BOOK THREE #2 (OF 4) $3.99
APR090486 AGENTS OF ATLAS #6 DKR $2.99
APR090147 BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 $2.99
APR090496 CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 ANNUAL #1 $3.99
APR090274 SEAGUY THE SLAVES OF MICKEY EYE #3 (OF 3) (MR) $3.99
MAR094141 MUPPET SHOW #3 (OF 4) $2.99
Your various well-reviewed or hotly anticipated serial comic books of interest. That's the Morrison/Quitely Batman series, which should be fun. The Muppet Show book continues to be well-crafted and fun, that's the last issue of this go-around on Seaguy and one of the last issues on that Captain Britain run of titles that will become a dollar-bin favorite in the next couple of years.

JAN092561 DAREDEVIL OMNIBUS BY BRUBAKER & LARK HC VOL 01 $74.99
I wasn't aware they were doing this and don't need it because I have the comic books, but it should be a handsome volume and the superhero comics content you'll find within its covers is solid.

JAN092563 MMW ATLAS ERA JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY HC VOL 02 VAR ED 118 $59.99
I'm grateful that Marvel's mining this old material a bit, although I can't speak to the end result.

APR090803 MOOMIN COMPLETE TOVE JANSSON COMIC STRIP HC VOL 04 $19.95
Don't let this one slip past you -- the latest in D&Q's handsome presentation of Tove Jansson's Moomin comic strip. I thought the last volume was the best of the three, so I'm looking forward to this one.

FEB094258 32 STORIES COMPLETE OPTIC NERVE SP DEFINITIVE ED BOX SET (MR) $19.95
This is Adrian Tomine's early material as a slip-cased set of mini-comics, and about as cool as that sounds.

MAR094221 GEORGE SPROTT HC $24.95
If you've been buying books recently because of Seth's design work on them, you should be super-excited about having a Seth-designed book of work by Seth. This is his NY Times Sunday Magazine serial completely worked over and expanded into a big, fancy book. I liked it a quite a bit, and we'll be running a Seth interview on CR this Sunday.

FEB094402 MIJEONG GN $19.95
This looks nice.

MAR094458 SLAM DUNK GN VOL 04 $7.99
The best of the mainstream manga volume releases this week, a slow-building series I enjoy.

APR090815 TINY TYRANT GN ETHELBERTOSAURUS $9.95
This is I believe a re-release of First Second's previous Tiny Tyrant volume with adjustments in format.

MAR094252 UPTIGHT #3 (RES) $2.75
The previous issue of this series from the great Jordan Crane was super, super 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, that's on me.

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