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February 6, 2013


This Isn't A Library: 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. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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OCT121088 7 MILES A SECOND HC $19.99
This is the Fantagraphics reprint of one of the not-exactly-lost but sort of... I don't know, misfiled books of the last quarter-century. While a lot of people read and enjoyed that work then, it didn't quite reach that Fantagraphics audience that may have the most affection for it. At any rate, I'm looking forward to devouring that one myself, as it's always been on my radar and never in my lap.

imageNOV120570 MULTIPLE WARHEADS ALPHABET TO INFINITY #4 [DIG] $2.99
MAR120492 MUDMAN #6 [DIG] $3.50
NOV128236 HELLBOY IN HELL #2 (2ND PTG) $2.99
DEC120076 HELLBOY IN HELL #3 $2.99
DEC120938 ADVENTURE TIME FIONNA & CAKE #2 MAIN CVR [DIG] $3.99
NOV128166 HAWKEYE #1 4TH PTG AJA VAR $2.99
NOV128167 HAWKEYE #2 4TH PTG AJA VAR $2.99
NOV128181 HAWKEYE #6 2ND PTG AJA VAR $2.99
This is a snapshot of this week's serial comics offerings. The Brandon Graham is the must-buy here; it's hard not to enjoy what he's doing with the serial comic form, kind of a one-man revival of everything idiosyncratic and junky and fun about indy-comics from 1982 to 1992. The Paul Grist series returns after an absence, I think. The Hellboy and Adventure Time franchises are probably 1a and 1b in terms of successful franchised books that people I know read. I would make a trip to a comics shop just to buy the Mignola, if the nearest shop were 45 minutes or less away. I don't know what kind of numbers make for a hit superhero comic book these days, but that so many issues of the Hawkeye series are going back to print, multiple times even, says that shops are really selling the crap out of it.

OCT120058 BROTHERS OF THE SPEAR ARCHIVES HC VOL 02 $49.99
SEP120677 X-FORCE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $99.99
I love that we live in a world where giant collections come out that have devoted fans that I don't really all the way understand. I have a few Brothers Of The Spear comic books, and they weren't particularly hard to find -- I guess this is for those that not only like that series but like the presentation one gets in a fancy trade over the original comics. The X-Force book is I'm guessing a reprint of a recently-lauded run that tended to slip in at the end of the best-of lists kept by some critics that still cover the mainstream part of comics.

NOV120301 NEW DEADWARDIANS TP (MR) $14.99
I guess it's worth noting when a Vertigo series spawns a trade; this is a police drama set in a post-Victorian era where many in the upper classes are vampire and many in the lower zombies.

OCT120432 DAVE STEVENS ROCKETEER ARTIST ED NEW PTG PI
These books are generally attractive and this one, which like others in the series sold out of its initial printing, is particularly good-looking. This continues IDW's relationship with the Stevens estate, and I think they've done a nice job by them.

NOV121364 SLAM DUNK GN VOL 26 $9.99
This seminal sport series, now rounding into its final few volumes, strikes me as the best of the various, mainstream audience-friendly manga series offerings out this week.

NOV121142 AYA LOVE IN YOP CITY GN (MR) $24.95
NOV121143 BIG QUESTIONS SGN HC (2ND PTG) (MR) $69.95
DEC121063 DAYBREAK GN (MR) $16.95
Finally, a big week for Drawn and Quarterly books showing up on your comic-store shelves. You want the Brian Ralph and the Anders Nilsen if you don't have them yet in a form that's pleasing to you. The Aya, well, that's up to you. There's actually a fairly active current of thinking amongst comics people against the Aya series, particularly the later volumes, an argument that says the delicate tension the first book had in presenting its now long-gone world through a nod towards the kind of soap opera enjoyed by people in that place and at that time became basically another soap opera as the story progressed. I enjoyed the work in the first big Aya volume, and look forward to the conclusion here.

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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 failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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