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May 23, 2012


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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MAR120026 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #12 KIETH CVR $7.99
MAR120027 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #12 MOTTER VAR CVR $7.99
I imagine that there's going to be a lot of commentary out there about the fact that this publication is dominated by 1980s-era superstars, including the return of the Baron/Rude Nexus serial. I don't think there's anything wrong with that at all, and in fact I think it's a strength of comics. I would of course love for comics-makers to find multiple, fruitful projects over the course of their careers, but mostly I want to be entertained by the comics that entertain me. I sure didn't think about the age of the cartoonists with most of the comics I enjoyed as a kid.

imageMAR120368 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS GN $21.99I enjoyed this book, kind of a slightly snotty, anecdotal history of the comics industry told with a lot of energy. I think I wrote the introduction.

MAR120020 RESIDENT ALIEN #1 $3.50
MAR120149 BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 $2.99
MAR120364 GODZILLA ONGOING #1 $3.99
FEB120370 HERO COMICS 2012 $3.99
MAR120497 PROPHET #25 $2.99
MAR128165 SAGA #1 4TH PTG (MR) $2.99
MAR120623 ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 $3.99
MAR120584 CAPTAIN AMERICA #12 $3.99
MAR120597 FANTASTIC FOUR #606 $2.99
This is an extremely long list of mainstream and independent comics that I'd pick up and check out, doubly so consider I'm not hot after any of them. The Resident Alien seems to be part of a renwed Dark Horse effort to find some space for original content creation via serialized comics -- something I'd welcome if it locks into place. The Godzilla book makes me laugh by actually being called Godzilla Ongoing, and is sure to feature pretty monster art. The Hero Comics effort is a book for charity, and is bound to feature one or two jaw-droppers from a mature cartoonist not quite to the point of being a likely target for that charitable effort. The next two books are from the Image line, which is already doing what I think Dark Horse would like to see happen. The X-Men book features the wedding proposal of recent PR-driven industry story idiocy. The Captain America and Fantastic Four are core Marvel books by core Marvel writers.

FEB120054 ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $49.99
DEC110710 MMW ATLAS ERA JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY HC VOL 04 $64.99
DEC110711 MMW ATLAS ERA JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY HC VOL 04 DM VAR ED 180 $64.99
SEP110209 MAD ARCHIVES HC VOL 03 $59.99
NOV110991 STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES HC VOL 03 MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER $39.99
This week's books for people with far more spending money that I'll ever have. The belle of the ball is the last one -- concentrated, early, yet by this volume prime-time Steve Ditko. I know nothing about the MAD material, but it's MAD, so it gets a look. The first books is part of Dark Horse's pre-Code efforts and the second/third is from Marvel's ongoing efforts to reproduce 1950s material. I'd love to see it all, not sure anything other than the Steve Ditko would ever take up precious real estate on my bookshelves.

DEC111184 JUDGE DREDD CRUSADE TP $16.99
I have yet to take the plunge on the collections of 2000AD material, although I'm deeply grateful that stuff is out there and like everyone else I hope for the development of a North American market where this stuff could play a more vital role. This material always seems thwarted by size-of-audience and infrastructure issues far more than some kind of inability of British adventure comics to appeal to enough readers.

JAN121192 DUNGEON ZENITH SET VOL 1-3 $39.99
I really enjoy the Dungeon books NBM has been doing, although I wasn't aware they cost this much.

JAN121110 INTERIORAE TP $19.99
If you go to comics shops looking for unique voices doing beautifully-presented work, this is the one for you today.

MAR120665 MIGHTY THOR BY MATT FRACTION PREM HC VOL 02 $24.99
MAR120679 MIGHTY THOR BY MATT FRACTION TP VOL 01 $19.99
I put this down because I would take a look at it in the store as I've heard absolutely nothing about writer Matt Fraction's work with this character and he seems like a pretty reliable maker of this stuff, at least to me. I'd then buy the individual issues in dollar bins -- the old-time comics way of buying from Amazon.

DEC111299 LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS HC $35.00
The second of the two non-conventional wisdom comics histories this week, this one gets at the foundation of American comic books through profiles and photos of the perpetrators/survivors. I'm looking forward to seeing the final result.

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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 on me. I apologize.

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