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May 18, 2011


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To The Comics Direct Market

imageHere 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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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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JAN111196 EYE O/T MAJESTIC CREATURE GN (MR) $18.99
I was surprised how much I enjoyed my first reading of this very odd series of real-life/fantastically-flavored vignettes from Leslie Anne Mackenzie Stein, although I'm not certain how much of my reaction is "it has a quality" and how much is "it's quality." Not yet, anyway. I'm going to read it again soon.

DEC100075 ADV OF DR MCNINJA TP VOL 01 NIGHT POWERS $19.99
Dark Horse's trade program featuring successful on-line efforts continues with Chris Hastings' well-regarded humor strip.

JAN110328 FLASH OMNIBUS BY GEOFF JOHNS HC VOL 01 $75.00
Geoff Johns is one of the three or four important mainstream comics writers of the moment, and one of two with big bodies of work at DC. I'm far enough behind the times not to realize there's enough material he's done with the Scarlet Speedster to merit a big, fancy volume, but I'm certain may fans out there will be delighted to have this material in this form.

imageMAR110442 ROCKETEER #1 100 PENNY PRESS $1.00
MAR110416 ROCKETEER ADVENTURES #1 (OF 4) $3.99
There is not one percent of my person that desired any more comics starring the late Dave Stevens' Rocketeer than we already have, but while I'm sure 15-year-old me might have a by-the-numbers rant on the matter, the present-day me can't really get worked up about it. The latter is an anthology title featuring many admirers and I think even a few same-age peers; I have to image it will be at least solidly crafted. Publisher IDW did more than right by the original material with multiple editions and presentations. I hope this does whatever it is they hope it will do.

DEC100444 SCIENCE DOG SPECIAL #2 $3.50
I like to pretend these are the adventures of Dalgoda's little brother.

MAR118166 IMAGE FIRSTS JACK STAFF #1 (PP #967) $1.00
FEB118156 IMAGE FIRSTS ORC STAIN #1 (MR) (PP #966) $1.00
It's not a great work for new serial comic books, which makes $1 reprints of two pretty good Image series that much more attractive, especially if you're unfamiliar with them.

MAR111222 IF N OOF GN $29.95
This massive graphic novel from Brian Chippendale failed to garner a lot of attention upon its initial, extended, press-the-flesh market release. My memory is that it's a highly entertaining blend of vaudevillian comedy, modern-comic landscape exploration and 1980s movie moments, any element of which might be enough to recommend the book by itself.

FEB111211 ILL GIVE IT MY ALL TOMORROW TP VOL 03 $12.99
I haven't caught up with this series yet, but it's the generally best-reviewed of the manga series that have new volumes out this week and you have to admit that title is an all-timer.

MAR111105 PAYING FOR IT HC $24.95
Your big, bad, major-release, lots-of-press book of the week. One thing we haven't seen yet that I thought we might by this point is a backlash in terms of negative reviews, perhaps from younger cartoonists. If you are reading this site and don't already know all about this book, you are probably my mom.

JAN111242 PINOCCHIO HC $29.95
Another major work for the week: a mostly silent re-telling of the classic story featuring some beautiful comics pages Winshluss. This is sort of a surprise release in that a lot of people I know bought the French edition figuring they wouldn't get one otherwise.

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