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June 13, 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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FEB128233 DAYS OF DESTRUCTION DAYS OF REVOLT HC $28.00
This is a Joe Sacco hybrid book, essentially, from a comics perspective. He's working with the writer Chris Hedges on various portraits of economically blasted American communities, and provides both a ton of illustration work and a smattering of full cartoon portraits. The haunting one -- at least for me -- is an old mine worker, just for the dramatic ups and downs of his story, but they're all good. Sacco is one of the finest cartoonists in the world, and it's a treat we get multiple publications from him this year. If I only got one book this week, it'd be this one.

imageAPR120798 SECRET HISTORY BOOK 20 (MR) $5.95
This is the mainstream series I love the most, with its re-telling of western civilization through its wars, great mean and the manipulation of god-like beings with superpowers. So it's basically the history I was being told in college and the daydreams I was having about history while not all the way listening to those lectures, gathered into one place.

APR120032 CONAN THE BARBARIAN #5 $3.50
APR120008 MASSIVE #1 WOOD CVR $3.50
A double-shot for writer Brian Wood, including the first issue of his ecologically-informed adventure series, the kind of ambitious, big-theme, writer-directed, twist-on-real-world issues project that harkens back to... well, just to 1997 or so, but it's been a while since we've seen a new one exactly like that.

SEP110354 LIMITED REID FLEMING NEW DIMENSION POSTER $7.99
This sounds like the World's Toughest Milkman fronting a 1987 boy-band of some sort, which of course makes me want to see it all the more.

MAR120488 INVINCIBLE #92 $2.99
APR128086 MANHATTAN PROJECTS #3 2ND PTG $3.50
APR120441 ORC STAIN TP VOL 01 (MAY100457) (MR) $17.99
APR128195 SAGA #1 5TH PTG (MR) $2.99
APR128087 SAGA #3 2ND PTG (MR) $2.99
APR128088 THIEF OF THIEVES #1 4TH PTG $2.99
APR128089 THIEF OF THIEVES #2 4TH PTG $2.99
APR128090 THIEF OF THIEVES #3 4TH PTG $2.99
APR128091 THIEF OF THIEVES #4 3RD PTG $2.99
You know, if Image keeps up with the re-orders on their six to eight big-name attached projects still in the single-digit issue numbers and nails the anniversary issues of the major Kirkman series, they'll likely be themainstream comic book story of the second half of 2012.

FEB120700 BOY WHO MADE SILENCE GN (MR) $22.99
I didn't know anything about this one, so I went and looked and it's a striking enough thing I'd certainly look at it in a comics shop. That's really about as deep as I go with some things. Josh Hagler rings a bell, although I'm not exactly sure why.

APR121160 FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE HC LTD SGN ED VOL 05 $50.00
I'm not much into limited, signed editions, but it's nice to be reminded that a book like this is out there in various forms now.

DEC111084 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 05 1945-1946 $29.99
The series is pretty much conceptually complete at this point, so all you have to do now is sit back and enjoy the pretty art and the deliberate storytelling. These are significant pleasures, both the staring and the reading. We knew about the staring.

MAR121175 SUNDAY FUNNIES COLLECTED VOL 02 $30.00
Russ Cochran-curated comics from Ohio State, published at actual size. Yeah, I'm on that. I really doubt that many of the people buying this book are old enough to remember when comics looked like these, 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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