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July 11, 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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MAY120522 WILD CHILDREN ONE SHOT (MR) $7.99
As this is the summer of Image Comics -- or this generation's summer of Image Comics or whatever -- let's lead with an Image one-shot from its growing creative bench. Riley Rossmo has always seemed like one of those cartoonists just looking for a hit on which to blossom. Anyway, one reason we go to the comics shop is to find new comics by new talent, and for many folks this will qualify. For others it will be a hundred miles away from any reason they read comics, and that's okay, too.

imageFEB120313 RICHARD STARKS PARKER THE SCORE $24.99
The third of Darwyn Cooke's adaptation of Richard Stark's Parker material: a high-skill, high-pedigree project, like a shiny car with fins parked next to a fleet of Pintos.

MAY128003 THIEF OF THIEVES #1 5TH PTG $2.99
I think they just threw this one in there so it looked like Kirkman was making fun of other creators.

MAY120478 WALKING DEAD #100 CHROMIUM ED (MR) $9.99
MAY120469 WALKING DEAD #100 CVR A ADLARD (MR) $3.99
MAY120470 WALKING DEAD #100 CVR B SILVESTRI (MR) $3.99
MAY120471 WALKING DEAD #100 CVR C QUITELY (MR) $3.99
MAY120472 WALKING DEAD #100 CVR D MCFARLANE (MR) $3.99
MAY120473 WALKING DEAD #100 CVR E PHILLIPS (MR) $3.99
MAY120474 WALKING DEAD #100 CVR F HITCH (MR) $3.99
MAY120475 WALKING DEAD #100 CVR G OTTLEY (MR) $3.99
MAY120476 WALKING DEAD #100 CVR H ADLARD WRAP (MR) $3.99
This is your #1 comic book of the month and has to be the most depressing #1 comic book of the month of the last 20 years not a DC comic book event prominently featuring the rape and murder of a Nora Charles/Pam North stand-in. Anyway, 100 issues of a serial comic book is quite the achievement, and I hope its creators enjoy the cash windfall no doubt coming their way because that's what the Image deal does really well.

MAY120635 AVX VS #4 $3.99
This is the latest issue of Marvel's latest event series, and just about the only thing reliably flying off the shelves in the Might Marvel Way if the various mainstream-oriented pundits are to be believed. I think it's gaining momentum as a story with a lot of those readers, which is something Marvel really needed.

MAY120990 ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE SCREAM QUEENS #1 MAIN CVRS $3.99
This is your comic playing the role of "big hit in the small pond of well-received comics featuring work from creators whose talent is such you wish they could sell more of their own work, although complaining about that when they're doing a perfectly fine comic like this seems ungenerous." You know the kind of comic I'm talking about.

DEC110990 KIRBY GENESIS #8 $3.99
Eight Issues! Holy crap, I'm completely behind on this endorsed-by-the-heirs series. Have I missed anything?

MAY121133 TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE #8 (MR) $4.95
I can't imagine there's a better single-issue buy out there; Michael Kupperman is one of comics' funniest people, and probably its most consistent right now. That Mark Twain book he did was a gift for a half-dozen of my friends, and he's a better cartoonist than a prose writer.

MAR120053 BLACKSAD SILENT HELL HC $19.99
It's not a series that I follow, but I know that a lot of readers have a great deal of affection for the Blacksad series, and I imagine this week will be all about that book dropping for a ton of folks.

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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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