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July 26, 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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JUN121298 UNDERWATER WELDER GN $19.95
This is emerging two-camp comics star Jeff Lemire's latest in the non-superhero realm, and was strongly recommended to buyers by publisher Chris Staros at the big funnybook show. Lemire is carving out a nice space for himself with these sizable graphic novels, which is particularly admirable given his mainstream comics workload. Lemire's "Kid Eternity" revamp is also out this week, I think, in the National Comics title.

imageMAY120623 PROPHET #27 $2.99
Not a big week for serial comics -- and least not obviously so, on a first pass -- but this well-regarded run continues.

MAY120328 SPACEMAN #8 (MR) $2.99
One could argue that this is potentially the most important not-as-successful-as-some-hoped comic since Divine Right. I have no idea if it's any good; I haven't seen a copy, and I haven't read a substantial review of it anywhere, I don't think. It seems weird it doesn't even have penetration with on-line comics reviewers.

MAY120055 BPRD HELL ON EARTH EXORCISM #2 $3.50
MAR128224 HELLBOY TP 03 CHAINED COFFIN AND OTHERS $19.99
MAR128226 HELLBOY TP VOL 10 CROOKED MAN & OTHERS (NEW PTG) $19.99
Your Mignola-verse offerings of the week, albeit heavy on the new versions of old work side of things.

APR120328 ARAGONES GROO THE WANDERER ARTIST ED HC PI
FEB128228 WALLY WOOD EC STORIES ARTIST ED HC 2ND PTG (NEW CVR) $125.00
Two of the fun Artist's Edition book. The Wood is a no-brainer -- if they found a way to paint Wally Wood on the walls of the Grand Canyon, I'd be on the first burro. The Aragones is a bit of a harder sell -- everyone loves that work but Aragones is such a naturally precise artist that watching him be perfect in every panel seems a prospect along the lines of watching those pop bands that sings immaculate pop songs that sound just the same as the recorded offering. I did see that book, though, and I did find it intriguing -- there was some work done on the pages, and the quality of image-making really steps to the forefront when you're looking at comics published at that size.

MAY120763 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 01 $15.99
This is very well-regarded superhero comics work by an established, resurgent veteran and a team of talented artists. I read one issue of it, I think, and remember liking it. This may be one you buy in book form rather than wait for the dollar bins -- that being a note about how many books eventually get discounted as opposed to a shot at any of those books' quality. You can really get 98 percent of all serial comics at a reduced price if you wait a while, it seems. Anyway, that's Marvel's most reliable character.

MAR121257 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 21 $12.99
Always worth a look if not a blind buy. No one would look at you funny if this was the only reason you showed up in the shop this week.

MAY121423 CEREBUS THE BARBARIAN MESSIAH SC $45.00
MAY121432 MEANING OF SUPERHERO COMIC BOOKS SC $40.00
MAY121434 SEXUAL IDEOLOGY IN THE WORKS OF ALAN MOORE SC $40.00
I guess these are all from the same company, which is pretty great. I can't speak to the second listed here but the first and third are almost always rich, rewarding subjects. There's an essay on Gerhard in the Cerebus book I look forward to reading.

MAY121304 MARIE SEVERIN MIRTHFUL MISTRESS OF COMICS SC $24.95
Let the Marie Severin re-appreciation begin now and may it become a tidal wave. Her work was a lot of fun, and looks better now than it was regarded at the time.

JAN121111 SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS SC $24.99
Not comics: a book featuring the essay/object pairings organized by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker, which you can read about here.

MAY121319 SAKURAN GN VOL 01 $16.95
I'm not familiar with this artist, even though the publishing history is such I probably should be. The samples look very striking, though, and it was recommended on the Best Of side of things at the manga critics panel in San Diego. It's on my reading desk.

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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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