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November 14, 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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SEP121193 NURSE NURSE GN (MR) $15.00
SEP121194 PASSAGE ONE SHOT (MR) $6.50
Two solid releases from Sparkplug: the Katie Skelly that's been out since I think SPX 2012, and the Tessa Brunton that I think has been out for a year or more. I have no idea if this is the first time either book has entered the direct market but any store that carries the above is a gift and I'd consider supporting them with a purchase just on principle. Not that you need to resort to principle on behalf of either book!

imageSEP120433 SCENE O/T CRIME DLX HC (MR) [DIG] $24.99
AUG120489 ROCK BOTTOM HC [DIG] $19.99
Two Image Comics re-issues of material that you may already own in their original incarnation. The Scene Of The Crime work from Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark was the first of Brubaker's crime work that really screamed out a future for the writer in film and television -- it's very "Young Rockford," in a good way. The Rock Bottom was a bit more obscure; that's a Joe Casey-written take on rock superheroes, picking at that specific formulation as it goes along, attempting to find hidden and not-so-hidden metaphorical death. Both, I think, are rare comics in that they're set in Los Angeles. Could be wrong about that, though.

JUL120075 CRIME DOES NOT PAY ARCHIVES HC VOL 03 $49.99
I have the first couple of volumes in this series and I'm familiar with the Biro work more generally, although I haven't given these new books a close read. They're certainly informative of a certain kind of work that has a place on the stands right now.

JUL120055 LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 02 BURNING HAND $17.99
Your Mignola-verse effort of the week.

SEP120975 BOYS #72 (MR) (NOTE PRICE) $4.99
SEP120023 MIND MGMT #0 $2.99
SEP120046 CONAN THE BARBARIAN #10 $3.50
AUG120052 TARZAN ONCE & FUTURE TARZAN ONE SHOT $3.50
AUG120519 INVINCIBLE #97 [DIG] $2.99
SEP120520 SAGA #7 (MR) [DIG] $2.99
SEP120522 THIEF OF THIEVES #10 [DIG] $2.99
SEP120524 WALKING DEAD #104 (MR) [DIG] $2.99
SEP120405 WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS #1 [DIG] $3.50
This is the run of genre comic books available for sale this week that according to my readings of reviews and casual mentions on-line are at least liked by someone out there in a more notable way than some of the other books available. I know how rough a measure that is; sometimes this is a feel game. The Boys comic is I believe the last in this serial series. I haven't caught up to that one since the first dozen or so issues, although some folks swear by it. Satirical works like that tend to more wholeheartedly embrace elements of what they're satirizing as they roll forward, and I have to imagine this is true of that one as well. In other words, some will miss it for the points it made about serial superhero comics; most will likely miss it as a serial superhero comic. The Tarzan comic is Tom Yeates. Whole lot of Robert Kirkman-driven work out this week as well. I'm not sure I'd buy any of these, but I'd make note of every one.

SEP120379 OPUS COMPLETE SUNDAY STRIPS FROM 2003-2008 HC $39.99
The fruitful IDW/Berke Breathed partnership continues, this time with Sundays from Breathed's third and honorably successful run in the syndicated newspaper business. I have a real interest in how this stuff holds up or even just reads all together.

SEP120378 TORPEDO TP VOL 01 $17.99
This is a softcover re-issuance of some nice-looking volumes from IDW, prime-time lovely comics art.

SEP121088 WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK HC VOL 02 XMAS SHACKTOWN $28.99
This is super-pretty work from a comics master and on my reading stand right now. I am not the best reader of archival work as archival work -- I have a bad eye for reproduction issues, and I don't hold precious any sort of arrangement or presentation as special in a way I'd feel them during a book where they didn't exist. But the comics here sure are a lot of fun, and read well today as kind of valentines mailed from the Land Of Narrative.

AUG121247 ASTERIOS POLYP MAZZUCCHELLI SGN BOOKPLATE ED $29.95
AUG121246 BAT MANGA HIST OF BATMAN IN JAPAN KIDD SGN BOOKPLATE ED $60.00
You also probably already have these books, and these aren't new editions as much as something with "signed bookplate" in them -- you probably know if that's important to you, even as I'm not sure if that means anything other than exactly what it indicates -- but I imagine you want both books in your library if you have a shelf of comics or more.

SEP121250 CROSS GAME TP VOL 08 (RES) $14.99
This is the best of the mainstream-type manga series with a volume out this week, and I believe it's the last in a series. I love sports manga as a general rule, although I find them sometimes difficult to read in serial form because of my orientation towards sports and the inner clock I bring to watching various contests.

AUG121147 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE BOX SET VOL 03 & 04 $49.99
AUG121146 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC VOL 04 HOUSE O/T HAUNTS $29.99
More of that Floyd Gottfredson, inky goodness, now in the long stretch of its prime.

AUG121143 PRISON PIT GN VOL 04 (MR) $12.99
Johnny Ryan's -- I first wrote out "Johnny Riot's," which I think I may prefer -- manga-influenced fight comic pushes into the second half of its run with more of the same. It's one of the few series where more of the same is perfectly acceptable.

AUG121466 AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMICS LIFE WRITING IN PICTURES HC $55.00
That strikes me as more of an academic book price point than anything anyone would purchase that's not from a top ten talent and/or an lavishly produced archival work, but now I sort of want to see it.

SEP121089 CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS STOCKING HC $9.99
I'm a fairly obsessive Peanuts reader, so I'll be glad to have this. It looks like it would be a nice little gift book. It may be slight for a directed purchase otherwise, I'd have to hold it in my hands to tell you. That's why comic shops rule, because you can hold stuff in your hand.

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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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