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March 22, 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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DEC100420 STARSTRUCK HC DLX ED $49.99
This thing is very, very, very pretty-looking, and for many comics readers contains a bunch of really well-crafted comics with which they have little to no experience, the same way that certain folks only come to certain award-winning cable TV series when they're finally out in some sort of complete collection. Definitely one you'll want to take a peek at in the store.

DEC100192 BATMAN INCORPORATED #4 $2.99
JAN110420 FABLES #103 (MR) $2.99
JAN110429 NEW YORK FIVE #3 (OF 4) (MR) $2.99
AUG100480 INVINCIBLE #78 $2.99
Here's an almost certainly less-than-comprehensive smattering of old-fashioned, well-regarded serial comic books from the mainstream companies. Comics still offers this experience, but it's really mainstream comics-focused.

NOV100042 FINDER LIBRARY TP VOL 01 $24.99
DEC100459 INVINCIBLE HC 06 ULTIMATE COLL $34.99
DEC108232 JACK STAFF TP VOL 01 EVERYTHING USED TO BE B & W (NEW PTG) $19.99
DEC101021 STUMPTOWN HC VOL 01 $29.99
That weekly serial comic book experience has been replaced by a trades-driven one, equivalent smattering of those kinds of books above. I doubt very much that as many people routinely buy as many different kinds of books if they're working mostly through trades, although you never know.

SEP100408 JEFFREY JONES A LIFE IN ART S/N LTD ED $79.99
I'm not the natural audience for this, but if it were in my comic shop, I'd definitely want to take a look.

JAN110748 FF #1 $3.99
This is the new Fantastic Four minus the Human Torch comic book, at Marvel's now-preferred price point. One hopes that the storyline maneuvers allow this one to sell at a higher level than might have been possible without them.

JAN110702 CAPTAIN AMERICA #615 POINT ONE $2.99
JAN110708 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BATROC #1 $3.99
JAN110720 CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 70TH ANNIV ED $4.99
JAN110711 CAPTAIN AMERICA MAN OUT OF TIME #5 (OF 5) $3.99
JAN110766 CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN MGC #1 $1.00
JAN110870 ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 06 $19.99
This seems like a lot of Captain America to me, given that the character seems right now a modest success as opposed to a runaway one, and even the potentially perception-changing movie is months off. I'm sure I'd enjoy most of these comics on some level, and have certainly had fun with the vast majority of what I've read on the character from writer Ed Brubaker over the last few years. It just strikes me as odd, and potentially unhealthy.

imageJAN111311 HEAVY HAND GN (MR) $14.00
This is one of the more memorable books in recent memory, something I've read three time all the way through without quite comfortably picking up on what Chris Cilla is doing, and why. It's hard not to love books that can do that.

DEC100962 ARCTIC MARAUDER HC (MR) $16.99
Another gorgeous book, this time from Fantagraphics' continued and sustained exploration into Jacques Tardi's album-making career.

JAN111314 BOOKHUNTER GN (O/A) (MR) $15.00
Jason Shiga has quietly become one of those cartoonists where more and more people are just purchasing everything he does, sight unseen.

DEC101027 CARDBOARD VALISE GN $25.95
I don't want to live in a world where a new Ben Katchor release isn't a major event, even if as a world it has to be a subset of the wider comics world. This is work from I think about 10 years ago -- the work he was serializing the last time Katchor had a book out -- touched up and perhaps even tightened by the talented cartoonist. If you had to make a wager for a book of the year candidate from a long, raw list of cartoonists and their projects, this would be your safest bet.

DEC100960 DUNGEON QUEST GN VOL 02 $12.99
Joe Daly's wildly odd series of archly-told adventure comics continues. What a great initial run of books we've seen from South Africa's Daly, and this one may feature his most potent cartooning yet.

JAN111285 NEW CHARACTER PARADE GN (MR) $12.00
Johnny Ryan's densely-packed comedy book, a must for fans of humor comics generally and certainly for Ryan fans specifically.

DEC101009 SKY OVER THE LOUVRE HC $19.99
I take it this is another of NBM's English-language publication of a series of graphic albums revolving around the museum in the title.

JAN111435 DODGEM LOGIC MAGAZINE #7 (MR) $7.00
Alan Moore's magazine seems always worth one's attention, although I have to admit if there's one publication my friends tell me they're buying in order to read later on, it's this publication. I'm not sure what that says, and in my world, that's not a criticism, but it's intriguing.

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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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