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July 23, 2014


This Isn't A Library: New And Notable Releases Into 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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MAR140071 SAKAI PROJECT HC 30 YEARS USAGI YOJIMBO $29.99
MAY141615 LOEG III CENTURY HC COMPLETE ED (MR) $29.95
Two positive publisher-creator relationship share the spotlight SDCC week. Charitable efforts on behalf of Stan and Sharon Sakai reach the published-book stage with Dark Horse's collection of material from other artists featuring the Usagi character. Top Shelf made its name on the basis of its strong service on behalf of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill with the League Of Extraordinary Gentleman books; this is the collection of the latest cycle -- particularly discounted in the standard way that's a lovely, lovely price point.

imageMAY141240 TUKI SAVE THE HUMANS #1 $3.99
Jeff Smith is showing up in San Diego with a full-color comic book for you to buy, the first print collection of material from his Tuki webcomic, which was launched and then relaunched on-line. Smith is indulging the adventure-comics side of his personality here, and it will be interesting to learn how that material looks on printed page.

MAY140083 ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #4 $3.50
MAY140010 GOON OCCASION OF REVENGE #1 $3.50
MAY140038 GROO VS CONAN #1 $3.50
MAY140230 BATMAN #33 (ZERO YEAR) (NOTE PRICE) $4.99
MAY140726 SAGA #21 (MR) $2.99
MAY140739 TREES #3 (MR) $2.99
APR140614 VELVET #6 (MR) $3.50
MAY140817 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 AVENGERS $3.99
MAY140882 STORM #1 ANMN $3.99
These are all the standard comic books that jump out at me this week not by Jeff Smith. I haven't seen a single panel of this final capper series to the Elfquest saga, and four issues seems like it would be enough for me to jump on board. New Goon series; I'm not a reader of that one, but that art is certainly pretty. I like both Groo and Conan, so sign me up for at least picking that one up for a few seconds. The Batman I believe is the last in this current cycle of early Batman stories, featuring the Riddler. That's not material for me, but it seems visually distinctive and well-executed compared to the rest of the line.

MAR140463 MIKE MIGNOLA HELLBOY ARTIST ED PI
Whoa.

MAY140641 SEX TP VOL 02 SUPERCOOL (MR) $14.99
I like this title, which I think plays well into writer Joe Casey's fascination with trying to figure out how certain comic book and comics narratives works: this time around it's 1980s world-building.

MAY140652 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR) $14.99
I'm still reading this in serial form. While I wasn't a fan of this storyline as anything other than a very standard adventure story, I do appreciate the opportunity it gives Kirkman and Adlard to take things in a different direction beginning right after.

APR140786 GOTG BY ABNETT AND LANNING COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 01 $34.99
I've read this material in bits and starts and nearly all of it is enjoyable in that standard Marvel comic book way -- these are the kind of things you read in a hammock while waiting for the 30 minutes of non-swimming time to pass after lunch.

MAY141431 SHADOW HERO GN $17.99
Gene Luen Yang is on board and thus, so am I. I haven't caught up to this material yet so I look forward to seeing it all in one big gulp.

APR141207 SPECIAL EXITS GN $22.99
The feel-good book of the summer, if by feel-good you mean you're going to be somewhat relieved when it stops because it's so heartbreaking and sad. It's good to see this work get another iteration, though, it's awfully well done.

MAY141249 STAN DRAKE HEART JULIET JONES TP VOL 02 $24.95
MAY141250 STAN DRAKE HEART JULIET JONES TP VOL 03 $24.95
Well, you're not going to enjoy looking at anything any more than this one, even that Mignola book.

APR141654 ALTER EGO #127 $8.95
APR141655 BACK ISSUE #74 $8.95
APR140957 BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #11 (MR) $4.99
I salute my peers devotion to print and I pay additional respect to over 200 issues of those first two, at least when combined. That's quite something.

MAY141442 SMILE SC NEW PTG $10.99
MAY141838 GOODNIGHT DARTH VADER HC $14.95
One giant-selling comic and one about to become one. They are fine, fine gifts, all of these books.

MAY140979 STREET ANGEL HC $19.95
APR141272 THROUGH THE WOODS GN $14.99
APR141273 THROUGH THE WOODS HC GN $21.99
Finally, Jim Rugg and Emily Carroll gather together material in their separate projects that were extremely well-liked in earlier forms. It's good to have them back.

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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 because I hate you.

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