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June 23, 2009


This Isn't A Library: New And 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 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. But were I in a comic book shop tomorrow I would more than likely spin them around in my chair and give them a full shampoo and styling.

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JAN092559 ULTIMATES BY MARK MILLAR & BRYAN HITCH OMNIBUS HC $99.99
MAR090083 TUROK SON OF STONE ARCHIVES HC VOL 02 $49.95
Comics I would definitely buy were I independently wealthy, although they may be much further up on your personal preference chart, even in the must-have category. The first asks, "what if superheroes were more R-rated movie kind of real?" The second asks, "What would happen if Indiana met dinosaurs." These are perfectly reasonable questions in comics circles.

APR090051 USAGI YOJIMBO #121 $3.50M
According to testimony from a couple of you that read this site, the only serial-comic reason for many to go to the comic book shop.

MAR090174 ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER TP VOL 01 $19.99
All the good "goddamn" jokes have been done. I've barely read this series so I've been looking forward to its collection.

APR090620 CEREBUS ARCHIVE #2 $3.00
APR090621 CEREBUS ARCHIVE #2 ZOMBIE & OBAMA VAR $15.00
I bet Dave Sim draws a bitchin' zombie, so I'd certainly want to see the second. Probably buy the first, though.

APR090787 GOATS INFINITE TYPEWRITERS TP VOL 01 $14.00
MAR094249 LOW MOON $24.99
The latest webcomics turned print comics, with the first being a classic series and the second an anthology built around one of the New York Times Sunday Magazine comic.

APR090953 TREASURY 20TH CENTURY MURDER HC VOL 02 FAMOUS PLAYERS $15.95
FEB090207 JLA DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 02 $29.99
Two much-loved comics makers with second volumes collecting career-defining works. And that's about it for similarities, really.

APR090595 PATSY WALKER HELLCAT TP DM ED $16.99
I thought this was funny and charming and it's entirely possible that at some point in the near future Marvel will stop doing mini-series with second- or lower-rung characters of any kind so maybe we should enjoy them now.

FEB094480 TEZUKAS BLACK JACK TP VOL 05 $16.95
Of 17. Seventeen!

MAR094041 REMAKE GN VOL 01 (MR) $12.95
FEB094018 REX LIBRIS TP VOL 02 BOOK OF MONSTERS $17.95
APR090806 PRAYER REQUESTED GN $15.95
Here's a trio of books that might slip under your radar: AdHouse Books' latest discovery, the second trade from James Turner's funny and sometimes hard to parse Rex Libris series, and the latest in D&Q's modest, sort-of art books line.

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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 didn't list your comic, I'm not sure what to say.

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