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February 10, 2009

This Isn't A Library: New And Notable Releases To The Comics Direct Market



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 pick up the following and look them over, causing my retailer to look over his glasses and chuckle disapprovingly.


Two hardcovers from Grant Morrison. I really liked the material in All Star Superman -- although I have to imagine that the Absolute version of this comic will be the one to get -- and found baffling the comics I read that I think may be going into Batman RIP.

DEC080105 BATMAN #686 (NOTE PRICE) $3.99
The first of Neil Gaiman's two-issue coda to Batman sort of kicking the bucket for twenty minutes or something in the Grant Morrison comics I didn't understand. Okay, that last part of the sentence talked me down a dollar, not up a dollar... but because it's Neil Gaiman I started at $4.99. Whew!

DEC082360 CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #10 $2.99
I'm always nervous when a fun superhero title I was waiting to be canceled so I could pick up all the issues for $1 a pop makes it past issue #10.

DEC082281 DARKNESS #75 KEOWN CVR B $4.99
DEC082282 DARKNESS #75 SEJIC CVR C $4.99
Some days we deserve whatever the economy wants to do to us.

OCT082436 PATSY WALKER HELLCAT #5 (OF 5) $2.99
NOV088098 INCOGNITO #1 2ND PTG PHILLIPS VAR (MR) (PP #851) $3.50
NOV082429 INCOGNITO #2 (MR) $3.50
DEC080049 BPRD BLACK GODDESS #2 (OF 5) $2.99
DEC080050 HELLBOY WILD HUNT #3 (OF 8) $2.99
DEC082269 WALKING DEAD #58 (MR) $2.99
If I had access to a comics shop, I would buy all of these comics today. That would be $23, and I would have a good time reading them. Just sayin'. Congratulations to Kathryn Immonen on completing her Hellcat series. You know, I really like Linda Medley's Castle Waiting as a comic book, and I wish more people felt the same. It's not even my kind of thing, but Medley has such a sure hand I'm to happy to follow her wherever with this kind of entertainment.

NOV082240 SWORD TP VOL 02 WATER (MR) $14.99
I like the Luna Brothers. I think they're nuts, but a really specific kind of mainstream media-savvy lunacy. Their comics are like the HBO movie you turn on at 2 AM to waste 10 minutes but you watch the whole thing and then gingerly bring it up the next time you're hanging with your buddies only to find out all of them have already seen it.

MAR083634 SABRE 30TH ANN HC (MR) $14.99
It's officially been 30 years since the American comic book industry started its shift towards ruining my life. Starring Jimi Hendrix.


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 blame special forces.

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