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May 18, 2010


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 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. But were I in a comic book shop tomorrow I would be totally checking these out for later download to my iPad.

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MAR100302 AIR #21 (MR) $2.99
Another issue, another dollar I owe my friend Murray. I'm beginning to suspect that first issue was designed to trick us into thinking "immediate cancellation." But I kind of liked that first issue. Only three dollars to go, though, which is terrible news. I would have kept paying.

MAR100516 AVENGERS #1 HA $3.99
MAR100161 BRIGHTEST DAY #2 $2.99
Two potential #1 selling books of the month. The Avengers comics is the anchor book in Marvel's new "Heroic Age" foray. As for the Green Lantern-focused Brightest Day, I wonder if three years from now they will launch a bunch of mini-series out of Aquaman? At this point, it wouldn't surprise me. I still don't know what this one's about. Zombies?

JAN100330 EX MACHINA #49 (MR) $2.99
JAN100331 EX MACHINA DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 03 (MR) $29.99
This has been a sturdy performer and I believe it's nearing its final issue.

MAR100304 JOE THE BARBARIAN #5 (OF 8) (MR) $2.99
Did I stop paying attention to people talking about this, or did people stop taking about this? It's the eternal question.

MAR100210 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1 $3.99
If nothing else, Paul Levitz's return points out how much more fun the Legion and mainstream comics in general were back in the days when an issue of teen superheros cost $.40 rather than $4.00. You know what they should do? Just declare these characters open source.

MAR100234 ZATANNA #1 $2.99
!yrruH .gnitnaw enoyna enigami t'nac I koob rof deen tekram etaerC

MAR100214 SPIRIT #2 $3.99
JAN100456 ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #23 $2.99
FEB100403 WALKING DEAD #72 (MR) $2.99
Three comics I'd consider picking up if I were in a comics store and loaded with bucks. The first one has more art from Moritat, the latter two are Robert Kirkman comics including I think the second-to-last Wolfman comic. That one's kind of more entertaining for the fact it didn't work out.

SEP090280 COMPLETE INVINCIBLE LIBRARY HC VOL 02 $125.00
As much as I collect these comics I collect them in comic book form, so no thank you, but it's another sign of Robert Kirkman's matter-of-fact success he's been able to bust these comics out into all kinds of formats without anyone I know of complaining.

JUN090893 CAPTAIN EASY HC VOL 01 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE $39.99
The best adventure comic everywhere; Crane's clean, thought-out actions scenes are a tonic for all those confused superhero fight scenes out there today.

MAR100916 CATLAND EMPIRE GN $29.95
This is a longer work from former Petits Livres featured artist Keith Jones.

FEB100789 LEONARD STARRS MARY PERKINS ON STAGE TP VOL 07 $24.95
FEB100790 STAN DRAKE HEART JULIET JONES TP VOL 03 $24.95
How great is it that there are ten volumes of these books between the two series?

JAN100915 MASTERPIECE COMICS HC (O/A) (MR) $19.95
How great is it that demand for a Bob Sikoryak comic was such that it needs to be offered again?

MAR100951 WALLY GROPIUS HC $18.99
FEB100912 WEATHERCRAFT HC $19.99
Two generations of cartooning from Fantagraphics. The all-new Weathercraft is my book of the week and would be my book for most weeks, frankly.

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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 here, I'm sure there are many universes where I did.

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