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September 8, 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 if I were anywhere near a comic shop, I would detect the possibility of fun inside, and I would make me way indoors.

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JUN100282 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 08 DIRGE (MR) $14.99
I wasn't the audience for this classic Vertigo series, but I'm glad to see DC make the effort to keep it in print, because I still occasionally hear from people buying it for the first time.

JUL100428 WALKING DEAD 2011 CALENDAR $14.99
I had the 2009 calendar, and it was very handsome. Plus, nothing about my office set-up that entire year screamed "I have a ridiculous job" more loudly and more clearly to anyone that visited.

JUL100588 INVADERS NOW #1 (OF 5) $3.99
One creative flourish of mainstream comics that's always stuck me as strange is the desire to connect not just its "modern" superheroes to modern times but to make those heroes tied into World War II have a presence in modern times, too. Can you imagine a world where Jimmy Doolittle and Audie Murphy were running around having adventures in Afghanistan?

JUL100599 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #30 $2.99
JUL100070 BPRD HELL ON EARTH NEW WORLD #2 (OF 5) $3.50
The latest from two reliably entertaining mainstream comics efforts.

JUL100246 DAYTRIPPER #10 (OF 10) (MR) $2.99
JUL100354 STARSTRUCK #13 (OF 13) $3.99

Some folks complain about the lack of comic-book comics to pick up at the comic book store, but I have to imagine if I had a store anywhere nearby that would carry such things, I would have enjoyed picking up issues of both of these series. Because I don't, it's like they don't exist. Coverage: not just your parents' comics industry issue.

JUL100724 GLAMOURPUSS #15 $3.00
This is another one that would make total sense as a comic store purchase -- for one thing, it would extend your reading experience about three comics' worth just because Sim's approach to comics is so dense and word-heavy -- and without one nearby tends to fade into the background.

MAR100942 HOT MOMS #10 (O/A) (A) $4.95
You know what I miss the most about the 1990 comics porn explosion? The titles. They always had the best titles.

JUL100985 LOUIS RIEL A COMIC STRIP BIOGRAPHY TP (NEW PTG) $17.95
JUL100983 BERLIN TP BOOK 01 NEW PTG $22.95
Two reprints from the D+Q library that should be in your library.

APR101071 SIMON & KIRBY SUPERHEROES HC $49.95
MAY101012 FROM SHADOW TO LIGHT GN MORT MESKIN $39.99
JUN101099 COMPLETE HARLEM HEROES TP $25.50
MAY100403 X-9 SECRET AGENT CORRIGAN TP VOL 01 $49.99
MAY100028 CONAN NEWSPAPER STRIPS HC VOL 01 $34.99
FEB100059 CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 07 $49.99
APR100048 MIGHTY SAMSON ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $49.99
It should be obvious where the strength of this week's new releases lies -- the past! There's everything from curated anthologies (the Simon & Kirby book) to lavishly illustrated and sampled history (the Mort Meskin book -- that guy was the only Golden Age artist other than Lou Fine to make a specific impression on me before I was a teen), to complete I-can't-believe-they're-publishing-it semi-obscurities (Conan, the Harlem Heroes book), to strip collections targeting a specific run of material (the Corrigan, which is the Goodwin/Williamson run) to books for which I've run out of descriptives (the latest Creepy; the Mighty Samson). Oh, to be rich.

JUL100703 SPIDER-MAN FEVER TP $14.99
Brendan McCarthy's Spider-Man/Doctor Strange story, which people seemed 4.5 percent less excited about with every image that was released. I'll be getting one eventually.

JUN101151 TWIN SPICA GN VOL 03 $10.95
I still hope the author will find something as original to do with the classroom drama as the mystical and space culture aspects of this series about students in a pre-astronaut educational program, but I have to admit that the second volume was 50 percent more interesting than the first and I'll be picking this one up.

MAY100133 BATMAN AND ROBIN #14 $2.99
JUL100140 BATMAN ODYSSEY #3 (OF 13) $3.99
Two Batman projects I'd probably be buying if I had a shop nearby, although I'd be buying them for very, very different reasons.

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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, that's because I'm sad I'm not going to SPX.

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