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September 21, 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 boldly walk inside and flourish my cape.

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APR100045 DAVE MCKEAN CAGES TP (RES) $29.99
If you don't have one, you should probably get one. I can't decide if the fact that McKean never did another book like it changes our perspective on Cages or not.

MAY100525 ASTONISHING X-MEN XENOGENESIS #3 (OF 5) $3.99
With just about every issue of every X-Men series selling over 200,000 copies an issue, it's no surprise that they'd want to do as many mini-series as possible. Excuse me? They sell how many copies now? Really? That's all? Huh. Well, that makes no sense then.

JUL100458 WALKING DEAD #77 (MR) $2.99
JUL100855 BART SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #16 $4.99
JUL100895 MUPPET SHOW #10 $2.99
JUL108108 CASANOVA #2 2ND PTG BA VAR (MR) (PP #934) $3.99
The cream of the crop of this week's "buy them in serial form" comic book. I've lost track of what's going on in Walking Dead, but I bet it's not cheery. I'll catch up, though -- I'm an honest-to-God consumer of that one in serial form. The Bart Simpson comic is the special with the yearly rotation of guest artists. This could include work that they solicited and then held onto to publish the Sammy Harkham-edited issue, I'm not certain. But that's always a reasonably solid buy. Matt Fraction's Casanova is his best work to date, and it looks like they're doing a nice job with these re-issues/re-workings production wise. And as has been his job for a bit of time now, Roger Langridge plays the music, lights the lights.

MAY101155 ART OF NEAL ADAMS HC $39.95
I'm not sure I'd want it once I had it in my hands, but I sure want to look at it.

APR101069 BEETLE BAILEY HC DAILIES & SUNDAYS 1965-1966 $19.95
This, on the other hand, I'm doing to read just to see what it would be like to read that much Mort Walker all at once.

JUN101000 FIRE WATER BILL EVERETT BIRTH OF MARVEL HC $39.99
Bill Everett is one of my top three all-time mainstream comics industry figures, if not number one, and I can't wait to dig into this book. Although that price point made me go "Sufferin' Shad!"

JUN100985 JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY TUBBY HC VOL 01 $29.95
Book of the week.

JUL101016 ZIPPY GN DING DONG DADDY $19.99
As long as Zippy is being published in some forms, comics will always be at least all right.

MAR100949 FOUR COLOR FEAR FORGOTTEN HORROR COMICS OF THE 1950S TP $29.99
Again, this collection of smaller-house scary comics from the glorious, mainstream past is something I'd want to have in my hands before buying, especially as it seems whenever a collection of this type gets published it's one of three versions from three different publishers.

JUN101067 SMURFS GN VOL 01 THE PURPLE SMURF $5.99
JUN101068 SMURFS GN VOL 02 THE MAGIC FLUTE $5.99
These are fun stories, and I like the production values for the most part. It's one time I don't have kids to read them, too, though, because the typesetting is really small.

JUL101215 WITH THE LIGHT RAISING AUTISTIC CHILD GN VOL 07 $14.99
I don't know anything about this series first-hand -- not past the first volume anyway. This has to be near the end of translatable material, given its creator's death.

JUN100243 WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 YEAR ONE TP $24.99
Solid, thematically quirky superhero comic book stories. Part of a run that may be writer Joe Casey's best work.

FEB101092 SWEDISH COMICS HISTORY SC (MR) $19.95
I like how they're just publishing entire books now related to idle thoughts one has cruising the comics Internet.

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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 threw my computer into the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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