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May 25, 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 spy on a few of the following.

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MAY090844 BEST AMERICAN COMICS CRITICISM SC $19.99
You can read all about it here.

MAR100181 BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #2 OF (6) $3.99
Strangely, this is the only superhero comic book that popped out at me this week -- Grant Morrison on Batman in various time periods. I haven't seen it, but that sounds kind of fun.

DEC090221 WEDNESDAY COMICS HC $49.99
DC's broadsheet-sized hit and miss anthology, featuring a selection of solid creative teams working on a college preview course's group of superhero characters featuring various big hitters. I imagine better paper, discounted bookseller price points and the overall impressive size of the thing will do wonders for it's reconsidered.

MAR101053 COMPLETE LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE HC VOL 05 $49.99
I think these are some of the best comics of all time, and they're being done up right by IDW.

JAN101031 TORPEDO HC VOL 02 $24.99
You won't find any prettier comics this year.

SEP090281 COMPLETE INVINCIBLE LIBRARY HC VOL 02 LTD S/N ED $175.00
I read this series in comic book form, but it's a sign of its health that it sells in multiple iterations. This is obviously the fanciest.

MAR100479 DAZZLER #1 $3.99
The character of Dazzler has been around longer than Indiana Jones. Of course it isn't the age, it's the mileage. Not much mileage on this character.

MAR100661 THOR LATVERIAN PROMETHEUS TP $14.99
Okay, this just looks like they're stringing random words together.

APR100933 BIG QUESTIONS #14 (MR) $7.95
The latest Anders Nilsen and one of the last few alt-comics standing.

FEB101169 DAVE MCKEAN POSTCARD FROM BRUSSELS HC $18.00
A small McKean set of portraits from the city in question. I think there have been others; I've never seen one. Sure sounds pretty good, though, right?

FEB100918 DUNGEON QUEST SC BK 01 $12.99
Joe Daly's latest, an Angouleme Festival essential book this year in its French-language iteration, is so deeply weird it makes his oddball Hergé pastiche in his last work look like actual, straight-forward Hergé.

DEC090861 SEARCH FOR SMILIN ED GN $16.99
A major collection from an A-List comics talent. This time out the great Kim Deitch examines the nature of entertainment through the ways audiences encounter, process and recall it. The joyful image-making couldn't be more entertaining to drink in.

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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 because this entire reality is a purgatory from which I learn by making mistakes.

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