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October 13, 2009


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 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 definitely at least pick one of these suckers up, if only to chuck it at the guy behind the counter. Don't follow my lead.

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AUG090038 BPRD 1947 #4 (OF 5) $2.99
AUG090040 HELLBOY WILD HUNT #7 (OF 8) $2.99
JUN090373 ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #19 $2.99
MAY090348 GODLAND #29 $2.99
AUG090367 WALKING DEAD #66 (MR) $2.99
AUG090473 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #136 $2.99
JUL098304 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #17 2ND PTG LARROCA VAR (PP #886) $2.99
A good week for quality, sub-$3 pamphlet-style mainstream comic books.

MAR090226 ABSOLUTE DEATH HC (MR) $99.99
I want to have a life someday where my appraisal that a comic will be pretty at a certain size afforded it by choice of format will be enough for me to order one.

AUG090574 DAREDEVIL RETURN OF KING TP $17.99
I wonder if there are any direct market retailers out there that really could have sold more issues of a pamphlet-format comic book series like Daredevil if the trades didn't come out so quickly. For some reason, I suspect that that's a skill that most comic book retailers simply don't have any more.

AUG090968 ACT I VATE PRIMER HC $24.99
One of the more prominent webcomics collectives out there goes print for at least one volume anyway.

JUL090864 YOU ARE THERE HC $26.99
More beautiful Jacques Tardi, a seminal work in comics for adults in the French-language market and a first-paragraph mention work for both Tardi and writer Jean-Claude Forest.

JUL091247 ART OF OSAMU TEZUKA GOD OF MANGA HC $40.00
Reviewers better thought of than I am have been teasing me with dropped mentions of perusing advance copies of this Abrams art book for a few weeks now. If I were in a comics shop, I'd have my sweaty hands all over this thing.

JUL091030 AMELIA RULES TP VERY NINJA CHRISTMAS $7.99
A lot of people really enjoy this series. I'm not one of those people, but it's not like I wish it harm or anything.

JUL090867 MOME GN VOL 16 SUMMER 09 $14.99
Is this new and late or old and just popping up again? And has any cartoonist not Jack Kirby made better use of a silent, understated quality as it exists in relation to their bolder moments?

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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, you deserve better.

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