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July 14, 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 this week, I'd spy out on the some of the following.

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DEC090244 ABSOLUTE PLANETARY HC BOOK 02 $75.00
I suppose this is very beautiful in that format at that size. Do comic book stores have a hard time selling big-ticket items that are available on-line at a discount? That must sound like the dumbest question in the world, but it just re-occurred to me that that might be kind of difficult.

MAY100170 MAGOG #11 $2.99
Remember when we used to sit on the porch all summer long, drinking lemonade and reading copies of Magog?

APR100216 RED TORNADO FAMILY REUNION TP $17.99
I have no idea what's in this book, so please nobody involved take this personally, but the phrase "spinner rack in Hell" is the first thing that popped into my head.

MAY100219 SUPER FRIENDS #29 $2.99
There's a Super Friends comic? Is it frustrating and they never fight anybody? Because that was Super Friends when I was a kid.

MAY100149 SUPERMAN #701 $2.99
Oh, just walk home already. Batman's struggling to come back from the dead, Superman's walking around aimlessly and Wonder Woman's lost her memory. Sounds like spring break at Pompano Beach, 1992.

FEB100199 VIKING PRINCE BY JOE KUBERT HC $39.99
If I remember correctly, Viking Prince was the first feature DC launched after the institution of the comics code and was the last major that Joe Kubert drew a lot of before loosening up his style. I also remember the stories were kind of pedestrian. Wouldn't mind picking this one up and looking at it, though.

MAY100394 JENNIFER LOVE HEWITTS MUSIC BOX TP VOL 01 $19.99
Had to read that title twice.

MAY100361 RICHARD STARKS PARKER MAN WITH GETAWAY FACE (PRELUDE) $2.00
This was a pretty cool little story super-compressing the second Parker prose book. I had this one out on the table for a few weeks after picking it up at WonderCon and it was super-popular with folks around here.

MAY100470 BULLETPROOF COFFIN #2 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
The first issue of this one looked really nice, and is the latest in the Image (not really a) line of legitimately funky boys comics.

FEB100400 ORC STAIN #4 (MR) $2.99
And here's the team captain of that line. This funkily-drawn series has been difficult for to sink my teeth into, if I'm going to be completely honest about everything. I'm sure I'll come around.

APR100451 CHEW #12 (MR) $2.99
The most recent indy-comics hit. If you had this one in the pool, you are wagering in an extraordinarily arcane pool.

MAY100464 SWORD TP VOL 04 AIR (MR) $14.99
I like the Luna Brothers. They make very earnest comics. Is this the last one? I missed the last comic book. If you see me in San Diego, don't tell me what happens.

FEB100921 CATALOG 439 BURLESQUE PARAPHERNALIA SC $22.99
I can't tell if this is really cool-sounding or if that title reads like an unfortunate google translation.

MAY100703 INVADERS CLASSIC TP VOL 04 $29.99
I'd have to pick this one up to be sure -- the point of this column, of course -- but this book could feature some really cool Frank Robbins art. Frank Robbins drew everyone pulsating and sweaty, which is how I always imagine World War II. The only thing I'd wonder after is I swear I bought a complete run of 1970s Invaders comics for less than $30 like a year ago.

MAY100607 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #28 $2.99
MAY100684 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 04 STARK DISASSEMBLED $19.99
Double-dose of Iron Man. It's one of two superhero books I'm irregularly buying right now in serial form and would buy with greater deliberation if I were anywhere near a comics shop.

FEB100594 MARVEL ART OF JOE QUESADA HC $49.99
This would be hilarious if Quesada couldn't draw at all.

MAY100625 THANOS IMPERATIVE #2 (OF 6) $3.99
Why couldn't they have just left Thanos alone, happy and married to Franka Potente?

MAY100829 COMIC BOOK GUY THE COMIC BOOK #1 (OF 5) $3.99
I'm not going to say it, but I'll admit I was tempted.

APR108138 MOME GN VOL 19 (PP# 922) $14.99
This is a really good issue, leaning more towards Eric Reynolds' "I edited Dirty Stories and my own comics can be terribly frightening" side than his art comics side. Some very potent, troubling short stories and some unorthodox yet beautiful-looking comics art.

FEB108422 PLAYWRIGHT HC (MR) $14.95
APR101089 PLAYWRIGHT HC (MR) $14.95
Eddie Campbell and Daren White and I've been anxiously awaiting this one for a while.

MAY101089 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 06 FINEST HOUR $11.99
Hello, this week's wholly-deserving press attention and sales juggernaut. I hope Bryan Lee O'Malley's having a blast. Edit: I just had a couple of retailers writing in to remind that this isn't going on sale until next week, and even then only in early fashion to the stores doing a midnight sale Monday night next week. So you won't be able to buy one this week I still want to make note of it, so this stays up. Plus if you're like me you may blow off going to the comics shop until next Monday night anyway.

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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... well, are you certain you wanted me to?

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