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July 11, 2007


This Isn't A Library: New and Notable Releases to the Comics Direct Market

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Here are a few books that jump out at me from this week's probably mostly 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 following -- I might not buy any of the darn things -- but were I in a comic book shop I would likely pick them up and look at them, potentially resulting in mean words and hurt feelings between me and my retailer.

*****

MAY070013 MARTHA WASHINGTON DIES (ONE SHOT) $3.50
I largely skipped these series, but this is Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons, individual creators each with an impeccable action-adventure comic pedigree, on the final chapter in that character's life.

APR070257 CLUBBING $9.99
This is another Minx book, one that can offer Andi Watson. If there's a spiritual antecedent to what DC is trying to do with Minx, it would probably be a comic done by Watson.

MAY071842 JACK KIRBYS SILVER STAR HC $34.99
MAY072180 DEVIL DINOSAUR BY JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS HC $29.99
The Summer of Kirby Collections continues with 1) a work for Pacific that may have more historical value than aesthetic value, and 2) one of the least distinguished titles from 1970s run at Marvel (although one I peronsall . I'm not sure which I'd buy first, but I'll probably check various retail web sites to see how much the original comics cost before making that commitment.

MAY072182 NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE VOL 2 I KICK YOUR FACE PREMIERE HC $19.99
APR073661 SPENT HC (MR) $19.95
Two trades that may or may not have appeared on previous shipping lists, each worth at least a pick-up-and-look. Spent is Joe Matt's latest masterwork about being cheap and masturbating a lot. NextWAVE: Agents of Hate is Warren Ellis' latest comedy that makes fun of people that are cheap and masturbate a lot.

APR073914 COMICS COMICS (MR) $2.95
This is over-sized newsprint, lovely-looking (see above) and full of engaging essays where writers stake out a unique aesthetic position and then defend it. A lot of comics coverage leaves off that first part. The third and best issue.

APR074012 DEEVEE 2007 $4.95
An Australian anthology that never quite managed to enter the first ranks of comics collectives but steadily improved with each and every issue. A new incarnation therefore sounds promising.

MAY073691 NEXUS #99 SPACE OPERA ACT 1 OF 4 $2.99
I plan on reading it wearing a sleeveless, mesh t-shirt and a pair of plastic wraparound Merritt Butrick-style visor shades.

*****

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.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, 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.

If I didn't list your new comic, you're welcome to assume the worst of me, but it's likely I just missed it. I'm sorry.
 
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