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November 6, 2019


This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases From 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. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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JAN190862 ART OF ROY G KRENKEL FATHER OF HEROIC FANTASY HC $59.99
I can find almost nothing on this week's list of direct interest to me -- -- so I'm going to recommend a couple of old-timey collections and some comics I'd look at it were in a shop but probably not buy. I used to read a lot of these in old 'zines and in stand-alone tear-sheets that I wold buy out of the same box as those 'zines. I could look at the art for hours.

AUG191586 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID HC VOL 14 WRECKING BALL $14.99
This great king of the hybrids is always worth noting, especially as the category surges forward.

SEP190175 COPRA #2 (MR) $3.99
SEP190185 DIE #9 CVR A HANS (MR) $3.99
SEP190186 DIE #9 CVR B RIOS & MUERTO (MR) $3.99
Here's some comic-book comics, including the latest iteration of Michel Fiffe's take on gritty comics of a generation past. I've read a couple of issues of the RPG-soaked comic DIE and I see the multiple editions, so I suppose it's a hit. It's a weird micro-moment at the end of 2019 for mainstream-type genre comics, so what hits moving forward should be interesting.

AUG191222 BLACK TERROR #1 NAKAYAMA LTD VIRGIN CVR $50.00
SEP191072 BLACK TERROR #2 CVR A RAHZZAH $3.99
I have no idea about the provenance of this attempt to comics with the old Black Terror character, let alone what might make one worth $50, but I always liked that costume. It's one of the costumes that were anyone to wear you would be absolutely certain they were a lunatic and not want to have anything to do with them if you could help it.

APR192022 MAC RABOY MASTER OF THE COMICS HC $39.95
I like the way Raboy's comics look and always i'm not sure if he's a master or a highly skilled journeyman, but my sense is that he was popular among his peers and has retained that reputation through today.

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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 failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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