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May 8, 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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JAN190846 VIOLETTE AROUND THE WORLD HC VOL 02 NEW WORLD SYMPHONY $12.99
This book seemed old fashioned in a good way, but that doesn't make it a reliable measure of books to come.

MAR191961 5 WORLDS GN VOL 03 RED MAZE $12.99
MAR191962 5 WORLDS HC GN VOL 03 RED MAZE $20.99
Hey, it's the latest from Mark Siegel and gang as they crest the halfway point of their thriller.

OCT181246 WAVES ORIGINAL GN HC $14.99
I don't see a lot of this kind of broad mainstream fantasy from companies like Boom, but I'm always interested to look how they fit in once they arise.

FEB190557 ASTRO CITY AFTERMATHS HC $24.99
I'm reminded a bunch that the Astro City suite of characters and adventure will soon wrap things up.

MAR198246 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 (OF 12) 2ND PTG $4.99
MAR190560 WONDER TWINS #4 (OF 6) $3.99
MAR190950 AGE OF CONAN BELIT #3 (OF 5) $3.99
MAR190820 UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #44 SUJIN JO MARVEL BATTLE LINES VA $3.99
MAR190819 UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #44 WR $3.99
MAR190913 UNSTOPPABLE WASP #7 $3.99
MAR190914 UNSTOPPABLE WASP #7 SUJIN JO MARVEL BATTLE LINES VAR $3.99
I'm either confused or confused by the comics on this list. Not sure why finishing the Watchmen work wasn't a bigger priority given how valuable that milieu has been for the publisher,.

MAR190057 COPRA TP VOL 02 (MR) $19.99
This is one of the Michel Fiffe books and by this time you kind of either get a thrill from his approximation of collective creative delights from 1975-1990 superhero comic book or you sort of don't. It still has a lovely, general look.

MAR190261 DIE DIE DIE AF 2-PACK (BLOODY) $60.00
MAR190260 DIE DIE DIE AF 2-PACK (COLOR) $60.00
FEB191005 THOR BY JASON AARON COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 01 $39.99
I'm a little worried about stunt comics this closely aligned to growing hits, but I suppose anything that allows a creator to foster and support new work is worth exploring in its positive aspects. Jason has done solid work on Marvel's Thor character for a very long time now, and there hasn't been a lot of consistency of any kind at the House Of Ideas.

MAR191318 CEREBUS WOMAN $4.00
I was curious as to what this might be, but that feeling went away when it came time to some actual research. Most of the recent run of Sim books are very, very odd.

JAN192021 GHOST HOG GN $12.99
JAN192022 GHOST HOG HC $21.99
MAR191775 ISLAND BOOK GN $22.99
Two solid performers in the chaotic field of indy-alt all-ages book, Joey Weiser and Evan Dahm, both of whom I think of as fun visual artists given over to lengthy narratives. We could always use a couple more.

FEB191760 AFTER MAN ZOOLOGY OF FUTURE HC $34.99
Hey, I had this book when I was a kid -- the visual history of an imaginary evolutionary path taken by nearby animals when men skedaddle. For a while in elementary school I was pretty sure the book was scientifically rigorous and nearly flunked out of middle-school science. Thanks for having a sense of humor Mr. Moore. I was a weird, pretentious kid and it was probably really tempting to flunk me right out of there.

FEB192182 ART OF NAUSICAA OF VALLEY OF WIND HC $34.99
FEB191541 DAN BRERETON NIGHT OWLS ARTBOOK HC $29.99
Two art books; I assume the Miyazaki is beautiful. Dan Brereton's work is a lot of fun, this weird combination of Liberatore and Richard Sala. In a world where superhero designs can drive entire projects -- a world like our own -- these are specific thrills.

MAR191856 BOOK OF WEIRDO R CRUMB HUMOR COMICS ANTHOLOGY HC (MR) $39.95

I'm looking forward to the reviews on this one, if there are a few of the engaged, combative variety. I thought Weirdo a great series, and a lot of that come from comics that are extremely difficult to engage, including several of Robert Crumb's. Running against culture in the 1980s could take an artist to some peculiar areas, many of which have a hard time holding up as worthy of inquiry to several cartoonists today. Making choices about certain freedoms and boundaries and appetites led to a lot of great work and some that is very hard to stomach. I appreciate the chance to re-examine that work. Many of the cartoonists here, say BN Duncan, it's hard to imagine in a modern context at all.

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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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