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January 23, 2019


This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into 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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NOV181710 OFF SEASON HC (MR) $24.95
This is a new James Sturm book and longer works by James are always welcome. He is one of the more consistent cartoonists working in the alt/arts world. This one is about the current American spiritual landscape, marriage and vocational struggle, which one guesses from the shape and nature of the acknowledgments is informed by Sturm's personal life. It reminds me of the approach that Sturm has taken with historical moments by foregrounding them, just with right now. I want to read it again.

SEP180261 PROBLEM OF SUSAN AND OTHER STORIES HC $17.99
This is a collection of Neil Gaiman work with exemplars of a kind of art used by Gaiman to provide a visual element to his comics stories. Might be thin page-wise, but I imagine there's gorgeous art in this one.

imageOCT181826 KAIJUMAX SEASON 4 #4 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
OCT181623 WORN TUFF ELBOW #2 $7.95
NOV180515 WILD STORM #19 $3.99
NOV180165 MONSTRESS #19 (MR) $3.99
NOV180171 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #38 (MR) $3.99
NOV180892 IMMORTAL HULK #12 $3.99
A solid to good week for comic-book format comics, although the one that jumped out at me most is a Marc Bell comic that strains at a standard definition for anything it does. I enjoy Zander Cannon's supermax prison comics about giant monsters; they are weird and surprisingly affecting. Marc Bell is a comics genius with whom we are luck to share space and time on this planet. I've enjoyed the deliberate pacing on the Warren Ellis reconsideration of the Wildstorm concept. Monstress is a big hit for its publisher and I imagine Outcast and Immortal Hulk to be modest ones that likely won't be around 18 months from now. I'm bad at betting that kind of thing, but Outcast I think a mere ten issues away from calling it a day. Who knows with iterations of Marvel characters?

NOV181855 COLLECTED TOPPI HC VOL 01 ENCHANTED WORLD $24.99
NOV181785 FISTFUL OF DRAWINGS SC $25.00
NOV181790 OLYMPIANS HC GN VOL 11 HEPHAISTOS GOD OF FIRE $18.99
NOV182111 RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT TP $15.99
This is my go-and-look-at-it section, a mix of books I haven't seen before and ones I want to check on by group to see if they're possessing the energy they did at an earlier point. A good Toppi series would be wonderful.

NOV181779 EC JACK KAMEN AL FELDSTEIN MARTIAN MONSTER HC $29.99
The Fanta EC book formatting, which I don't like in theory but seem to enjoy like hell with the books.

NOV180081 PROXIMA CENTAURI TP (MR) $16.99
Farel Dalrymple is one of our great great visual cartoonists and everything he draws delights me. All the others on that crew are neat a

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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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