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January 25, 2017


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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SEP160482 JACK KIRBY FANTASTIC FOUR ARTIST ED HC $PI
Oversized Jack Kirby on his greatest comic series. I'm avoiding spoilers for the very first time, spoilers of what's been selected. Happy 100th, King.

imageOCT161574 PIM & FRANCIE GOLDEN BEAR DAYS HC (CURR PTG) $29.99
This "current printing" means the book is just put back through the market again. Hard to believe it's been eight years. No matter the provenance, this is a great comic made greater by its unfinished quality. It looked like something awful happened to keep it from getting done and depending on your definition of awful something probably did. Anyway, great book.

NOV160092 ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #18 $3.99
NOV160026 HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2017 ONE SHOT $3.99
NOV160160 KAMANDI CHALLENGE #1 (OF 12) $4.99
OCT160617 ISLAND #14 (MR) $7.99
NOV160640 SAGA #42 (MR) $2.99
NOV160649 SURGEON X #5 (MR) $3.99
NOV160487 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS #3 (OF 6) $3.99
NOV160876 BLACK PANTHER #10 $3.99
NOV160886 DOCTOR STRANGE #16 $3.99
NOV161278 LUMBERJANES #34 $3.99
Here are the comic-book comics for this week. Elfquest is up to #18. I become more and more impressed the higher the number but more convinced I'm not going to catch up with the finale to the great overground series. Here's the Kamandi cliffhanger thing with a new art team every issue. A new artist every issue is less fun in the days of a new artist every four issue on a regular series. I thought this was a handsome issue of Island, which has yet to hit its stride consistently. Saga is a book that makes every comic shop owner happy. Well, most of them. Sad issue, though. The Surgeon X book appearing is sad after the passing of John Watkiss. I haven't seen Comic Book History Of Comics on the stands yet, but I like those comics just fine. Someone told me that Black Panther was boring them, but I'm just fine with that aspect. I like seeing something different with a very rigid formula, and this book's version of the grown-up super-spy superhero genre qualifies. Doctor Strange I like to pick up although the stories seem very brief to me. And Lumberjanes is up to #34 now.

NOV160755 AVENGERS #1.MU $4.99
You know how when you're in your twenties and you and your date or date-equivalent are on the couch at some apartment party and you can't decide if you should bolt or not and then someone walks in with a certain kind of hat on and you both start laughing as you launch yourselves towards the door? Marvel ".XX" designation is the person and the hat. I don't even read most of those comics anymore and I'd be tempted to waste a genie's wish on getting rid of them.

NOV161290 UNHOLY #1 (MR) $5.99
NOV161301 UNHOLY #1 FEMME FATALE NUDE CVR (MR) $7.99
NOV161292 UNHOLY #1 FEMME FATALES CVR (MR) $5.99
NOV161299 UNHOLY #1 NUDE CVR (MR) $7.99
NOV161296 UNHOLY #1 POV CVR (MR) $5.99
NOV161303 UNHOLY #1 POV NUDE CVR (MR) $7.99
NOV161293 UNHOLY #1 STUNNING CVR (MR) $5.99
NOV161302 UNHOLY #1 STUNNING NUDE CVR (MR) $7.99
NOV161291 UNHOLY #1 WRAP CVR (MR) $5.99
NOV161300 UNHOLY #1 WRAP NUDE CVR (MR) $7.99
The '90s are calling... from inside the house!

NOV161505 ABOMINABLE MR SEABROOK $22.95
You should buy a copy of this since my old fanboy ass put Kirby up top. Joe Ollmann is a fine, funny man and his treatment of the strange, out-there man that is the Seabrook in the title seems a really good marriage of material and artist.

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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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