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April 5, 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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DEC160115 SECRET SNEYD UNPUBLISHED CARTOONS OF DOUG SNEYD HC $14.99
It's a weird week with a lot of traditional comic-book format comics I'd check out but not so many books with spines. So let's start with a high-concept oddity: a book of unpublished concept cartoons from the Playboy cartoonist Doug Sneyd. I've learned that there are more comics, if we find a new avenue for content in the process of making comics, we'll never get to read them all.

imageDEC161679 LOVE & ROCKETS MAGAZINE #2 (MR) $4.99
FEB171354 GIANT DAYS #25 $4.99
FEB170266 FLINTSTONES #10 $3.99
FEB170459 ANIMAL NOIR #3 (OF 4) $3.99
FEB170460 ANIMAL NOIR #3 (OF 4) SUBSCRIPTION VAR $3.99
FEB170452 BOX OFFICE POISON COLOR COMICS #4 $3.99
FEB170488 STARSTRUCK OLD PROLDIERS NEVER DIE #3 (OF 6) $4.99
FEB170575 ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #1 (MR) $3.99
JAN170768 THEYRE NOT LIKE US #15 (MR) $2.99
FEB170686 WALKING DEAD #166 (MR) $2.99
FEB171092 ELEANOR & THE EGRET #1 $3.99
My favorite thing about the first issue of the fourth volume of Love and Rockets is that it was absolutely unsparing in terms of bringing new readers on. Los Bros are what they are, and they're not stopping to make nice on their way to make as much great art they can make in the dozens and dozens of years they have left to do so. I'm sure this new issue is awesome; the last several Love and Rockets anything have been. Giant Days keep coming out in a way I'm not sure I can afford it at $5 a pop. Flintstones is still the oddest comic of the decade, and I suspect may run out of its initial steam; we'll see if that book has a second gear. I like that Animal Noir comic quite a bit; it's loose in the way comics mostly aren't anymore. I still haven't seen the color Alex Robinson books, but I'm sure I'll remember to go look at them soon. Starstruck makes three IDW serial comic books worth looking at in my opinion, a record for this colum. Rock Candy Mountain should be funny, and I always look at funny. They're Not Like Us should be beautiful and ditto. Walking Dead continues its grind through the aftermath of the Whisperers storyline. I hope they do a long, boring incremental recovery storyline about crops and windmill power or whatever. Eleanor & Egret is Sam Kieth. I'll look at that.

FEB170725 WE STAND ON GUARD TP (MR) $14.99
I thought this would be a huge hit for Image; my hunch is that it was a modest one. It felt a little mannered in its execution, as I recall, but I liked elements of it quite a bit.

FEB172092 BORUTO GN VOL 01 NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS $9.99
Well, this makes me feel old. A sequel makes sense; I thought the strength of the first several volumes of the original Naruto was its ability to work through fight scenes logically and in terms of theme, which almost no American comics do.

FEB171151 POPTROPICA BOOK 03 SECRET SOCIETY $9.95
I read this this week, about a world of time-stuck civilizations. There were a few cute moments, but the pacing was all over the place.

DEC161858 2000 AD 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL $7.99
Let's stick this one at the bottom: I sure there are some fine stories with neglected characters here. 2000 AD and its characters are the original underrated comics thing.

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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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