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April 18, 2018


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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FEB181546 DIE LAUGHING HC FRANQUIN (MR) $19.99
I thought I was going to have to finesse a top choice from this week's comics listing and then I noticed that Fantagraphics is publishing the most interesting material from one of history's great cartoonists, so please consider this. The last time I visited the late Kim Thompson's house, Kim dumped some northern European country's version of the Artist's Edition on my lap, with each book featuring a different Franquin story. For some reason, Franquin never getting over in North America seems to enhance this volume. Take a look.

imageFEB181574 CRAFTY CAT & GREAT BUTTERFLY HC $13.99
FEB181570 BE PREPARED GN $12.99
FEB181571 BE PREPARED HC GN $22.99
FEB181572 CITY ON OTHER SIDE GN $16.99
FEB181573 CITY ON OTHER SIDE HC GN $23.99
Three from First Second and MacMillan. The second book listed is by Vera Brosgol, who should be a name in this general category of comics for as long as desired. The Harper book caught my attention, though, because its author always always always had style to burn and I haven't really kept up with the resulting career. I'd like to do so, even in a category that's not for me.

FEB180142 ACTION COMICS #1000 $7.99
FEB180058 USAGI YOJIMBO #2 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN $3.99
JAN180526 ASSASSINISTAS #4 CVR A HERNANDEZ (MR) $3.99
FEB180643 KICK-ASS #3 CVR A ROMITA JR (MR) $3.99
FEB180646 LAZARUS #27 (MR) $3.99
FEB180653 MAGE HERO DENIED #8 (OF 15) CVR A $3.99
Comic-book format comics is dominated this time out by Action Comics #1000 -- a genuinely impressive anniversary coupled with what every hit comics need right now in the form of Bendis to DC PR juice and a general "you should buy this" directive aimed at the bulk of shop-goers. Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen are basically the Beatles of mainstream comics characters, and the act of exploitation that has driven Supes' publishing career may enter the mind peripherally or not at all. I'd like to see the current Gilbert Hernandez-drawn comic, and am overdue. The Kick-Ass offers nothing new to my eye, although JR JR is always sort of interesting. If Mark Millar ran Marvel Comics, the entire 1970s would have been Nova after Nova. It's never not amusing to note "Lazarus returns." That's a handsome issue. So was the latest Matt Wagner, as the story starts to settle into basic beats and action scenes.

imageDEC170090 BPRD HELL ON EARTH HC VOL 02 $34.99
Long live the Mignola-verse.

DEC171192 CYANIDE & HAPPINESS TP GUIDE PARENTING BY 3 GUYS W NO KIDS $9.99
The convention presence and the occasional flashes of media coverage suggest these creators do well in whatever format they choose.

AUG171508 WALTER SIMONSON BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ART ED HC SGN $250.00
AUG171509 WALTER SIMONSON BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ART ED HC SGN REMARK $400.00
JAN181065 THOR BY WALTER SIMONSON TP VOL 03 NEW PTG $29.99
I remember the Galactica stuff being handsome work and I love pretty much everything Walter Simonson, but the signatures there seem to be what is pushing it out of my price range. The Thor stuff is enjoying an anniversary year and I look at it whatever form they publish, although I shudder to think there might have been a gap when this material wasn't available.

DEC170540 SKIPPY HC VOL 04 COMPLETE DAILIES 1934 - 1936 $49.99
I am so grateful this exists in equal measure as I am completely unable to invest in the volumes at this moment.

FEB181544 BLACKBIRD DAYS HC (MR) $22.99
This is Manuele Fior, who has had as solid recent publishing history as anyone. I know I've read some of this material, so I'd take a long look to see if I've read it all.

JAN181660 LAND OF THE SONS HC (MR) $29.99
Gipi! The last three entries on this list including this one are ridiculous, and I hope stores are clever enough to load up and keep all three around long enough to find readers.

OCT170543 JOE KUBERT TARZAN AND THE LION MAN ARTIST ED HC $125.00
I love looking at Joe Kubert, and I'm not a huge fan of his Tarzan work in color, so this works out just perfectly for me.

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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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