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May 2, 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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MAR181571 LOVE THAT BUNCH HC (MR) $29.95
One of the great living cartoonists in a collection that is likely to show off her work better than some of the past iterations. I great enjoy these comics and they're sort of casually awesome in terms of breaking new ground. A year-end attention-getting event.

imageMAR181080 YOUNG FRANCES HC VOL 01 POPE HATS $19.95
This is a collection of the main fictional narrative from the first several issue of Pope Hats, by Hartley Lin -- here retiring the name he used in the serial version, Ethan Rilly. It's that rare thing of a sharply drawn fictional narrative about the lives of young adults. I've read it several times recently. I think it's very good and it's great company, pleasurable on dip-ins and re-reads, suggesting a long period of time when readers get to discover it for their own.

JAN180118 MILK & CHEESE DAIRY PRODUCTS GONE BAD TP $19.99
FEB180306 LOEG THE BLACK DOSSIER TP NEW ED $19.99
FEB181485 CARNET DE VOYAGE HC (MR) $21.95
Three completely different books that seem to me would have a place in the library of a slightly broader-than-usual reader of independent and arts comics of the 1990-2010 period. My understanding is that that Dorkin comic is one of the period's stronger sellers as well.

MAR180625 STREET ANGEL GOES TO JUVIE HC $19.99
More from Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca's finest creation, in a good year for the character and the artist more generally it seems.

AUG171507 WALTER SIMONSON BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ART ED HC $150.00
Walter Simonson's original art printed version of his Thor work is what sold me on these giant-size books having viability rather than novelty. I don't remember this being great comics, but it's handsome, and if executed properly this volume should at least be a nice add-on to our appreciation for Simonson's consistent, prolific career.

MAR181298 GIANT DAYS #38 $3.99
MAR180536 RICK VEITCH THE ONE #4 (OF 6) $4.99
DEC170690 EAST OF WEST #37 $3.99
MAR180754 SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #9 $3.99
FEB180700 SEX CRIMINALS #24 (MR) $3.99
MAR180767 WALKING DEAD #179 CVR A ADLARD & STEWART (MR) $3.99
MAR180776 AVENGERS #1 $4.99
Comic-cook format comics. I always buy John Allison, and I'm grateful that Rick Veitch is back putting comics out there -- he got an Eisner nomination. East of West is up to issue #37 and I enjoy the way the story is structured and its lanky figure designs. S&S is the rare all-ages comics from a serial comics publisher that has enough of a consistent style and kind of genial outlook that it wears well for those of us where this kind of work isn't even a major interest facilitated by comics anymore. I am so going to enjoy reading the next trade of Sex Criminals, because I know the storytelling strategies are forcing me to miss some of the nuances here. Walking Dead is one of those stages where an unexpected plot shit hasn't yet all the way revealed how it will fuck with our core group, although there are major hints. That kind of narrative is admirable when it sustains interest for 180 issues. Finally, I think that Avengers comic may be the first issue in the latest linewide soft-relaunch, which I think I might do okay but can't imagine doing super-well in a sustained way. We'll see. Happy to be wrong.

JAN181069 AGENTS OF ATLAS TP COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 01 $39.99
NOV171043 PUNISHER MAX BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 (MR) $100.00
Marvel's book program could be the subject of its own Sherlock Holmes movie so many mysteries are involved on basic issues of what's in print and why, but these are two well-regarded runs that I'm many readers will be happy to stick onto their bookshelves.

MAR181659 ALL SUMMER LONG GN $12.99
MAR181660 ALL SUMMER LONG HC GN $21.99
MAR181225 POSITIVELY IZZY GN $10.99
MAR181226 POSITIVELY IZZY HC GN $22.99
Two stand-alone all-ages work with series potential, a strength of the current market, from two effective cartoonists familiar with the territory: Hope Larson, too pleasurable an artist not to be welcome when she adds those duties on a project, and Teri Libenson, a well-regarded cartoonist working multiple formats. Is this the only category that makes sense?

JAN181460 CASEY RUGGLES HC VOL 01 $59.95
No relationship to this comic, but I've always thought it damned handsome. If my life turns out okay that will be an impulse buy for me at some point in my life when I'm free to do a lot more comics reading.

MAR181863 HOOKAH GIRL & OTHER TRUE STORIES GN $6.95
This is a graphic novel in the Eisnerian sense, in that it's a series of thematically interconnected short stories. I think audiences have seen the title story in some form.

MAR181153 JAMES JOYCE PORTRAIT OF DUBLINER GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY $16.99
I've not heard of this book, but it has a home-country "respectable graphic novel" legacy and of course the subject matter is always interesting.

JAN181459 VALERIAN GN VOL 22 MEMORIES FROM FUTURES $13.95
I'm always happy to see these and while I can't imagine owning 22 volumes I bet I'd be entertained by Jean-Claude Mezieres' work in every one of them.

JAN181989 JACK KIRBY CHECKLIST CENTENNIAL LTD ED HC $34.95
I suspect this is a fancier version of a small book we had in the Journal offices that provided the service promised in the title. I love all sorts of bibliography and checklist so even if my assumed connection is erroneous, I'm sure I'd like the result if it's well-done.

FEB181488 DANGEROUS JOURNEY HC (MR) $16.95
Tove Jansson's last illustrated work. This looks handsome as hell, and Jannson's involvement makes anything a must-buy.

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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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