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May 16, 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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MAR181672 ALL THE ANSWERS GN (C: 0-1-0) $25.00
This isn't the biggest week for comics I can remember, so none of you have any excuse not to buy Michael Kupperman's memoir/biography revolving around his father -- the Quiz Kid Joel Kupperman. Do it for the fascinating subject matter, do it for one of our greatly under-appreciated cartoonists and humor figures working on an ambitious, prestige project.

imageMAR180068 USAGI YOJIMBO #3 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN $3.99
FEB180262 WILD STORM #13 $3.99
FEB180446 ASSASSINISTAS #5 CVR A HERNANDEZ (MR) $3.99
MAR180574 BARRIER #3 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
MAR180706 KICK-ASS #4 CVR A ROMITA JR (MR) $3.99
MAR180769 WICKED & DIVINE #36 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
MAR180858 CAPTAIN AMERICA #702 $3.99
MAR180930 X-MEN WEDDING SPECIAL #1 $4.99
MAR181866 JAZZ LEGEND #1 $3.99
MAR181228 MIGHTY MOE SZYSLAK #1 (ONE SHOT) $3.99
Lot to talk about here, even though I'd likely on buy 1-2 things even flush with cash. One of them would be the Usagi because I always buy Stan Sakai. It's one of the great pleasures of the comic life. I miss the serial numbering, to be honest. I like Warren Ellis' mainstream work even though I'm not sure I could make a lengthy argument on its behalf. The comics he writes are generally nasty and have a sense of consequences in play. Haven't checked out the Gilbert Hernandez-draw Assassinistas yet but will; this might be the week. The Barrier comic pops for me for its length and format. Kick-Ass reads like a cynical mess; John Romita doing explicit fight scenes shoul be more fun. Wicked & Divine gives retailer a solid Image performer for the week. Captain America gets the current run's lights dimmed by Mark Waid and a number of artistic contributors; he's always at least pretty good with that character. X-Men Wedding Special puts me in mind of an Eight Is Enough reunion show or something like that. That kind of move feels really creaky. Don't know anything about Jazz Legend but I'm interested in these sort-of mainstream, sort-of not book making up a lot of the market's bulk right now. Finally, a Simpsons one-shot. Sure, I'd like at it. Why not?

MAR188202 GIDEON FALLS #1 3RD PTG (MR) $3.99
MAR188168 GIDEON FALLS #2 2ND PTG (MR) $3.99
MAR180678 GIDEON FALLS #3 CVR A SORRENTINO (MR) $3.99
MAR180679 GIDEON FALLS #3 CVR B SMALLWOOD (MR) $3.99
I pulled this out because this is fairly common for when an Image comic does well, I suspect because the self-publishing concept they use lead to conservative publishing runs. I like the first two issues I read okay.

JAN181332 PERSEPHONE ORIGINAL GN HC (MR) (C: 0-1-2) $19.99
MAR181752 BIG EMPTY LIFE ALPHONSE TABOURET HC $24.99
MAR181858 ENOUGH SPACE FOR EVERYONE ELSE GN $15.99
A run of stand-alones. The first looks like a standard, competently crafted mainstream fantasy work translated for the English-language market, although who knows anymore? The second has a high concept due to the simplicity of some of the art used in contrast with the more developed other art employe. That'd be my first choice. The second is one of those themed anthologies all the kid are wild about now.

MAR182143 BEAUTIFUL SCENES FROM A FANTASY WORLD SC (MR) (C: 1-1-1) $39.95
If I have this right, this not-comics work is basically anime fantasy backgrounds. I would have loved something like this when I was a kid, an we forget that a big chunk of comics for a big chunk of people is access to these visual head spaces.

JAN181838 THE ARTIST BEHIND SUPERMAN THE JOE SHUSTER STORY GN $19.99
JAN181839 THE ARTIST BEHIND SUPERMAN THE JOE SHUSTER STORY HC (C: 0-0- $24.99
I like Joe Shuster. Joe Shuster is one of the all-time great industry artists, and his story is endlessly fascinating. A solid examination in hand for sure. Nice-looking cover, too.

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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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