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May 30, 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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MAR181077 ART OF JIM STARLIN LIFE IN WORDS & PICTURES HC $49.99
I couldn't for the life of me find a proper prestige book -- I have yet to miss my once every couple of months dive into Jog's old column as much as I do today -- and if I'm right that there isn't one I would wander around the shop and look at everything else, including this volume. Starlin was a favorite when I was a kid, and I liked in particular his morose, death-obsessed work at Marvel because, well, that's the kind of kid I was. I still don't know how we've avoided seeing a movie version of his Epic Magazine serial Metamorphosis Odyssey, with its two meaty parts for over-40 male stars, an Earth-shattering first act and a great end-of-second act twist. Anyway, I'd look at this book although I already have the comics. It's probably not for me.

MAR180600 WHERE WE LIVE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP $19.99
The latest wider-industry charitable cause comic, as admirable as it sounds. I would be curious if there's any dissonance between this book and the industry's proclivity for gun-based solution making in its narratives.

imageMAR180708 KILL OR BE KILLED #19 (MR) $3.99
MAR180709 LAZARUS #28 (MR) $3.99
MAR180752 SAGA #52 (MR) $2.99
MAR180233 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5 (OF 12) $4.99
FEB188851 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 BAGLEY VAR LEG $9.99
MAR181017 UNDATEABLE CEREBUS #1 (OF 1) $4.00
Those first two are two of the most handsome serial comics I've read in a long while, and stand out even in the context of their individual series. Sagar remains incredibly popular even as for me it's started to feel like science fiction of the 15 people in the same room variety. I remain appalled by and thus incredibly interested in Doomsday Clock, where it seems not knowing the source work that well is considered a valid artistic choice. That's a lot of numbers next to Amazing Spider-Man there, even though the number of variants in this unhealthy an overall sales environment is ludicrous. No idea what's up with Cerebus, there. It doesn't sound super-promising.

MAR181254 ADVENTURE TIME 100 PROJECT TP $14.99
I'm all for projects and enterprises.

FEB180313 SUPERMAN BY MARK MILLAR TP $29.99
There are some creative elements to Mark Millar's rise to streaming service content provider mega-millionaire, and I don't just mean the way he would occasionally work the press. Millar always paid attention to creative, decently choreographed fight scenes during the people running at each other era, and he was quick to pick up on approaches to narrative that resonated with fans. My memory is many of his best-written comics featured Superman.

FEB180474 LITTLE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE HC SHARKS $14.99
Don't look like these would be for me, but I was caught by the PR trying to place it within the shark freak market and the educational market. It's not unlike what comic strips have to do, balance the speicfic and the general in terms of appeal.

MAR181698 VIETNAMESE MEMORIES VOL 01 LEAVING SAIGON (MR) $19.95
This is a handsome-lookng volume following the effects of the various conflicts in Vietnam on different groups, starting with those that made their subsequent home somewhere in France. Comics has an advantage with this kind of sweeping narrative because you make your first set out of a pencil and your next eight sets from that same pencil.

NOV170026 WILL EISNER CONTRACT WITH GOD CURATORS COLL HC $195.00
NOV170027 WILL EISNER CONTRACT WITH GOD CURATORS COLL HC LTD ED $295.00
The irony of a fancy version of Contract With God is that the early graphic novel conceived all by itself had implications for upgrading the presentation of such works. This looks like it incorporates the more recent idea of shooting from pencils and/or separating the inks on seminal works. No idea if Eisner would work that way, but I have to imagine that it would look great.

MAR181903 PINKY & PEPPER FOREVER GN $12.00
Don't know the work, don't know the artist, and comedy is hard. Still, Silver Sprocket has had a pretty good eye the last 18 months and finding new works is what the comic book shop is for! Well, it's one of the things a comics store is for, but one of the main ones for sure.

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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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