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June 13, 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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MAR181638 WEAVER FESTIVAL PHENOMENON HC $20.00
I don't see a whole lot that appeals to me on the lists this week. It's more likely I'm just missing stuff. I didn't miss this one; I bought it directly from the publisher, mostly so I could get the included print. Ron Regé is a special cartoonist who sees things differently than I do in a way that I welcome every last page of his comics. I'm saving this one up to read for when I have a bad day. I bet it pops in the comics shop.

imageAPR180063 RESIDENT ALIEN #3 (OF 4) ALIEN IN NEW YORK $3.99
APR180604 MAGE HERO DENIED #9 (OF 15) $3.99
APR181670 KAIJUMAX SEASON 4 #1 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
A light day of comic-shop comic-book format reading. I enjoy the Resident Alien series of series, even though it's obvious that getting this work made into a television show was a top priority. Hey, the money has to be better. I'm enjoy the middle issues of the lates Mage series, although a lot depends on what's to comer. Zander Cannon must have won every bet possible that he'd do over 20 issues of his giant monster prison saga. If there were ten more comics like it I'd probably go to the shop every week.

MAR181670 HELLBOY INTO THE SILENT SEA STUDIO ED $50.00
APR180068 BPRD DEVIL YOU KNOW #7 $3.99
FEB180036 HELLBOY COMPLETE SHORT STORIES TP VOL 01 $24.99
Three different Hellboy comics in three entirely different formats. That says about the publishing achievement that is the Mignola-verse.

FEB180480 CLOUD HOTEL TP $19.99
This is a Top Shelf comic. I think I remember liking the previous book they did with this author, but I could be completely fabricating that, too. Hey, the last few years have been rough memory-wise. Not a lot I want to remember.

APR181314 COSMO THE MERRY MARTIAN COMPLETE TP $10.99
I've never seen this Archie-published funnybook material save for book about Archie publishing more generally. I hope it's good.

MAR180607 IT WILL ALL HURT TP $18.99
APR180475 PROXIMA CENTAURI #1 (OF 6) $3.99
Two from Farel Dalrymple, a to-die-for drawer and a scruffy writer with charm to spare. I look forward to the start of another series, this one from Image.

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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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