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June 20, 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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APR181393 SPONGEBOB COMICS ANNUAL GIANT SWIMTACULAR #6 $4.99
These comics are usually solid and I'm sure this one is, too, but for sure I'm putting it top of post here for that fun Gary Gianni cover. Good job, Chris Duffy.

imageAPR180037 USAGI YOJIMBO #4 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN $3.99
APR180070 WITCHFINDER GATES OF HEAVEN #2 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
APR180236 WILD STORM #14 $3.99
APR180566 BEEF #5 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
APR180758 CAPTAIN AMERICA #704 $3.99
I did not see a whole lot of comic-book comics that triggered my attention. I always love new Usagi and mostly love new Mignola-verse. I do like the Warren Ellis version of the old WildStorm comics; there's something about Ellis' devotion to lean narrative that makes his reductions of superheroes-with-a-history tend to work well. I don't have any affection for those characters, though. Beef is Shaky Kane, and I always buy Shake Kane. Captain America is the latest in the post-Samnee, still-Mark Waid, pre-Ta-Nehisi Coates run, and I like this artist they've found to follow Samnee if only briefly. Super-Competent Comics.

FEB180037 HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 STRANGE PLACES $24.99
Another Mignola-verse collection this one of the bigger ones. I own them all.

JAN180561 A STRANGE & BEAUTIFUL SOUND HC $19.99
FEB180444 EIGHT MILLION WAYS TO DIE HC $24.99
APR180610 MULTIPLE WARHEADS TP VOL 02 GHOST TOWN (MR) $17.99
MAR181387 LUCKY LUKE TP VOL 68 OVER THE MISSISSIPPI $11.95
NOV170835 SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL 04 GUT CHECK (MR) $16.99
Here's a bunch of stand alone larger books, collections and trades of OGN-formats. That first one is reflective Zep, so that's kind of interesting. Eight Million Ways To Die was a solid book and a movie famous for its opening weekend fecklessness, I'd want to take a peak to see how jK Snyder handled that material. That Brandon Graham has a book coming out after his flurry of controversy and the delayed response that made almost everyone believe even more in the initial charges plus check off a few more boxes on the abusive diatribe bingo card, that makes his moves even odder and more unfortunate. I wonder if it will have an effect on sell-through. Luky Luke in any format is fun. Also fun is Southern Bastards, although there's just enough human tragedy to make it sorrowful all around.

APR181559 EC JACK DAVIS HARVEY KURTZMAN DEATH STAND HC $29.99
This Davis/Kurtzman work is about as fun as mainstream comics get, featuring multiple-period action stuff from two series. Jack Davis was a King.

FEB181234 GIANT DAYS TP EXTRA CREDIT $14.99
FEB181699 BAD MACHINERY POCKET ED GN VOL 05 CASE FIRE INSIDE $12.99
John Allison twice. If you have to pick one, the latter I think is slightly better written and a whole lot better drawn. Fun comics either way.

FEB181748 OUT IN THE OPEN HC $24.99
I don't remember the novel on which this is based, but it's already too far into the summer to look a friendly hammock reader in the eye.

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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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