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June 27, 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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APR181550 POOCHYTOWN HC WOODRING $19.99
I think Jim Woodring is one of the great cartoonists of this creation and it looks like this may be among his most important books. I can't wait.

imageFEB180057 BEANWORLD OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $24.99
FEB180084 ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST TP VOL 04 $17.99
FEB180059 USAGI YOJIMBO TP VOL 32 $17.99
Multiple veterans of comics' greatest generation set up finding the best formats for their work to live on a bit longer in sales warehouses and bookshelves. I might have to be convinced to step away from the traditional comic-book format for Beanworld, but I'm happy to have the option. I also look forward to reading this final burst of Elfquest material. I love endings generally. Finally, there's Usagi Yojimbo, the all-time hammock comic. Imagine having 32 volumes of that material to read! The knees weaken.

FEB180021 NEIL GAIMAN STUDY IN EMERALD HC $17.99
NOV170387 ABSOLUTE SANDMAN OVERTURE HC (MR) $125.00
A pair from the House Of Gaiman. I know nothing about that first one, but Rafael Albuquerque is almost always interesting and pairing him with Gaiman seems slight counter-intuitive in a good way.

DEC170397 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES SILVER AGE OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $75.00
I enjoy multiple iterations of DC's teenaged superheroes in space, including the original run of narratively inventive stories that I assume is the basis of this collection. I've never had full access to those comics and at some point I'll be looking to read more than few reprints to which I've had access over the years.

APR180886 CHARLIES ANGELS #1 CVR A FINCH $3.99
APR180887 CHARLIES ANGELS #1 CVR B EISMA $3.99
APR180888 CHARLIES ANGELS #1 CVR C EISMA CHARACTER DESIGN $3.99
I'd like to say I'm a better person than to have pulled these three listing just to make a David Ogden Stiers action figure joke, but I'd like a lot of things.

APR180432 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS TP COMICS FOR ALL $15.99
This is a sturdy project that might appeal to the casual in-shop browser.

APR180603 KILL OR BE KILLED #20 CVR A PHILLIPS (MR) $3.99
MAR188707 KILL OR BE KILLED #20 CVR B VIRGIN (MR) $3.99
APR180631 SAGA #53 (MR) $2.99
APR180512 SEX CRIMINALS #25 (MR) $4.99
APR180641 WICKED & DIVINE #37 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
Hey, here's the comic-book format comics of the week, including a really strong Wednesday for Image serials. I lost track of the numbers on the Brubaker/Phillips, but that has to be the last one. I liked that series as it continue, and it's really attractive. Saga is a concluding issue away from going back into hibernation again, so I hope shop owners are enjoying having these comic books arrive when they do. I want to write a bit at length on Sex Criminals, which has made good use of the shift that comes with a story-arc set-up. Finally, I never think I all the way get Wicked And Divine, but that's a comic that refreshingly doesn't care if I do.

DEC171649 COMPLETE GIRLS WITH SLINGSHOTS HC $75.00
Congratulations to Danielle Corsetto!

FEB181703 INVADER ZIM HC VOL 02 $49.99
I'm not certain at what point I'll try to have some of this work in my home, but another hardcover is a promising sign for soon.

MAR180566 SILENCE OF MALKA HC $24.99
Here's something I like about comic shops, picking up and taking a look at a book like this. It's early Jewish settlement drama, but this time in 19th Century Argentina. That's enough of a shift for me to take a look 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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