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July 24, 2019


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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MAY191681 TONTA HC LOVE & ROCKETS (MR) $19.99
This cover makes me laugh for multiple reasons, but man do I love Gomez. Summer reading for me means reading Jaime, and is one of the recurring pleasures of my life.

JAN190750 COMPLETE CHESTER GOULD DICK TRACY HC VOL 26 $44.99
A lot of people take similar pleasure in Chester Gould's work. I'm not one of the, but these are consistently visually appealing comics and I yearn for a time I can buy $45 comics hardcovers like a plate of French fries. That's a hell of an achievement, by the way, to publish that much of a popular cartoonist that far removed from their heyday.

imageMAY190081 LAZARUS RISEN #2 (MR) $7.99
MAY198629 LITTLE BIRD #1 (OF 5) 4TH PTG (MR) $3.99
MAR190257 WICKED & DIVINE #44 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
MAR190258 WICKED & DIVINE #44 CVR B RIOS & MUERTO (MR) $3.99
MAY190374 ACTION COMICS #1013 CARD STOCK VAR ED YOTV THE OFFER $4.99
MAY190373 ACTION COMICS #1013 YOTV THE OFFER $3.99
MAY191249 LUMBERJANES #64 CVR A MAIN LEYH $3.99
MAY191250 LUMBERJANES #64 CVR B PREORDER CHAU VAR $3.99
This is the most stacked of the recent comic-book comics portions of this list. I enjoy the Rucka/Lark comic-book series Lazarus whenever I see it. I think it has a Warren Magazines adventure-story sturdiness, and the concept of the world transformed into vassals of a handful of rich families removes a lot of the half-players from the board in a way that lets an adventure story breathe. The Wic/Div stuff is a comics narrative conclusion with an important Coda to come. Congratulations to the creators. I enjoy these Team Rucka Superman comic books as diverting entertainment. I don't read Lumberjanes at all, but that's a lot of comic-book issues.

DEC181978 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR COLLECTION TP BOX SET $89.99
DEC181979 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR COLLECTION TP VOL 01 $29.99
DEC181980 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR COLLECTION TP VOL 02 $29.99
DEC181981 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR COLLECTION TP VOL 03 $29.99
That's a nice way to celebrate the works' 15 years since launch. There will be a revisit of that work by a lot of people eventually.

MAY191835 AKISSI MORE TALES OF MISCHIEF GN $14.95
I love the Ivory Coast setting and don't miss the previous series' young-person soap opera, although I realize it's a thematic blend of that world and its popular, soap opera entertainments.

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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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