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August 1, 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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JUN181886 ARAB OF THE FUTURE GRAPHIC MEMOIR SC VOL 03 1985 -1987 $27.00
This is the only new volume in an award-winning European series I know of for sale this week, so this one gets top billing. It's well-regarded and the first two volumes are very popular, but I have to admit I haven't had the pleasure of an initial reading.

imageFEB180295 BATMAN 66 OMNIBUS HC $125.00
This isn't material I think of for the omnibus format, but why not? Most of theme were clever and many if not all were attractive. I think I'd like the individual comics, thought it's not up to me to tell people how much shelf space they should devote to which comic.

JUN181267 GIANT DAYS #41 $3.99
OCT171412 SUGAR BOOGARZ #3 $3.99
JUN180515 MAD MAGAZINE #3 $5.99
JUN180234 SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #11 CVR A GALAAD $3.99
JUN180235 SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #11 CVR B GALAAD & POWELL $3.99
MAY180257 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #10 CVR A OPENA & HOLLINGSWORTH $3.99
MAY180258 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #10 CVR B NORD $3.99
MAY180259 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #10 CVR C SCALERA $3.99
APR188954 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #10 CVR D $3.99
JUN180268 WALKING DEAD #182 CVR A ADLARD & STEWART (MR) $3.99
JUN180269 WALKING DEAD #182 CVR B SIENKIEWICZ (MR) $3.99
I always buy John Allison. I enjoy the heck out of the look of Kevin Scalzo's comics. If you go to a shop that carries Sugar Boogarz, take time to be careful. I didn't find enough of interest in the first issue of the new MAD to want to keep buying it, but I do wonder how it's doing. The last billion entries are three Image Comics: the benign and attractive fantasy series, the not-so-benign but also attractive fantasy series, and the latest in the Walking Dead serial. That's a lot of alternative covers, though, so I'm including those here, too. That just can't be healthy.

APR180437 STAR HAWKS HC VOL 03 1979 - 1981 $39.99
These are really handsome comics and I'm glad they're on the market because I want them eventually. Maybe the next stay-at-home vacation or another time I can dive deep into hundreds of pages of comics at once.

JUN181773 DELILAH DIRK & PILLARS OF HER GN $17.99
Tony Cliff's work is as attractive as there is on the market, and that's saying something given the prevalence of such comics these days.

MAY180729 ASSASSINISTAS TP $19.99
MAY181445 PERMANENT PRESS GN $14.99
MAY181768 LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK 12 BELOVED DISNEY CLASSIC BOX SET $59.88
APR180049 3 STORY SECRET HISTORY OF GIANT MAN EXPANDED GN $19.99
This is a bunch of stuff I'd like to see: the Luke Healy book (second here) is probably the biggest driver of curiosity, and that Golden Age set just sounds nice. I don't need it in my house, though, not really.

FEB180485 JACK KIRBY MARVEL HEROES & MONSTERS ARTIST ED HC $150.00
All hail Kirby, King of Comics.

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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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