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September 11, 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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JUL191368 DRAWING POWER WOMENS STORIES SEXUAL VIOLENCE HC $29.99
This is Diane Noomin's anthology. She is smart and highly skilled and anthologies are very, very, very difficult. I would guess that there are some extra challenges with a book like this in terms of how different the generations are in terms of general approach to drawing and the standardization of narrative solutions. Still, big desire on my part to see it.

imageMAY198986 USAGI YOJIMBO #1 2ND PTG $3.99
JUL190094 TREES THREE FATES #1 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
JUL190865 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) $4.99
JUL190868 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VAR $4.99
JUL190869 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) LAND CHARACTER DECADES VAR $4.99
JUL190872 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) MOLINA CONNECTING VAR $4.99
JUL190866 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) WEAVER NEW CHARACTER VAR 4.99
JUL190870 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) YOUNG VAR $4.99
Nice to see an issue of Usagi get into the reprint cycle. I'd be hesitant to make any sweeping characterizations as a result beyond that Stan Sakai's work has a lot of appeal even in its lion-in-winter phase. The Trees material is Warren Ellis working with Jason Howard and each man staying out of the other's way. And here's the latest X-Men comic. I've been thinking about where this material ends up, and I don't have a positive sounding answer as of yet.

MAR190991 X-MEN BY ROY THOMAS & NEAL ADAMS HC GALLERY EDITION $39.99
These were some of my favorite comics when I was a kid. The Adams work in particular had a lot of berserk energy. I'd look at this, although I've owned the original for years.

JUL192076 HILDA & MOUNTAIN KING HC GN $19.95
JUL191979 MR WOLFS CLASS GN VOL 03 LUCKY STARS $9.99
JUL191980 MR WOLFS CLASS HC GN VOL 03 LUCKY STARS $24.99
Two quality series. I like the latter more than the former but boy howdy does the Hilda stuff have a quality to it. The Wolf's Class stuff brings to mind a lot of the quiet kids comics of ten years ago.

JUL191818 ONCE UPON A TIME IN FRANCE OMNIBUS GN $29.95
This came to me from the military publisher that's doing a numb of these surprise and bizarre initial offerings.

JUL191904 FREE S$$T HC CHARLES BURNS ZINE COLLECTION $19.99
It's beautiful. I'll figure it out later on.

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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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