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January 11, 2017


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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NOV161206 LIBBYS DAD GN (MR) $8.00
There's not a lot hitting comics stores this week, so I'll pull this Eleanor Davis comic away from the comic-book format book where it might go given Wednesday where more books of interest dropped. This is literally the last comic I have on my pile of 2016 comics to read (I feel it was widely enough available to be a 2016 book), which means that year was bookended, basically by two Davis efforts, this one and last winter's issue of Frontier. That's a sign we're very lucky to have another cartoonist that good that basically prolific.

imageMAY160697 PROPHET TP VOL 05 EARTH WAR (MR) $17.99
I would assume this is the last of the trades of the Brandon Graham-supervised Prophet stuff, which overall was a good time in the funnybook pages. If it's not, I apologize. There were a lot of comics, and that should make a pretty nice little section on smart fans of genre material.

AUG160032 GROO FRAY OF THE GODS #4 $3.99
NOV160042 LOBSTER JOHNSON GARDEN OF BONES ONE SHOT $3.99
NOV160623 GREEN VALLEY #4 (OF 9) $2.99
OCT160616 INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #14 (MR) $3.99
NOV160627 MOONSHINE #4 CVR A RISSO (MR) $2.99
OCT160626 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #24 (MR) $2.99
OCT160639 SOUTHERN BASTARDS #16 CVR A LATOUR (MR) $3.50
Hey, it's comics! Lots of comics. I will buy a Groo. comic every time one is presented to me: Sergio Aragones is a master of the art form. There's a Mignola. Green Valley is the latest acerbic fantasy comic of the moment. I have a feeling those nine issues will read like three. Invisible Republic and Moonshine are series with lovely looking art. Outcast is up to issue #24, which took me by surprise. Southern Bastards is up to #16, and is the Preacher of our times. I've liked that series much more after its initial arc.

OCT160265 DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #7 (OF 8) COLLECTORS ED (RES) $12.99
I had no idea this was still being published and have no idea what a collectors' edition is except just a fancy comic book they can sell for $13 because some comic book fans are a little obsessive about this stuff. I haven't heard a lick about this series since the first issue, which makes me think it's both not good enough to call attention to itself and not bad enough to make the average reader laugh.

NOV161721 SMURFS GN VOL 22 SMURF MENACE $7.99
NOV161722 SMURFS HC VOL 22 SMURF MENACE $12.99
I've lost track of the Smurfs reprint volumes and don't know enough about the series to tell you what's being published just as a glance. Very fun series when it was going full-bore, though.

NOV160997 OCTAVIA BUTLER KINDRED GN $24.95
Octavia Butler's career-making work has to be like three decades or more old now; I remember I was in elementary school when it came out. A graphic novel version would seem both a creative opportunity and a chance to pay tribute to the category-spanning novel. It was very affecting for a slightly older version of me in the early 1980s.

OCT161560 EC ELDER FELDSTEIN BRADBURY MILLION YEAR PICNIC HC $29.99
This would be Elder, mostly, and likely as much "serious" material as the humor work for which the great artist was best known. I like these volumes of author-by-author EC work a lot because it makes me focus on the authors as they come to me. With the anthology publications I skip around to favorites. Elder wasn't anyone I ever skipped, but a number of the serious works back to back might lead me to a different interpretation than I already have in my noggin.

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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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