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October 26, 2016


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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AUG161582 A WALK IN EDEN GN $16.95
It doesn't strike me as an alarmingly strong week for the kind of books I tend to like, which makes this art-book/coloring project from the always admirable Anders Nilsen the top of my want-to-see list. It will be hard for this not to be impressive eye candy no matter its other virtues.

imageOCT140536 CEREBUS COVER GALLERY HC $75.00
I have no desire to own a book of these covers -- I like them, but I don't like-like them enough to have them in another format -- but the idea of being able to just buy a Cerebus related book from a publisher as opposed to getting 14 pages of loose ephemera in a zip-file seems tremendously appealing, so who knows?

JUN160065 AW YEAH COMICS ACTION CAT AND ADVENTURE BUG TP $12.99
This isn't a series of books I buy but I know at least one reader checks these posts to see if a new one is out. They seem solidly entertaining to me.

JUN160019 MOEBIUS LIBRARY WORLD OF EDENA HC $49.99
Here's a high-end project with more to come: new editions of primetime science fiction stories from Moebius. Dark Horse doesn't publish in a way that makes me think of this within the context of a bigger line, but Moebius could be the only thing a publisher offered and they would do just fine. Dying to hold this one in my hands.

AUG160619 CHEW #59 (MR) $3.99
AUG160659 SAGA #39 (MR) $2.99
JUL160889 CIVIL WAR II #6 (OF 8) $4.99
AUG161307 GIANT DAYS 2016 HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1 $7.99
I think that may be the last Chew, or the last in the narrative part of its run. Don't hold me to that. That was a unique comic to last that long and sell that many copies, so kudos to its creators. Saga is the kind of book that is the #1 seller at a lot of comic shops, and this one seems close on the heels of the last one. The Civil War sequel drags on; I've yet to even catch anyone talking about it in the places I go on-line. Linewides are tough right now in general. The Giant Days I assume is a comic book, and I'm keeping track of them here so I can buy them all when I become wealthy.

AUG161022 BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 01 SHIELDS MOST WANTED $17.99
This is the first trade in the latest series helmed by rock-solid superhero comics creating team Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. I think Samnee is a little bit more out on front on this one, just a hunch, as there were definitely some pacing and density issues with some of this initial story. I still liked it, though. This is the comic in a world where I didn't work in comics that I would be happy to buy in an airport to take with me on a plane.

AUG160916 DOCTOR STRANGE MYSTIC APPRENTICE #1 $3.99
AUG160917 DOCTOR STRANGE MYSTIC APPRENTICE #1 LIM VAR $3.99
AUG160918 DOCTOR STRANGE MYSTIC APPRENTICE #1 WARD VAR $3.99
AUG160798 DOCTOR STRANGE SORCERERS SUPREME #1 NOW $3.99
I get that there's a movie out, but I don't know why we can't just have a pretty good Dr. Strange series for a while without the market-share shenanigans.

AUG161167 EPIC BIG NATE HC $50.00
Really big. The past bookstore performance makes this logical, though, and good luck to everyone involved.

JUN160680 PRINCE OF CATS HC $24.99
MAY168921 PRINCE OF CATS HC SIGNED & LIMITED ED $29.99
This is a beautiful-looking, fun comic. The story of Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet, what should be a fatalistic exercise is a kind of breezy blast in the hands of cartoonist Ronald Wimberly. He even gets in some poignant commentary about how a world soaked with fatalism can change the outlook of the best, brightest and even most hopeful. A career-maker, reprinted at a bigger size than before.

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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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