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January 24, 2018


This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into The 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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OCT171593 LIE & HOW WE TOLD IT HC (MR) $24.99
A stand-alone from a visually-interesting artist probably intended for holiday shopping but slipping into the New Year? Sounds great to me, and a reason to hit the comics shop all by itself.

AUG170018 ONLY END OF THE WORLD AGAIN HC $19.99
NOV170017 VINEGAR TEETH #1 (OF 4) $3.99
Two from Troy Nixey. "Vinegar Teeth" is a great title. The first one is a Oni Press serialized collaboration involving Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell.

AUG170343 SUPERMAN THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS HC VOL 05 $125.00
I can't afford these but I'm glad they exist for the possibility that one day I might be able to secure some of them. For all that Superman and Batman are kind of twin poles for the big superhero movement of mid-20th Century comics, I have huge reading holes where their comics are concerned. A lot of that is tough reading, but not all of it.

imageDEC171177 LISAS LEGACY TRILOGY HC SLIPCASE ED $80.00
This is Tom Batiuk's collection of three books featuring his Lisa character: alive, dying and then remembered. It's a good idea for a deluxe volume because the fan base for this week is very specific and wealthier than most.

NOV170566 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS COMICS FOR ALL #2 CVR A $3.99
NOV170567 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS COMICS FOR ALL #2 CVR B $3.99
I like these when I read them but I put it here just to make a jokey comment about the history of comic books surely including the notion that variant covers are bad.

NOV170547 TIME & VINE TP $24.99
I don't know anything about this book beyond its high-concept, film-able plot, but I always liked looking at Thom Zahler's stuff so I'd pick it up in a comics shop for sure.

NOV170731 BLACK CLOUD #7 (MR) $3.99
NOV170732 BLACK MAGICK #10 CVR A SCOTT (MR) $3.99
OCT170662 BLACK SCIENCE #34 CVR A SCALERA & DINISIO (MR) $4.99
That's a lot of black. This doesn't even include the Hickman one, which I think is the best of the quartet.

NOV171660 NOW #2 $9.99
NOV171353 LUMBERJANES #46 $3.99
SEP170753 MOONSTRUCK #5 $3.99
NOV170711 SEX CRIMINALS #21 (MR) $3.99
JAN170761 SOUTHERN BASTARDS #19 CVR A LATOUR (MR) $3.99
JAN170762 SOUTHERN BASTARDS #19 CVR B ZDARSKY (MR) $3.99
The second issue of the Eric Reynolds-edited anthology Now is surely the belle of the ball here; we are to get three this year. I always included Lumberjanes because I always think they're about fifteen issues behind of where they actually are. Moonstruck will live or die by its first trade, but I hope the perceived delay on the serial issues hurts them. New issue of Sex Criminals stakes out new narrative territory in addition to updating things about which we already know. This issue of Southern Bastards takes a hard turn towards resolving plot lines that took me totally by surprise. They're not done for a long while, but things suddenly felt more immediate and pressing than they had in a while.

NOV171677 OLYMPIANS GN VOL 10 HERMES TALES OF TRICKSTER $10.99
NOV171678 OLYMPIANS HC GN VOL 10 HERMES TALES OF TRICKSTER $18.99
I always like that both the hard and soft cover editions are released at once on this series and a few others like it. Nothing indicates how much the all-ages market has changed things than that.

SEP171632 POGO COMP SYNDICATED STRIPS HC BOX SET VOL 3 & 4 (RES) $75.00
Not how I've been buying them but this is a good deal on a beautiful looking script.

DEC172057 BEN KATCHOR CONVERSATIONS HC $50.00
I don't read every volume in this series, but Katchor is both a great interview and a difficult one so this could be fascinating.

NOV170686 SPY SEAL TP VOL 01 CORTEN-STEEL PHOENIX $12.99
Rich Tommaso's homage to French-language comics adventure storytelling and funny animal traditions finds it proper format -- at least in terms of everything being under one cover at an album's length. It's an involving read at that size.

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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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