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June 28, 2017


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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MAY160528 ALACK SINNER AGE OF INNOCENCE TP $29.99
MAY171589 FOG OVER TOLBIAC BRIDGE HC TARDI $19.99
This strikes me as a smaller week in terms of title of interest, but a significant one in terms of the level of that interest. An Alack Sinner collection is about as good as surprise discoveries at the comics shop may get. Tight stories, funny and wise, magnificently drawn. I read them and then I go back and stare at them. I tend to do the same with Tardi, but I think the last decade or so of English-language releases has made my eye become at least a little accustomed to how Tardi savages a page. It's great to have so much of his work out now over here.

imageMAR171256 TITAN #5 (MR) $6.99
APR170863 SAGA #44 (MR) $2.99
MAR171254 REICH #8 (OF 12) (MR) $4.00
APR171032 BLACK PANTHER #15 $3.99
A shorter than usual week if you're just running in to pick up flopping. Francois Vigneault's harder-than-some science fiction story Titan runs to its first concluding moment (I only say "first" because I hope for more) with a lot of confidence in terms of tone and plotting. Saga #44 will make a lot of comics shops happy. Reich may make some people happy, too, I just don't know as many of those people anymore. I love all of my copies, though, and am glad for the series late-in-publishing-life chance at new DM stores. Black Panther strikes me as a title at a point in the series where Marvel traditionally starts to lose its readers, so that will be interesting to watch. I'm still buying them.

FEB170447 WALTER SIMONSON THOR RETURN OF BETA RAY BILL ARTIST ED HC $125.00
One of the most fun artists ever in the format that changed the way that I, at least, thought about him.

FEB170071 USAGI YOJIMBO TP VOL 31 HELL SCREEN $17.99
I will buy every comic that Stan Sakai ever makes.

APR170737 ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN COMP COLL HC $54.99
I read a lot of these in serial form. This was Robert Kirkman with Jason Howard on an extremely superhero-y take on one of the great monster concepts. This made it really stand out against the last 25 year of monster comics, and while it was never super-successful, it had fans that would seemingly delight in this gigundus collection.

FEB170536 COMPLETE CHESTER GOULD DICK TRACY HC VOL 22 $44.99
Dick Tracy ranks pretty low in my personal pantheon, but it's a fun strip that was frequently beautiful to look and it amazes me that there are people spending a thousand dollars to have all of these stunning-looking books in their personal library. Oh to be rich and a comics reader.

APR171966 LIFE CHANGING MANGA OF TIDYING UP $14.99
This looks fun: a fictional treatment of life-changing cleaning-up philosophies promoted by Marie Kondo. I would imagine that manga would be an efficient way to communicate that kind of news.

APR171801 CARTHAGO ADVENTURES DLX HC (MR) $34.95
I would stop and stare at this European adventure series for as long as my shop would let me.

APR170837 OCTOPUS PIE TP VOL 05 $19.99
AUG160477 TOM TOMORROW 25 YEARS OF TOMORROW HC $125.00
Here's a couple of other books that comics does well right now, or at least these are comics that come from fruitful places in recent comics tradition. The fifth volume of Octopus Pie concludes Meredith Gran's always funny, occasional touching and at times profane web series in a collected form that's always been flattering to that title. The Tom Tomorrow was a massively crowdfunded collection that was successful enough it was its own hyped object. I look forward to reading both.

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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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