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July 5, 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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MAY171794 GOOD EARTH GN $26.99
High curiosity for this one -- Nick Bertozzi adapting the Pearl Buck novel for... you know, I have no idea why this exists. Bertozzi has some experience with the kind of restrained and steady approach I would imagine this needs, and the work itself is a deserved reputation-maker for the prose author with a cultural significance that extends beyond its pages.

MAR170056 ANGEL CATBIRD HC VOL 03 CATBIRD ROARS (C: 0-1-2) $14.99
I'd like a look at this comic -- the third of the Margaret Atwood books with Johnnie Christmas. The first one was super-hyped but was not what a lot of people expected. I liked that it seemed to have a focus that broke with more recent inquiries into the superhero genre.

NOV160079 BEANWORLD HC VOL 04 HOKA HOKA BURBL BURBL (C: 0-1-2) $16.99
MAR170060 GLISTER TP (C: 0-1-2) $14.99
Two volumes I'd like to buy, both of which I think are reprints. Update: Actually, I'm told the Beanworld is new -- so that's nice. Back To It: The first one is a series of books gathering up Larry Marder's Beanworld material, and the second is Andi Watson, a unique talent that has never quite found the audience he deserves.

imageAUG160639 JUPITERS LEGACY VOL 2 #5 (OF 5) CVR A QUITELY (MR) $4.99
APR170059 VISITOR HOW AND WHY HE STAYED #5 (OF 5) $3.99
MAY170706 ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #4 (MR) $3.99
MAY170719 SNOTGIRL #6 $2.99
MAR170786 SUN BAKERY #4 (MR) $4.99
MAY170730 WALKING DEAD #169 (MR) $2.99
MAY170735 WICKED & DIVINE #29 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
MAY170860 BLACK BOLT #3 $3.99
MAY171272 GIANT DAYS #28 $3.99
Lots of interest in serial comics this week. The Mark Millar/Frank Quitely superhero story Jupiter's Legacy ends its second cycle. Since it started a few years back Millar has seemingly changed his approach from an epic pace to an almost proof of concept highlight reel. Quitely's art, of course is deeply weird and at times gorgeous; I like looking at it. I similarly find pleasure in staring at Paul Grist's pages, and this solid if unremarkable trip into the Hellboy universe was no exception. I hope they use him again. Rock Candy Mountain, Snotgirl and Sun Bakery are all comics aspects of which I've enjoyed but I haven't really read and should. Walking Dead and Wicked & Divine are comics of the moment on different ends of their time in the sun, although really Walking Dead could go on for a very long time. I still want to see him deal with the nuclear reactors thing; even that weird Last Man show has noted those start to go China Syndrome after a while. Black Bolt I list because I want to pick it up for my brother. It looks pretty as hell. Giant Days is John Allison and I always buy John Allison, although there's a "side project" feel to this work that won't go away.

APR171952 PLUM CRAZY TALES OF TIGER STRIPED CAT GN VOL 01 (C: 0-1-0) $11.99
This is straight-up mainstream-ready cat manga for all-ages, and it's about time we saw something like this on comics shelves. There probably has been something like this that I just haven't noticed.

APR170440 WONDER WOMAN BY GREG RUCKA TP VOL 02 $29.99
FEB170322 WONDER WOMAN THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $75.00
More Wonder Woman, which is likely welcome in this summer of Wonder Woman, where the film has become the return-to movie of this summer and will likely make a metric ton of box office before it's all done, even more than you'd think from the splash it made its first couple of week. I still don't know why DC didn't settle on a single volume to push, but they tend to know what they're doing with their book trade choices.

JAN171093 AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00
Jonathan Hickman intrigues me as a writer, and I embarrassed myself by sharing that with him at a recent show. His Marvel work shows his skills off to significant effect, albeit in service to event comics that always feel more market-compelled than natural outcomes of narrative. I also thought he never quite found the artist pairings he deserved. I'd rather have the individual issues, but I can imagine a life path where this would be the preferred format.

APR171436 GIANT DAYS NOT ON THE TEST EDITION HC VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2) $34.99
APR171517 VALERIAN GN VOL 16 HOSTAGE OF ULTRALUM (C: 0-1-1) $15.95
APR170834 MONSTRESS TP VOL 02 (MR) $16.99
More John Allison (with Lissa Treiman), the latest in the latest go at English-language Valerian/Laureline books and a trade from Image for a popular series that I think many are following in trade. All perfectly respectable summer choices for genre reading, although I imagine a large portion of CR's readership might skip all three.

MAR172140 ALTER EGO #147 (C: 0-1-1) $9.95
147. All respect.

FEB162027 BATTLING BEAUTIES ART OF FRANK THORNE HC (MR) $60.00
I really like Frank Thorne's art but I have to admit the attention to the female form is less up my alley than the textures of his work and the way he captures energy within single images. Although I'm not sure he works any longer (he'd have to be in his late '80s), I thought a lot of his straight-up porn work was hard to read but beautiful to drink in visually. I'd surely take a look at this in the store.

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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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