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July 12, 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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MAY171635 ALONE (G13) GN $25.00
I know very little about this massive Simon and Schuster book featuring the work of Christophe Chabouté, but its lengthy exploration of a man isolated on an islnd with a lighthouse certainly fits in with this year's spate of laconically paced long form works.

imageMAY171714 KAIJUMAX SEASON 3 #1 $3.99
MAY170050 GROO PLAY OF GODS #1 $3.99
MAY178007 DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1 2ND PTG (MR) $3.99
APR170828 KILL OR BE KILLED #10 (MR) $3.99
I think I may be a full season behind on Zander Cannon's giant-monsters prison drama Kaijumax, but I know it's there waiting for me and Cannon is about as reliable and consistent as they come. Add three decades onto that appraisal and you have Sergio Aragones, whom I always buy and always will. There's the latest Chaykin; not sure if that will reignite the controversy or not. The first one is joining it as a reprint which means that it may be gaining a bit of momentum sales-wise. We'll see for sure in about two months. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips on the revenge genre has given us some of the nicest-looking pages of Phillips' long career. This latest issue felt like the pause before the final rush, but that just may be the structurel

MAR170050 MANARA LIBRARY TP VOL 02 EL GAUCHO & OTHER STORIES (MR) $29.99
I don't always follow Manara, and in fact I don't know what I want of his in my permanent comics collection. I know I'll always take a look at new collections.

APR170433 PLANETARY TP BOOK 01 $29.99
Given the kinds of TV shows and movies we're getting these days this would seem like a series that should be in print without cessation. I liked the individual issues enough I wonder how it reads in trade. The writer Warren Ellis usually flatters collection in a way some of his same-age peers do not.

MAY171205 S**T AND P**S GN (MR) $10.00
The latest from Retrofit. It's a literal reference. I'm not familiar with Tyler Landry save for his Studygroup comics, but those have been promising.

APAR171786 WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 03 CROWN GENGHIS KHAN $29.99
I think this stuff is aces and perfect summer reading, although I suspect we're going through a phase where Barks ends up slightly diminished in terms of his overall reputation. I'm not sure I'd want to read a lot of these comics if I were just starting out now.

MAR172025 AIRSHIP ADV OF LITTLE NEMO HC $15.00
The thing that interests me most about this collection of, literally, airship adventures from Little Nemo is that it's done at a small size and resulting affordable price point. This is why comic shops rule: there's so much stuff you want to hold in your hands as you make the decision to buy or not.

MAY171601 GIL JORDAN TEN THOUSAND YEARS HELL HC (RES) $19.99
The re-appearance of this Kim Thompson favorite will put a smile on the faces of a lot of fans of the late publisher. Well, it put one on mine. That cartooning is beautiful and the stories are bouncy and amusing -- again, perfectly suited to hammock reading. The cartooning seems first rate.

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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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