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September 6, 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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JUL172214 GOOD NIGHT PLANET HC $12.95
I think I know why Jog quit doing weekly comics round-up last week. This week is ridiculously stuffed, mostly with prestige stand-alones by names that are exactly killers in the marketplace. I'm going to have jump off and jump back onto this post all day. Live my crowded-schedule pain.

JUN170420 SWEET TOOTH BOOK 01 (MR) $24.99
I never quite get how some DC-related books all of the sudden show up on the lists; I assume this is a reprint. I remember liking the series, and in collected form seems like a good way to have it around the house.

imageJUL171913 BEIRUT WONT CRY GN $30.00
I read these comics religiously during the year they were posted on-line and for their immediacy and impact the group of them collectively was in my top three for the year. I am surprised but very pleased to see a book, and wonder how those comics will read at this remove. I'm even looking forward to the Joe Sacco introduction, and I rarely think in terms of the written support pieces.

MAY170533 SUPER F*CKERS FOREVER TP (MR) $17.99
IDW is a good match for this series; that publisher seems to do well with elite old-school prestige projects and hard to place work with a mainstream-type appeal. James Kochalka's foul-mouthed teen superheroes would seem to fit into the latter group. I have a limited appetite for superhero parody, but I've laughed at some of the jokes in here for sure. I'm surprised the animated version didn't hit.

JUL171302 POPE HATS #5 (MR) $9.95
JUN170798 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #9 CVR A OPENA & HOLLINGSWORTH $3.99
JUL170178 USAGI YOJIMBO #161 $3.99
JUN170416 ASTRO CITY #47 $3.99
JUL170918 WALKING DEAD #171 (MR) $2.99
JUL171137 ASTONISHING X-MEN #3 $3.99
JUL171087 BLACK BOLT #5 $3.99
JUL171523 GIANT DAYS #30 $3.99
Bunches of serial comic-book comics worth noting although only a couple a must-buy. One of those is the fifth issue of Ethan Rilly's solo-anthology title, this time devoted to the last chapter in his big and enjoyable serial about a friendship between two women and how that friendship helps each person through a significant lifetime change. It's extremely pleasurable reading of the old-school '90s alt-comics variety. I like the Seven To Eternity comic for its grimy world-building more than I can follow the plot. It feels like a better thought-out version of an Epic Illustrated story. I will buy all Stan Sakai comics until I die or he stops making them. I am not an Astro City buyer but I admire this latest run. Walking Dead shifts into a road story, which should shake up the plotting. I was dismayed by how poor I thought the twin X-Men titles bearing colors but thought this mini-series with its focus on noting but resetting old X-Men character relationships, was serviceable. I don't know why this didn't kick off one of the ongoings. My enjoys Black Bolt, so I'm enjoying the Christian Ward art on this series as I buy them for him. And I'm always interested in anything in which John Allison has a hand.

JUL170962 WICKED & DIVINE #31 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
MAY170737 WICKED & DIVINE HC VOL 02 (MR) $44.99
A handsome collection and hell, handsome individual issue of this series, probably the indy (by which I mean an alternative take on genre material) comic series of the moment, with nothing else coming close. I have a hard time following what's going on, but I'm still in there, trying. It should be quite the TV series at one point in terms of having a specific look an a lot of meaty roles for the actors.

MAY171603 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC VOL 11 MICKEY VS MICKEY $34.99
It's wonderful these are being published, although Gottfredson's art got less appealing ragged sooner than I remember and thus I'm not sure how many are crucial to own. They are certainly pleasing, well-done mainstream entertainment at any stage.

imageJUL171842 POPPIES OF IRAQ HC $21.95
JUN171681 GROSZ HC $19.99
JUL171920 HUNTING ACCIDENT HC GN $34.99
JUN171280 ICELAND GN $15.00
JUL171954 RETREAT GN (MR) $14.95
DEC161688 MOUNTEBANK GN (MR) $25.00
JUL171646 DREAMS IN THIN AIR GN $25.00
JUL171647 DURAN DURAN IMELDA MARCOS AND ME GN $18.00
And this is where I have a fucking nervous breakdown and do another one of these groupings because crap. Let me come back to this. Rich people with an exploratory nature? This is your week in comics.

JUN171441 LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL HC GN VOL 02 STONE COLD AGE $12.99
The second of Jeffrey Brown's cute all-ages series is out. I hope it's well-supported and catches on. Brown did such a great job with the Star Wars stuff for so long you'd like to see those efforts have a more direct impact on comics that Brown is closer to creatively.

JUN172037 BACK ISSUE #100 $9.95
All respect to the 100th issue. I love these kinds of magazines although I find them only intermittently useful. In that way, it's kind of like trying to figure out comics history and what comics are good when magazines like these, with this outlook were the giants that roamed the earth.

MAY171234 MOUSE GUARD ALPHABET BOOK HC $16.99
I have no idea why there are as many alphabet books as there are coloring books. I thought that was going to happen when the second wave of alt-publishers started having kids, but no.

JUN171673 JOHNNY APPLESEED HC $19.99
This is Paul Buhle writing and Noah Van Sciver drawing, and thus an intriguing window on how much of Van Sciver's recent shift into a higher gear comes from writing and what might com from his art. I liked it, it's a little scattered and kind of doggedly non-commercial. Van Sciver's art is very well-suited to this kind of material but the lack of poetry in the flow of the narrative makes it a stop-and-start affair. Endlessly interesting subject matter, one of the few historical legends that is probably more in the center of American impulses than when I read about them as a kid.

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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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