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November 15, 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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SEP172185 CARTOON COUNTY MY FATHER FRIENDS GOLDEN AGE MAKE BELIEVE $27.00
In a year of great books about comics comes another candidate for end-of-year lists: Cullen Murphy's memories of the cartooning community in Southern Connecticut in the near middle of the 20th Century. When I'm at work I dream of going home and continuing to read this one; it's like they're making books just for me now.

JUN170396 BATMAN THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS HC VOL 04 $75.00
I have no idea what this series is like but it has to be pretty interesting, right? There's a big chunk of Batman's publishing history we remember only in single images, while focusing on the very early, very '60s, very grim-and-gritty material.

imageSEP170708 BUTCHER BAKER RIGHTEOUS MAKER TP (MR) $17.99
Joe Casey-written comics sweat ideas and sideways observation, and this one is no exception. Mike Huddleston's slightly off-kilter, still grounded action art work make this a more memorable foregrounded experience than many books of its kind. Come for the mayhem, stay for the ahems.

SEP170378 WILD STORM #9 $3.99
JUL170791 EAST OF WEST #35 $3.99
SEP170744 INVINCIBLE #142 (MR) $3.99
SEP170751 MAGE HERO DENIED #4 (OF 15) $3.99
SEP170798 WICKED & DIVINE #33 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
SEP170799 WICKED & DIVINE #33 CVR B DAUTERMAN (MR) $3.99
SEP170938 BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #2 (OF 2) $3.99
Odd week for comics of the comic-book format variety. I'm enjoying Warren Ellis' recent round of adventure books as they get their feet underneath them. Jonathan Hickman is an interesting writer and all of his projects and this one is the most arch and majestic of his recent works. Invincible winds down with a conclusion to the hero's series-long conflict with the Robot character, a super-villain who improved things. Wicked & Divine ends an arc in the sense of the comic not the characters in the storyline. I mention the Black Panther because again, I'm not sure why it's smarter for Marvel to try to spread a character that hasn't done that many issue of comics in its current, core run. I guess you need to hit your market percentage somehow, but it's still depressing.

SEP171697 ADRIFT GN (MR) $14.95
This is Gregory Mardon, a family story, and 20th century maritime adventure. Sold. At least for a look-over at the shop.

JUL172036 BAD MACHINERY POCKET ED GN VOL 03 CASE SIMPLE SOUL $12.99
I buy everything John Allison does.

SEP171143 BIG BOX OF BIG NATE BOXED SET $39.00
SEP171154 DILBERT TP DILBERT GETS RE ACCOMMODATED $14.99
Two bookstore regulars in their comics shop offering. I would love to know more about people that continue to read Dilbert. I have a sense there's a billion of them, but it's no longer anyone I know. Except you, Steve. You're probably still reading these books.

SEP171430 VALERIAN GN VOL 19 AT EDGE OF GREAT VOID $11.95
I like these comics. That movie seems like it came out 38 years ago, like the same time as that Doc Savage film with Ron Ely.

SEP172189 HARVEY COMICS COMPANION SC $39.00
I know nothing about this, and wasn't aware one needed a companion for those comics, although I suppose there are people with a refined aesthetic for Hot Stuff just like there are people with refined aesthetics for just about every kind of book.

MAY170524 P CRAIG RUSSELL STRANGE DREAMS ARTIST ED HC $125.00
This is two Russell projects for Marvel, both of which were striking as originally published and should look wonderful in this format. It's amazing there aren't more pages of Russell doing Doctor Strange, but it's fun to stare at the ones we have.

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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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