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December 20, 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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OCT170956 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN #1 (OF 2) $5.99
OCT170958 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN #1 (OF 2) PISKOR CHARACTER VAR $5.99
OCT170957 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN #1 (OF 2) PISKOR CORNER BOX VAR $5.99
Ed Piskor's much-discussed shot an X-Men comic telling their convoluted publishing history as if it were one giant saga -- and of course it is -- arrives just in time for the Christmas Holiday. I liked the pages I saw, and I certainly spent a lot of time when I was a kid reading X-Men comic books. It should be interesting to see how much crossover there is from Piskor's more recent work: I suspect a decent amount.

imageOCT170405 ASSASSINISTAS #1 CVR A HERNANDEZ (MR) $3.99
OCT170406 ASSASSINISTAS #1 CVR B GREENE (MR) $3.99
OCT170021 HELLBOY KRAMPUSNACHT #1 $3.99
OCT170023 HELLBOY KRAMPUSNACHT #1 HUGHES SKETCH VAR $3.99
OCT170022 HELLBOY KRAMPUSNACHT #1 MIGNOLA VAR $3.99
OCT170548 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS COMICS FOR ALL #1 CVR A $3.99
OCT170549 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS COMICS FOR ALL #1 CVR B $3.99
OCT170683 HEAD LOPPER #8 CVR A MACLEAN & BELLAIRE $5.99
OCT170684 HEAD LOPPER #8 CVR B KINNER & ZIRITT $5.99
OCT170686 INVINCIBLE #143 (MR) $3.99
These are all variant covers except the Robert Kirkman-involved superhero book at the end, there, that likely doesn't need that kind of offering as it winds down its long run. That's too many goddamn variants. Every variant puts a strain on the market and too many puts too much strain. Time to walk this way back -- although I don't suppose there's any reasoning with this kind of short-term profit, so maybe we should enjoy the extra work given artists and hope for the best. The Assassinistas book is one of the new Shelly Bonds and offers for olds like me Gilbert Hernandez. I always list the Hellboys, and am rarely disappointed. I would assume the comic book history of comics title is a continuation of IDW's treatment of the original work in serialized form. I once wrote an introduction for one of those books, so I must have liked it (long week, sorry). I really like Head Lopper, a kind of Hellboy for the Adventure Time generation. And I'm always fond of endings.

OCT171594 NIGHT BUSINESS HC (MR) $24.99
I thought this was out already but it's a big bunch of Ben Marra, and I hope to do something with it on the site soon.

AUG171345 STARDUST KID HC $24.99
Mike Ploog!

SEP172175 JAMIE HEWLETT INSIDE THE MIND OF JAMIE HEWLETT HC (MR) (RES) $59.99
There are a whole bunch of art books out this week for your last-minute Christmas shopping pleasure. This is the one on the list I'd look at in a story. Should be pretty in there.

SEP171658 CICIS JOURNAL HC GN $17.99
Finally, this is a stand-alone First Second book that I hadn't been tracking -- First Second published a lot of books this year. Like most of the First Second offerings of recent vintage, this looks like a potential series in the making. I always like investigative kids protagonist and the art from Aurélie Neyret looks super-cute.

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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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