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February 5, 2014


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To 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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NOV131048 ANT COLONY HC (MR) $21.95
It's difficult not to see this one as the only reason that many readers of this site will head to a comics shop today, perhaps mitigated by the choice of purchasing it from the cartoonist himself at some point during his tour. Michael DeForge is a major talent, and this is the first book in what many hope will be a fruitful partnership with Drawn and Quarterly. I enjoyed this book a great deal; it was a read I spread over a series of nights, as there was a lot to think about it with individual stories. That seems silly in a sense, because a lot of the stories are goofy and fun, but it took me a while to find my place with the work.

imageDEC131293 ALONE FOREVER GN (MR) $9.95
Top Shelf isn't doing a ton of books these days, but then again, neither does the cartoonist Liz Prince from what I can tell. I'm old enough now that I measure short periods of time in two-, three-year increments -- it will happen to you -- and it had seemed quite some time since Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?. I know there's been other work since, but not work of this type making that kind of impression. At any rate, there would be a high curiosity factor for me in picking up this work and I would certainly do so if I saw it in a comics shop.

OCT130606 LAZARUS #6 (MR) [DIG] $2.99
DEC130583 MINIMUM WAGE #2 (MR) [DIG] $3.50
NOV138194 SEX CRIMINALS #1 5TH PTG (MR) $3.50
DEC130112 LOBSTER JOHNSON GET LOBSTER #1 $3.99
DEC130393 JUDGE DREDD MEGA CITY TWO #2 [DIG/P+] $3.99
DEC130663 LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #1 ANMN $2.99
DEC130623 MS MARVEL #1 ANMN $2.99
There's a ton here in terms of work I'd buy. I've enjoyed the Lazarus comics so far for the commitment to the backstory, even though I'm still having a hard time figuring out the way that world works. It's nice to have Bob Fingerman back making serial comics -- he's really firing through them right now, which make sense in that I think he really wants this series to find an audience in its Image iteration. I always note extensive printing and high issue numbers, because I'm largely unsocialized and like big numbers. Five printings on Sex Criminals likely puts it into six figures -- it was there earlier depending on how the first issue did, but I would bet a chunk of money that it's there now regardless. I'm always happy to see a Mignola-verse title with the Lobster Johnson character, even though I find joke titles referencing films kind of odd. The Judge Dredd is I believe the one that Douglas Wolk worked on, which is sort of like going to see the band of a guy you're doing a temp job with. Marvel's doine a lot of work reviving the Loki character, and the movies have been a singular help there, too. I haven't read the character since I think Rob Rodi was writing him, so I might pick that one up. Finally, the Ms. Marvel book has had enough of the kind of publicity that actually might movie copies here. I think what Marvel does with its non top-of-line books tends to be pretty smart, and providing strong hero identifiers for underserved readerships is a fantastic thing to do with their extensive character library.

OCT130054 AXE COP TP VOL 05 AXE COP GETS MARRIED $14.99
Like I said, I always make note when a series has a higher issue or volume number than I would have guessed.

NOV130333 LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 06 ALPHA & OMEGA [DIG] $29.99
NOV130334 LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 06 ALPHA & OMEGA SERIES SLIPCASE ED $39.99
NOV130381 RED LIGHT PROPERTIES GN $19.99
That's the last of those Locke & Key books, I think, while Red Light is the first major Dan Goldman project I can remember seeing for a while. It's awfully early and kind of cold out, though, so be nice if you have to correct me.

NOV130707 INFINITY HC $75.00
I read the main series of this and found it fascinating on certain levels but I'm still thinking about writing an actual review and this has to be included added material. I do tend to think that if you're not close-watching the Marvel books, or if you're inclined to let them off the hook for various, odd, creative choices, they tend to do the trick: placing the various Marvel heroes where they can enact core functions in a story with very high stakes. In this one, it's un unstoppable alien army so grand as if to not be an army so much as The Army behind all the armies going back to creation itself. Earth's heroes are like the hillbilly relatives of Patrick Swayze's characters in Next Of Kin: backwards, but really good at fighting. And... fight.

OCT130964 BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #8 (MR) $1.99
All respect to Rich Johnston for finding a way to do print in this market. I can barely keep a web site going.

OCT131192 EC GRAHAM INGELS SUCKER BAIT & OTHER STORIES HC $28.99
DEC131163 EC JACK KAMEN ZERO HOUR & OTHER STORIES HC $28.99
Finally, I've enjoyed the Fantagraphics EC books quite a bit, and moreover I've enjoyed all of the volumes at least a little bit. There are good comics in these across the board. So I'm looking forward for an extensive look at Ingels, my least favorite EC artist, and Kamen, one of the underrated ones I like quite a bit. A lot has been made about but not doing these in color, but I barely notice; one thing I do notice is that they're small enough to carry around the house and to read on the sofa.

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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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