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June 4, 2014


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases Into The Comics 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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JAN148325 ROBERT CRUMB SKETCHBOOKS 1964-1982 6 VOL SET (MR) $1,000.00
Maybe my look at the list of books was too cursory this morning, but I honestly dont' find a ton that interests me. If I had the money I would certainly buy this set of Robert Crumb sketchbooks, although if I had the money to drop $1K at the comics shop my life would be so different than it is now I'm hesitant to say what I would buy and what I wouldn't buy. If I had that much money I might just pay people dressed up as superheroes to talk to me while I drove around in my car. Anyway, I'm certainly glad these exist, as I'm one of those people that suspects the sketchbooks may be Crumb's greatest achievement.

imageMAR140085 LOBSTER JOHNSON GET LOBSTER #4 $3.99
APR140283 TINY TITANS RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE #1 $2.99
APR140692 BLACK WIDOW #7 $3.99
APR140723 CYCLOPS #2 $3.99
APR140713 IRON FIST LIVING WEAPON #3 $3.99
APR140690 LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #5 $2.99
APR140737 MAGNETO #5 $3.99
APR140673 MILES MORALES ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99
APR140707 MOON KNIGHT #4 $3.99
APR140960 BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #1 MAIN CVRS $3.99
DEC131202 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #208 $5.99
This is even a kind-of-odd week for the serial adventure comic books that I might think about buying, as it seems none of the ones I follow in serial form from Image are available. There's a Mignola-verse comic, and the return of those little-kid DC comics that everyone likes -- I'm actually not sure those went away for that long of a time -- and I think it's worth noting that Knights Of The Dinner Table has reached the 2/3 Cerebus level, which is astonishing to me. Mostly, though, I guess I'd try some of these early-in-series Marvel comics. I'm told Magneto is fun, and before this particular series I'm not sure anyone ever wrote, "Magneto is fun."

FEB140028 NEXUS OMNIBUS TP VOL 05 $24.99
I am always greatly interested in some series no matter how many times they've been reprinted or how easy it is to access previous formattings: the iconic indy-comic Nexus is one of those books. I will always look at books in whatever reprint series they're doing.

APR141064 WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW HC (MR) $20.00
This is Willy Linthout's follow to the idiosyncratic and affecting Year Of The Elephant, focused on famlial interrelationships. It is all by itself enough to get me to the comic book shop, and in a week where I don't have $1000, is pretty much the king of the comics ball. I'm sure I've passed over a bunch of stuff, though.

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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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