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January 2, 2014


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To The Comics Direct Market

imageHere 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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AUG130422 WALTER SIMONSON MIGHTY THOR ARTIST ED HC NEW PTG $100.00

OCT130692 SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #7 $2.99

OCT138176 AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #2 2ND PTG $2.99

SEP131170 CELEBRATED SUMMER GN $16.99

AUG131443 GRAPHIC CANON TP BOX SET VOL 1-3 (MR) $125.00

I'm not sure that I'd be doing a lot of new comics buying this week, either, although this feels more like a half-week and last week felt more like a skeleton week there were so few comics offered. What I saw that I might pick up was a pretty short list, too. I liked the Simonson Artists Edition of Thor a lot, and already own one. This is one of the volumes that was less about poring over the art and more just enjoying the book at a larger size in black and white. The Superior Foes Of Spider-Man is I think Steve Lieber; I'd just sort of like to see how this latest group of Spider-Man comics is executed. Afterlife With Archie is super-pretty; I don't care enough about Archie to have an opinion more fully formed than that. Celebrated Summer is the book I'd walk out of the store having purchased, or at least the first thing from the new releases section I'd purchase. That's Chuck Forsman's follow-up to The End Of The Fucking World, or at least it's a follow-up in terms of book release. I can imagine clever contrarians declaring their love for the this new one over that one, but I think they both have a lot of interesting things in them. I didn't like the first volume of Graphic Canon but they've been very successful and the reviews are mostly very complimentary.

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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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