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February 8, 2012


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To 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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OCT111062 BERLIN #18 (MR) $4.95
The latest issue of Jason Lutes' long-running series all by itself would get me into a comics shop today, were one within two hours of where I'm sitting. I really like this as a comic book, even, more than the collections that have been release so far.

imageNOV111115 GTO 14 DAYS IN SHONAN GN VOL 01 $10.95
This is a manga property with which I'm largely unfamiliar -- besides always getting a chuckle out of the "guy becomes teacher to have an in with young girls" initial concept -- that I will give a shot because of the publisher involved now (Vertical). That's not a statistically significant sample, I know, but it happens. This is the sequel to the popular late 1990s series.

OCT110026 STRANGE CASE OF MR HYDE TP $14.99
I wanted to pull this one out because this was a classic mini-series of comics to trade publication comic, starring what is to me unknown talent. I think it's worth noting when a publisher like Dark Horse does that, because it doesn't happen as much as it used to. The thought of Jekyll/Hyde as half of a Victorian buddy cop duo -- I'm guessing -- makes me pine for a comic where Jekyll and Hyde are the entirety of a Victorian buddy cop duo, but I'll withhold judgment until I get to a funnybook shop and take a peek at the work.

DEC110058 LOBSTER JOHNSON THE BURNING HAND #2 (OF 5) $3.50
DEC110079 MURKY WORLD ONE SHOT $3.50
NOV110235 NORTHLANDERS #48 (MR) $2.99
DEC110623 NORTHANGER ABBEY #4 (OF 5) $3.99
DEC110939 ADVENTURE TIME #1 $3.99
Not a bad week for comic-book comics, even when you leave out the higher end stuff of interest from Marvel and DC. The Lobster Johnson is the latest comic from the unstoppable Mignola-verse. The Murky World title is Richard Corben, and everything Corben is at least worth a pick-up and look-over in a store. The Northlander comic I haven't read for a few years but my memory is that it was a solid funnybook in the Vertigo vein, and is now heading towards Valhalla. I dont' have any intention on buying Northanger Abbey, but seeing books like that on Marvel's list always makes me laugh. The Adventure Time property isn't something I've caught up to, yet, but I'd look at the funnybook if I could get to one before it sold out.

SEP110334 TORPEDO HC VOL 04 $24.99
If I had a normal person's job, I'd buy all these Torpedo volumes, and there will be a point down the road I'll probably have them all in my bookshelf and be grateful they were published.

DEC111170 AMERICAN SPLENDOR LIFE & TIMES OF HARVEY PEKAR GN NEW PTG $20.00
OCT111102 LIFE & DEATH OF FRITZ THE CAT HC $19.99
Work you probably have in one form or another. If you don't have them, you should probably want them. The Fritz book is handsome; I haven't cracked my copy yet.

DEC111048 JINCHALO GN $19.95
In a week without a new issue of Berlin, this stand-alone fantasy by Matthew Forsythe drawn from Korean myth would place an image right at the top of this post. I thought the last work of this type from the cartoonist was a total charmer, and it was one of those books where I ran imagery on the blog and people kept e-mailing me to ask what the hell it was.

NOV111113 WALLY WOOD STRANGE WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION DLX HC $69.95
OCT111099 YOUNG ROMANCE BEST SIMON & KIRBY COMICS HC $29.99
Two comics veterans on the Mount Rushmore Of Perpetual Interest, plus the late Joe Simon, who's no piker. I have a decided lack of reading experience with romance comics, so I'm hoping the Young Romance book is effectively curated.

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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 on me. I apologize.

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