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February 15, 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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SEP111102 ATHOS IN AMERICA HC $24.99
I'm in the midst of reading this new short-story collection from Jason. It's good, but Jason is so reliable you can basically the new works sight unseen at this point. I'm warming up to the hardcover presentations of this material.

imageNOV111022 MADWOMAN O/T SACRED HEART GN (MR) $24.95
Jodorowsky and Moebius, together or by themselves: always worth a look if not an outright blind purchase. This is a softcover release of a hardcover version I believe also recommended in one of these column installments.

NOV111130 SLAM DUNK GN VOL 20 $9.99
NOV111131 BAKUMAN TP VOL 09 $9.99
Two solid performers in the mainstream manga translation realm. I like both series, and I like buying manga volumes as long as I can keep myself from multiplying the volume number by the price.

OCT111262 SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY FILM COMIC VOL 01 $16.99
OCT111263 SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY FILM COMIC VOL 02 $16.99
The Studio Ghibli-related crossover material tends to be of a pretty high quality, enough that I'd give this a look.

OCT111194 COMICS ON TRIAL SC VOL 03 KIRBY VS DISNEY MARVEL $25.00
This is a deposition and court document compilation of latest legal wrangling between the various names in the title. I'm not sure who the heck buys this -- I suppose I'm in the top one percent of the potential audience for this one -- but I'm sort of glad someone is putting this kind of thing together.

DEC110055 BPRD HELL ON EARTH LONG DEATH #1 FEGREDO CVR $3.50
DEC110607 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #513 $3.99
DEC110592 WINTER SOLDIER #2 $2.99
DEC110944 ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #5 $3.99
DEC110469 GLORY #23 CAMPBELL CVR $2.99
DEC118139 MUDMAN #1 VAR CVR 2ND PTG $3.50
DEC118140 MUDMAN #2 VAR CVR 2ND PTG $3.50
NOV118136 PROPHET #21 VAR CVR 2ND PTG $2.99
NOV110672 GLAMOURPUSS #23 $3.00
Finally, this is is a pretty varied and sturdy week for comic-book purchases, particularly if you throw in the second printings on the latest Paul Grist superhero effort and the Prophet revamp. There's a little Mignola-verse material, as those books steam on. The writers Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker have latest chapters of serial comics out from Marvel. Roger Langridge is a treasure of comics no matter what he's doing, and a creator-owned and creator-directed project like Snarked! has the additional virtue of not being someone else's property. The Glory is the latest revamp of an Image-era superhero character, featuring potent art by Ross Campbell. And there's no greater participant in the weekly comics buying experience for many of us in the over 30 bracket than Dave Sim, whose Glamourpuss pops up on stands this week. It's certainly a different way to spend $30 on comics than taking a flyer on a new collected edition of some sort.

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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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