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February 27, 2013


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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DEC121247 NEMO HEART OF ICE HC $14.95
There aren't as many genre series that have been as reliably strong as these books have been, so I look forward to any iteration that arrives on shelves.

imageDEC121248 WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED #44 (MR) $7.00
It's an odd week for comics, or at least comics that I tend to buy. If I were in a comics shop I think I would be casting around a bit, perhaps saving my money to buy books directly from authors at ECCC. At any rate, if my store were one of those awesome ones that carried magazines like WW3 Illustrated, I would certainly take note of a new issue.

NOV120056 ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES HC VOL 02 $49.99
NOV120057 ARCHIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 08 $59.99
These are two Dark Horse collection efforts that have been a little more difficult for me to track than others. I don't have a refined knowledge of Silver Age comics that would tell me exactly what's in an Adventures Into The Unknown archival collection, but I would certainly check one out were it to appear in front of me on a book rack. The Archie material is being collected a few different places in a few different way and while I've been looking at all of it I don't know that I'm all in on any one series yet.

DEC120320 JOE KUBERT PRESENTS #5 $4.99
DEC120420 ROCKETEER HOLLYWOOD HORROR #1 $3.99
DEC120582 PROPHET #34 [DIG] $3.99
DEC120693 HAWKEYE #8 $2.99
This is what popped for me new-serial-comic-book wise. The first two are actually book I'd want to see before I thought about buying them, particularly the Rocketeer effort, which is a series of new comics I haven't been tracking at all. In fact, I'm more just glad that there's an audience for off-mainstream costumed adventure more than I have a drive to see those comics myself. The Prophet and the Hawkeye have been the most reliable mainstream comics effort in their specific sub-categories for months and months now.

JAN131159 OLYMPIANS GN VOL 01 ZEUS KING OF THE GODS $9.99
JAN131160 OLYMPIANS GN VOL 02 ATHENA GREY EYED GODDESS $9.99
JAN131161 OLYMPIANS GN VOL 03 HERA GODDESS AND HER GLORY $9.99
These First Second George O'Connor book have sold pretty well and have a little market force with multiple volumes out.

NOV121028 XIII CINEBOOK ED GN VOL 08 THIRTEEN TO ONE $11.95
NOV121029 XIII CINEBOOK ED GN VOL 09 FOR MARIA $11.95
NOV121030 XIII CINEBOOK ED GN VOL 10 EL CASCADOR $11.95
DEC120976 XIII CINEBOOK ED GN VOL 11 THREE SILVER WATCHES $13.95
DEC120977 XIII CINEBOOK ED GN VOL 12 TRIAL $11.95
DEC120978 XIII CINEBOOK ED GN VOL 13 TOP SECRET $11.95
I would spend some time with a six XIII books if they showed up in front of me, why the hell not? People like that series. I think there's even a TV version somewhere with alternate-universe Aragorn or someone like that. Or maybe I'm thinking of another series entirely. Someone e-mailed me that all the Cinebook books showed up this week at once, so if you're a fan of that line you should probably slow dance with the more complete new releases list that's available through one of the links.

NOV121242 MITCH O CONNELL TATTOOS SC (MR) $14.95
NOV121241 MITCH OCONNELL WORLDS BEST ARTIST SC (MR) $35.00
I'm a fan of Mitch O'Connell, briefly a sequential comics artist some three decades ago and a longtime painter of hipster-friendly iconography. He is skilled, and this is an older book and a brand-new book, both of which I want to own.

JAN131345 KINGS IN DISGUISE TP $16.95
JAN131344 ON THE ROPES HC $24.95
Speaking of decades-ago comics work, this is the James Vance/Dan Burr depressing-setting work from that period and a seminal graphic novel of its day and the brand-new sequel set a bit later in the 1930s than the first one. That's a long-time coming, but super-welcome. Hooray for comics.

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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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