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March 21, 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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OCT111101 NANCY IS HAPPY GN COMPLETE DAILIES 1943-1945 (RES) $24.99
This is lovely material, lovingly presented, as satisfying a production-style execution of a strip collection as I've seen in a long while. And that's not exactly a category light on well-executed books.

imageJAN121176 SAMMY THE MOUSE TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.00
Zak Sally's labor of love pulled back into his own grasp and away from other publishers and even printers. There's something about the future of comics in Sally's decision to just make these things himself, although the comics would be worthy of your attention if they were printed by a super-corporation on the bleached paper of original art from exploited 1960s creators.

NOV110051 AXE COP TP VOL 03 $14.99
JAN120074 BPRD HELL ON EARTH LONG DEATH #2 FEGREDO CVR $3.50
DEC110057 BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS HC VOL 03 $34.99
JAN120089 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #10 STAPLES VAR CVR $7.99
JAN120088 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #10 YEATES CVR $7.99
A lot of Dark Horse's sturdier marketplace offerings all gather around the new releases shelf to bully the other companies' output. The Dark Horse Presents has a timely Thomas Yeates cover the week where it was announced he'd be taking over for Gary Gianni on Prince Valiant.

JAN120316 TINY TITANS #50 $2.99
I believe this is the concluding issue on a series much liked by a lot of little kids and older customers for little-kids friendly comics work. The creative team is moving to a new effort so the comics will continue, but I imagine this makes the TT material primetime dollar-bin material for the next several years.

DEC110427 MICHAEL KALUTA SKETCHBOOK SERIES SC VOL 01 $9.99
I'm always interested in what Mike Kaluta is doing, and would take a look at this if the cover were made of prickly thorns.

JAN120408 ROCKETEER ADVENTURES 2 #1 (OF 4) $3.99
I'm not as interested in the adventures of Cliff Secord from people other than his late creator -- or at least following his late creator's passing an involvement -- but I'm sure others are and I think that IDW set up this project the right way.

JAN128086 PROPHET #22 VAR CVR 2ND PTG $2.99
JAN120601 PROPHET #23 $2.99
My memory is that at one point buying new serial comic book after the date of release could be a dicey thing -- people moved their attention elsewhere, further down the ever-continuing stream of the "get tiny chunks of culture in a bag" endeavor. I wonder if that's the same anymore, with the emphasis on graphic novels and other books that might stare at you for more than a few minutes on a single day before you decide to commit or walk away. In other words, I wonder if getting earlier issues of a series like Prophet works now in a way it didn't used to.

SEP110645 ELEKTRA ASSASSIN PREM HC (MR) $24.99
SEP110646 ELEKTRA ASSASSIN PREM HC DM VAR ED 85 (MR) $24.99
This is a mainstream comics perennial, and probably on the short list if you have a collection made up of permanent editions of this sort of thing. I'm told Marvel is old-man-landlord mercurial when it comes to keeping these things in print, so have a look if you're in the shop today.

JAN120907 DINOPOPOLOUS HC $7.99
This is a comic I have no idea what it is, not really, but I know it's from Blank Slate, I know it's in an oversized format but is basically comic-book length, and I know I'd want to look at it if I were in the store. It might be the first thing I look at. Being in a great, full-service, comic book store is a wonderful thing if you have that opportunity.

NOV111094 UNDERTOW GN $19.99
This is the other one I'm interested in seeing in the "beeline towards the book" way. I actually know an like Ellen Lindner's work, but I'm not sure I know a whole lot about this stand-alone offering (as in this is the first I've heard of it unless I heard of it and forgot). There's a preview of pages here.

JAN120675 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #514 $3.99
OCT111103 EIGHTBALL LIKE A VELVET GLOVE CAST IN IRON TP NEW PTG (O/A) $19.95
DEC111247 HOUSE OF FIVE LEAVES TP VOL 06 $12.99
The best of the single-issue superhero comic books, the best of the stand-alone new indy/alt printings and the best of the ongoing mainstream manga series, all valuable ways to interact with the art form in your comic book-type shop. I have to admit that even though I thought I'd never think such things, the price point on the Iron Man book does wrinkle my nose a bit, and I'm just imaginary buying here.

DEC110435 CARTOON MONARCH OTTO SOGLOW LITTLE KING HC $49.99
This week may start and end with a major purchase of the 20th Century Classic variety; if that's your week, it's a good comics-buying week. Thank goodness for this stupendous age of comics reprints -- to have one going that coincides with such routinely strong new material is almost too much. Viva la 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 on me. I apologize.

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