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March 28, 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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NOV111117 TEZUKA DORORO COMP TP ED $24.95
I'm not as interested in this material by Osamu Tezuka as I am in that splendid period when he was making feverish adult-style longer works, but this is a really good format for this work and the cartooning is of course a frequent joy.

imageDEC110436 TORPEDO HC VOL 05 $24.99
Those Torpedo books are gorgeous, like "she'll never talk to you" good-looking. Ridiculous.

JAN120582 BULLETPROOF COFFIN DISINTERRED #3 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
DEC118207 FATALE #1 VAR CVR 4TH PTG (MR) $3.50
JAN128085 INVINCIBLE #89 VAR CVR 2ND PTG $2.99
NOV110462 MORNING GLORIES #17 (MR) $2.99
JAN120608 WALKING DEAD #95 (MR) $2.99
JAN120672 DAREDEVIL #10 $2.99
JAN120981 ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #6 $3.99
This strikes me as a very strong week for comic-book comics -- the kind I personally like and the kind that are generally well regarded, a smattering from each category I present to you above. The big comic book reprint news of the week is likely to be the fifth reprinting on the Action Comics #1 effort, but the Fatale #1 fourth printing strikes me as a much bigger deal -- better comic, tougher category.

DEC111078 CINEMA PANOPTICUM GN $16.99
I assume this is a new edition of the Thomas Ott, in which case I already have it. If you don't, those books tend to hold up really well over time.

JAN121095 ABANDON THE OLD IN TOKYO TP (MR) $16.95
JAN121094 PUSH MAN AND OTHER STORIES TP (MR) $16.95
You want these Tastumi re-releases, too. My apologies if they're tied into a new release I'm missing while looking at the list.

JAN120778 GONZO A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF HUNTER S THOMPSON $17.95
I don't know anything about this one, other than I remember it coming out earlier so I suspect this is a new edition. I'd definitely look it over.

NOV110226 GONE TO AMERIKAY HC (MR) $24.99
I don't know very much about this stand-alone effort from veterans Derek McCulloch, Colleen Doran and José Villarrubia, but that's not for lack of information out there and available. I'd pick it up and check it out for sure. I always sort of feel that Vertigo doesn't feel all the way confident in their OGNs, like it's the kind of song they don't particularly like to do at karaoke or something. At the same time, I think it could be a fruitful avenue to them, more fruitful than it has been, anyway.

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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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