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August 31, 2011


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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MAY111196 ANY EMPIRE HC $19.95
Nate Powell's major follow-up to the well-regarded Swallow Me Whole, this time tracking the effects of militaristic culture in the lives of three young people.

JUN110178 FLASHPOINT #5 (OF 5) $3.99
JUL110187 JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 $3.99
DC Comics' well-publicized major serial comics issues transitioning the company from their "universe" of the last 25-26 years and into a new, broodier one.

imageAPR110208 STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 STARRING SHADE $59.99
DC isn't releasing much this week, but even in a week stuffed with single-issues and trades a large volume of Steve Ditko 1970s work for the publisher would be worth a peek. This features but is not solely made up of the Shade material; you also get Stalker and a bunch of shorter works from various anthologies. It's a rare combination of material that's a) from a major comics creator and b) only haphazardly paid attention to over the years.

JAN118123 BPRD TP VOL 11 BLACK GODDESS $17.99
JUN118153 HELLBOY THE FURY #3 (OF 3) (2ND PTG) $2.99
The Mike Mignola and Mignola-related books, arising from one of the most fertile corners of the modern comics industry, make their usual appearance in some form on the weekly lists. Always worth a look. If I had a comics shop locally, I could see following these books a much because they're consistently published as because I enjoy them.

MAY110039 CREEPY PRESENTS BERNIE WRIGHTSON HC $19.99
MAY110040 EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 08 $49.99
I think maybe the first artist-focused Warren reprint, and one of Dark Horse's standard archival reprints. I think I'd be more interested in the Wrightson even if the prices were reversed, although those series definitely have their fans.

MAY110048 LITTLE LULU PAL TUBBY VOL 04 ATOMIC VIOLIN & OTHER STORIES $15.99
I don't have any comprehension of this material or, to be honest with you, this series, other than that the work itself is generally well-liked and I have to imagine with the obvious pedigree worth a look were you standing in a comics shop today.

JUN110412 ROCKETEER ADVENTURES #4 (OF 4) $3.99
I wasn't aware this family-approved tribute to Dave Stevens' foundational indy-comics series was going to be only four issues in length, but that sounds about right. Brendan McCarthy.

JUN110534 BUTCHER BAKER RIGHTEOUS MAKER #6 (MR) $2.99
FEB110462 INVINCIBLE #82 $2.99
Two of the Image comics at different ends of their limited but surprisingly diverse publishing framework: demented superhero deconstruction spearheaded by writer Joe Casey; sturdy-as-hell superhero revisionism from Robert Kirkman and friends.

MAR111015 BONE ONE VOL COLOR ED SGN HC 20TH ANN BOX SET $350.00
This is the elaborate box set you've been seeing advertised in RASL, full of extras and supplementary items but mostly notable for the miracle that is Bone looking that nice in color after looking that nice in black and white. Sometimes it seems like Jeff Smith isn't playing fair.

JUN110792 GIRL GENIUS HC VOL 10 AGATHA H & GUARDIAN MUSE $48.95
I don't really have anything to say here; I just liked the price point.

JUL111088 GHOST WORLD SPECIAL ED HC (NEW PRICE) $25.00
APR110903 LIFE & TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK HC VOL 01 (AUG090745) $24.99
JUL111089 GAHAN WILSON 50 YEARS PLAYBOY CARTOONS HC (NEW PRICE) (MR) $75.00
JUL111223 INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET GN NEW PTG $24.99
Four books that have been out before, including new and what one guesses is more attractive pricing for the Ghost World edition and the Gahan Wilson boxed set, both of which should be in just about any serious cartoon library. I've totally lost track on which edition of Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck that is, but I like those comics and think they're charming. You should probably read the hybrid book Hugo Cabret before the movie locks a certain kind of visual realization into your head -- the comics sections invoked the hush of silent movies and work extremely well.

JUN110989 KILLING VELAZQUEZ GN (MR) $20.00
Conundrum's English-language reprinting of a recent, well-liked, French-language volume, given the most sober comics cover I've ever seen.

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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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