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November 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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AUG121229 DOCKWOOD HC $19.95
This was just listed by the Angouleme Festival, and I used the French-language edition cover in the write-up on those awards, so forgive me the visual repetition. Still, this Jon McNaught book I'd most want to see if I went to a comics shop today, and I urge anyone in a comics shop that carries it to a) check it out, b) thank your store owner for carrying something good and not an automatic sale like this volume.

imageSEP120513 MULTIPLE WARHEADS ALPHABET TO INFINITY #2 [DIG] $2.99
SEP120518 PROPHET #31 [DIG] $3.99
AUG120510 FATALE #10 (MR) [DIG] $3.50
SEP120043 BPRD HELL ON EARTH #101 RETURN O/T MASTER #4 MIGNOLA $3.50
SEP120042 BPRD HELL ON EARTH #101 RETURN O/T MASTER #4 SOOK CVR $3.50
SEP120936 ADVENTURE TIME #10 [DIG] $3.99
The first batch of titles in an intriguing week for old-fashioned pamphlet format comic books. This is the indy bundle, led by Brandon Graham (x2), the licensed-comic hit and indy art showcase Adventure Time, the last comic in the most recent run of Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips comics, and something from the Mignola-verse. There was a time in my life, basically half a lifetime ago, where this would have been the exact makeup of the bag with which I left my store.

AUG120085 FORBIDDEN WORLDS ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $49.99
AUG120084 SILVER STREAK ARCHIVES ORIGINAL DAREDEVIL HC VOL 02 $59.99
This week is rich with collections I don't quite grasp as a reader or as a casual industry watcher. These are archival reprints of older comics with sterling artistic pedigrees name-wise, in that you get a ton of quality artists from that world of comics working on this material. At the same time, it's hard for me to fathom someone other than a fan of this specific type of comic, or even comics more generally if the passion runs into historical schools, reading these comics for the sole purpose of enjoying them, to consume them the way you would non-archival editions of similarly-targeted work. That sounds like a criticism, I know, but it's really just an acknowledgment of a market that sometimes confuses me on a very fundamental level.

AUG121180 DIOSAMANTE HC (MR) $24.95
AUG121181 TECHNOPRIESTS SUPREME COLL OMNIBUS (MR) $114.95
AUG128234 JEREMIAH OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $24.99
AUG128338 JEREMIAH OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $24.99
And it only gets worse. This is an entire group of comics into which I have no particular ease of entry, so I'd probably just defer to whatever Jog writes about them here. I don't let myself read Jog's entries until I'm done with this one, but he's usually super-solid (of course), particularly on those sorts of books. I'd want to see the first two listed here very much if I were in a comics shop where this was possible.

OCT120723 REMAKE 3XTRA GN VOL 03 (MR) $9.95
Let's talk about a newer cartoonist making newer work at a more accessible price point, immediately. Lamar Abrams' latest I'm sure features the same kind of assured and slightly loopy funnybook making for which he's known by those that know him.

JUL120063 KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE TP VOL 13 (MR) $12.99
This strikes me as the best manga series of the traditional, mainstream variety with a volume out this week.

SEP120166 BATMAN INCORPORATED #5 (RES) $2.99
AUG120140 BEFORE WATCHMEN SILK SPECTRE #4 (MR) $3.99
SEP120223 JOE KUBERT PRESENTS #2 $4.99
So here's the DC batch of books: one of the better New 52 comics, albeit one that sort of shrugged off the reboot aspects of said effort; the best of the Before Watchmen books from what I can tell reading a bunch of them here and there; all-time DC icon Joe Kubert's last run at a brand-new series, or at least I don't think he was the kind of cartoonist to have something sitting in a closet on reserve.

SEP120593 FF #1 NOW $2.99
SEP128135 HAWKEYE #1 3RD PTG AJA VAR $2.99
SEP128136 HAWKEYE #2 3RD PTG AJA VAR $2.99
SEP120560 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #2 NOW $3.99
And here's the Marvel, a step or two away from the Brian Bendis-directed Avengers series effort that are marking the end of that particular, lucrative run. This includes the Matt Fraction/Mike Allred effort at an offbeat version of a title that in its main incarnation isn't exactly a sales juggernaut. I kid, as this is the kind of title I pick up years later when I find individual issues in old comic book bins. The Hawkeye series is one of those rare "aimed at adult comic book fans" that seems to be finding an audience during its initial publication. It's a very handsome comic. The Thor book seems to be a favorite of the new launches, and eight-year-old me is always up for a Thor comic.

AUG120704 FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 04 $24.99
AUG120729 MIGHTY THOR BY MATT FRACTION TP VOL 02 $19.99
SEP120703 WINTER SOLDIER TP VOL 02 BROKEN ARROW $15.99
These three efforts from three of Marvel's most prolific and successful writers of the last decade may or may not be on your radar, but it's interesting to me to see 1) that these are essentially writer-driven efforts in the first place, 2) they're collected really quickly, which indicates less a going-back-to-the-well model of having fans buy two copies and more a two-separate-buyers model of consumption. That's just a hunch on my part, of course.

SEP120759 COMPLETE CALVIN & HOBBES SC SLIPCASE ED $100.00
SEP120758 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID HC VOL 07 THIRD WHEEL $13.95
Two hugely successful mainstream efforts, and two that you don't always find in comics shops as opposed to mainstream bookstores. I would imagine -- regretfully -- that for most people the real price on the Calvin & Hobbes softcover is however it gets discounted on-line. Seventeen copies of the Wimpy Kid book sold while you're reading this paragraph.

JUN121310 MATT BAKER ART OF GLAMOUR HC (RES) $39.95
A much-anticipated book, at least by people that read these kinds of books, on one of the lost, significant talents of 20th Century mainstream comics.

AUG121310 OWLY & WORMY HC BRIGHT LIGHTS & STARRY NIGHTS $15.99
Hey, it's new Owly. I wasn't aware that Wormy's agent had secured him a co-star credit.

JUL121124 DANTES INFERNO GN (KNOCKABOUT) $18.99
Work from one of the all-time fun comics artists is always worth a look. For some folks I'm afraid that's sometimes all Hunt Emerson work engenders, but there's nothing automatically wrong with comics art that you stare at rather than read.

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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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