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December 5, 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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AUG120063 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 04 DEVIL ENGINE & LONG DEATH $19.99
OCT120009 HELLBOY IN HELL #1 MIGNOLA CVR $2.99
Two from the Mignola-verse, including Mike Mignola's return to the comic-book making himself. That seems like a big deal to me, although again, I have to admit I'm way behind on these comics and am in the "catch up by randomly buying them at $1 a pop whenever I see them." But like I always say, I can imagine a comics-shop shopper whose sole interaction with comics bought at the store is these comics.

imageOCT121158 STUMPTOWN V2 #4 $3.99
SEP120507 INVINCIBLE #98 [DIG] $2.99
SEP120526 AVENGERS #1 NOW $3.99
OCT120620 HAWKEYE #5 $2.99
OCT120061 HOUSE OF FUN ONE SHOT $3.50
This is a pretty strong week for comic-book comics if you have any sort of inclination towards superhero books. Stumptown and the Evan Dorkin House Of Fun aren't superhero books at all, of course, and either one might be enough to get me into the shop if I knew it was sitting there waiting for me. The Avengers comic book should be super-pretty; I'm not going to pretend I know what the hell is going on in those comics. I know for a fact that the Hawkeye is pretty, if David Aja is involved. That's your superhero comic for people that barely read them of the moment. I liked the latest Invincible, although I have to admit I read it less invested in the plots than as a kind of extended exercise in using the sub-genre.

OCT120479 BUTCHER BAKER RIGHTEOUS MAKER HC (MR) [DIG] $24.99
The latest in writer Joe Casey's attempts to take the superhero genre, cut it into sticky pieces and the reassemble them on an abandoned ping pong table in his garage. Or something. This time with artist Mike Huddleston. I remember this being weird to the point of slightly disturbing in serial form, so I look forward to taking it all in at once.

SEP120240 JACK KIRBYS FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS TP VOL 04 $29.99
I don't know if this is a re-issue or a reprinting or what, but this is a cadillac in crowded highway of four-color Ford Tauruses, so you want it if you've never bought it.

OCT120447 MICHAEL KALUTA SKETCHBOOK SERIES SC VOL 03 $9.99
I'm a little bit of a Kaluta fiend, although I'm only familiar with IDW's higher-end efforts with artists like this.

SEP121255 SLAM DUNK GN VOL 25 $9.99
This is the best of the currently-running mainstream manga series with a volume out this week. For some reason, I'm optimistic this could find a bigger audience than it has, and I'm not exactly sure why that is.

OCT121367 JAMES BOND ARCHIVES HC $200.00
This I pulled out even though I suspected it was not-comics just because I wondered what the hell it is. Turns out it's a Taschen-published, deluxe-style, prose and pictures treatment of the film series, drawing on a ton of existing background information that sounds like it comes from some sort of Broccoli Family warehouse that I like to imagine resembles the place they stick the Arc of the Covenant at the end of Raiders.

OCT120196 BATWING #15 $2.99
There is a comic called Batwing.

OCT121139 SKY OVER THE LOUVRE HC $19.99
Finally, I enjoy these Louvre-produced graphic novels because of the chance to see BD makers with whom I'm not always familiar. In this case that would be artist Bernard Hislaire.

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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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