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December 26, 2013

This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To The Comics Direct Market

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.


It looks like it's some sort of bizarre non-shipping week because of Christmas. Or maybe it's not bizarre, maybe that's how they do things Christmas week. Anyway, there's not a single comic book that interests me of the 11 new ones released, although the ones coming out seem to all have their fans. For instance, you get a double-shot of the "Forever Evil" DC storyline with the mini-series' fourth issue and the latest in the Justice League major tie-in. You also have the first issue to a sequel for Marvel's Origin series, the original of which I only know from making fun of it.

imageSo it might be a good week to dig around in the back issue bins or buy something that came out that no one paid much attention to the first time. My brother's in town and he super-enjoyed the Guy Delisle book at left; that's a funny book. He was pleased to see a new Cathy Malkasian book came out this year although he hadn't noticed when it had. My brother had me pull the various Marvel mini-series that Steve Rude did ten years ago, like this one with Captain America and this one with Thor. Have to imagine those are super-cheap in any back-issues store not super-delusional, as are these two JSA series involving the late, great Mike Parobeck. Comic book stores are great.

Speaking of Thor, I enjoyed a few Esad Ribic-drawn issues of the latest series that I read about ten days ago. I have to imagine most stores will have some of those.

Something comic-book sized from the alternative realm that came out this year is a second issue of Mardou's fine Sky In Stereo. You might ask the person behind the desk.

Or you can just watch Dave Chappelle riffing on superheroes. I don't know. It's a holiday week, you should do what you want.


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 because I hate you.

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