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November 6, 2013


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.

SEP131172 MARIA M HC $22.99
I think this is the big attraction in the shops this week: the final book in Gilbert Hernandez's "Tezuka Year," by which I mean that guy has put out more comics work in published form than just about anyone has in a long, long time and all of it is considerable. I liked this one the best of the pulp-stories that feature the movies made by his character Fritz in the Palomar/Post-Palomar universe he depicts in Love And Rockets. I'm a huge sucker for Gorgo, too; that's one of my favorite supporting characters in all of comics. An amazing year for Hernandez.

imageSEP130048 BALTIMORE INFERNAL TRAIN #3 $3.50
JUL130523 FATALE #18 (MR) [DIG] $3.50
AUG130704 MORNING GLORIES #34 (MR) [DIG] $3.50
This wasn't the strongest week for high-end genre serials, but there are a always a few: the latest in the Mignola-verse and from the Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips noir horror series, and the continuing march of they supernatural mystery drama Morning Glories, which I enjoy because I literally have no idea what's going on.

AUG130935 LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD GN $19.95
If you go to the comics shop just to buy brand-new work from largely unknown talent, 1) you're very admirable, 2) head straight to the shelf that contains the Elaine Will effort from Alternative, 3) if you can do that in your store your store is very admirable. This seems like visually accomplished work; I have yet to digest its content.

JUN130667 DAREDEVIL BY MILLER AND JANSON OMNIBUS HC NEW PTG $99.99
JUN130677 HAWKEYE HC VOL 01 $34.99
Two reasonably big-ticket superhero items worth perusing if you're a casual fan and probably a cause for a celebration if you're a hardcore follower. The big Daredevil book is a way to read that fun material that doesn't involve taking anything out of a bag; the Hawkeye is a ready-for-the-holidays collection of the newer classic, showcasing writing by Matt Fraction and handsome art from David Aja.

SEP130851 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID HC VOL 08 $13.95
AUG130963 GET FUZZY TP FUZZY BUNCH $12.99
Two classics of the bookstore market: the latest in a long series of very successful hybrid book, which means that the comics shop probably isn't going to be the first place you look but you never know, and one of those Andrews McMeel paper collections of a bunch of recent episodes of an ongoing, popular comic strip. You could collect nothing but.

JUL131246 ROY THOMAS PRESENTS BRIEFER FRANKENSTEIN HC 1945-1946 $49.99
APR131211 ROY THOMAS PRESENTS VOL 01 PLANET COMICS HC (RES) $47.99
These are the volumes I would track down for name alone; any version of Briefer's Frankenstein, I'm there with at least a look and the serious consideration of a purchase.

AUG131387 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 04 $24.99
They have done a nice job putting these color versions of the Scott Pilgrim material out in a way that keeps that series alive in the mind of its readers and not overwhelming them with a massive replacement purchase all at once.

SEP132139 TEZUKA ODE TO KIRIHITO SC PART 02 $14.95
This is one of the great pulp comics ever: super-odd, and affecting. I love it without reservation, and while I prefer the single-volume version any way that allows you to access the delicious visual madness here is an option worth pursuing.

SEP131467 TINTIN ART OF HERGE HC $45.00
This sells itself. I'd certainly pick it up and look at it, thus likely worrying the retailer that saw me do so.

MAY131145 VIP MAD WORLD VIRGIL PARTCH HC $49.99
A nice new treatment of the VIP work has been long overdue, and hopefully this visually stuffed biography -- I think it's a biography, someone correct me if I'm wrong -- is one way to get a book of his on my selves that is ripped up and slightly stinking.

JUL130327 JEFF SMITH BONE GREAT COW RACE ARTIST ED HC PI
Everyone loves Jeff Smith and everyone loves those Artist Editions. This is the publishing version of a potentially insufferable couple that is actually very nice and solicitous. I'm not sure there is to be learned from Smith's originals, but we'll soon find out.

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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 because I hate you.

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