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March 26, 2014


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To The 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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DEC130480 POPEYE CLASSICS NEWSPAPER COMICS HC VOL 01 1986-1989 $39.99
NOV130336 BATMAN SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER COMICS HC VOL 01 1966-1967 $49.99
DEC130476 COMPLETE CHESTER GOULD DICK TRACY HC VOL 16 $39.99
This is a fun week, with a lot of buying strategies that could push back a lot of purchases for 7, 14, 21 days. One such strategy could be to pick up the latest from a big week for the Library Of American Comics. The Popeye is probably the most interesting book here, as Bobby London's work with the EC Segar milieu is relatively little-read yet also much-anticipated and still sort of a strange choice for the Library because it came out in the 1980s. Don't question it, thought; just enjoy. I know I'll own one sooner rather than later.

imageJAN140546 JANS ATOMIC HEART AND OTHER STORIES TP (MR) $14.99
This is the work that first made a lot of us notice Simon Roy, who has gone on to be one of the talented contributors on the Prophet comic book series as currently re-imagined. No matter how you get there, though, comics from a visual talent worth knowing are still rare to the point that every such of effort is wroth noting. I sort of adore that cover.

DEC131433 1001 COMICS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE HC SALE PRICE PI
JAN141319 ANYAS GHOST GN $9.99
These are two of the more prominent previously-released books that will show up in shops this week. The first is Paul Gravett's assembled book of comics recommendation from around the world featuring an all-star line-up of writers about comics whose ranks I couldn't crack, the second is one of the more successful First Second book of recent vintage -- and one of the more attractive as well.

JAN140129 1 FOR $1 BPRD HELL ON EARTH $1.00
It seems like there are a lot of classically formated serial action-adventure (and related genres) comic book works out this week; there are enough I'll break up the usual giant paragraph into a handful of them. This first is a Mignola-verse title offered through one of those discounted sampler programs. If you became interested in what's going on with those books because of last weekend's 20th anniversary celebration, that might be a fine throw-in.

JAN140436 STAR SLAMMERS REMASTERED #1 $3.99
JAN140169 ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #2 $3.50
JAN140202 KING CONAN CONQUEROR #2 $3.50
Here are three older-properties from a lot of creators definitely in the autumn of their comics careers. Walt Simonson is one of those cartoonists whose influence and popularity outstrips the regularity with which his work is re-presented to audiences. Star Slammers was a property that debuted during the mainstream's initial "graphic novel" phases, which resulted in a lot of BD album-sized paperbacks. I wasn't aware that the final cycle of Elfquest started, and I hope that those nice folks the Pinis wrap up that series with style in a way that pleases their fans. I enjoyed the first issue of this latest go-round with "King" Conan more than I thought I would -- I like palace intrigue and campaign-style stories more than I like the age of a character being used to make him a bit less overpowering. I wonder if we're going to see a trend towards older heroes as creators get older at the same time as Hollywood actors that might play those heroes also age.

DEC130334 SANDMAN OVERTURE #2 COMBO PACK (MR) $4.99
DEC130330 SANDMAN OVERTURE #2 CVR A (MR) $3.99
DEC130331 SANDMAN OVERTURE #2 CVR B (MR) $3.99
JAN140387 WAKE #7 (MR) $2.99
Two important books from Vertigo: the very gorgeous new Sandman series would seem a lock to do extremely well, but every bit of juice and energy they can squeeze out of this very pretty comic book series is something that's going to help their bottom line for years to come. The Wake comic is the underwater-element science fiction work from Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy. Vertigo needs for any of its project with big-time creators to work given the competition they're likely feeling for such projects from the mid-majors and from Image.

NOV130502 FATALE #21 (MR) $3.50
JAN140613 SATELLITE SAM #7 (MR) $3.50
JAN140615 SEX #12 (MR) $2.99
JAN148237 SEX CRIMINALS #1 6TH PTG (MR) $3.50
JAN140624 WALKING DEAD #124 (MR) $2.99
Speaking of Image, this is their list of comics this week that jumped out at me. It's nice to see Brubaker and Phillips round into a final cycle on their Sleeper, and the projected length of the series from this vantage point feels about right. As far as feelings go, my hunch is that Satellite Sam should be locked into place right now, or at least we should be able the best comic it can be from where we stand right now. Sex is Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski's book, which I think most people are processing as an extended meditation on mainstream superhero comics from the 1980s. That printing of Sex Criminals is apparently its last in comic book form. That's quite something. Walking Dead is quite near the end of its "All Out War" storyline, after which I believe that the title will become Walking Dead: Detroit, but don't quote me on that.

JAN140771 HAWKEYE #18 $2.99
JAN140650 SILVER SURFER #1 ANMN $3.99
This is Marvel's current poster boy for providing minor characters with an idiosncratic pair of creators and see if it catches with an audience looking for slightly offbeat material. The second is the latest new launch in a period that seems to feature a lot of comics following that formula, at least potentially -- the Allreds are involved art wise, so I'll always take a look.

JAN141028 ADVENTURE TIME #10 NEW PTG CONNECTING CVRS $3.99
JAN141029 ADVENTURE TIME #11 NEW PTG CONNECTING CVRS $3.99
JAN141030 ADVENTURE TIME #12 NEW PTG CONNECTING CVRS $3.99
JAN141024 ADVENTURE TIME #7 NEW PTG CONNECTING CVRS $3.99
JAN141025 ADVENTURE TIME #8 NEW PTG CONNECTING CVRS $3.99
JAN141026 ADVENTURE TIME #9 NEW PTG CONNECTING CVRS $3.99
DEC131003 REGULAR SHOW #11 MAIN CVRS $3.99
I have to admit, I would probably look pretty closely at a series of connecting covers just for the novelty of it. I'm sure many smart people believe this kind of thing is killing comics, though. I also at some point have to catch up with the Regular Show comics, and unless I went Full IDW would consider doing so this week.

JAN140554 PAUL POPE MONSTERS & TITANS BATTLING BOY ART ON TOUR SC $24.99
This is an exhibition catalog and art book in support of Paul Pope's art from Battling Boy. It feels more like the former than the latter, but it's always fun to look at Pope's work, whether on the wall or in bookform on one's lap.

JAN141516 HOW ABOUT NEVER IS GOOD FOR YOU HC $32.50
Oh, so that's why we're getting Bob Mankoff on TV -- there's a new book out of his work and the process of selecting work for that foundational home of North American cartooning, The New Yorker. Yeah, I want this, and I know nothing about it.

JAN141196 GLORKIAN WARRIOR DELIVERS A PIZZA GN $12.99
JAN141197 GLORKIAN WARRIOR DELIVERS A PIZZA HC $17.99
JAN141199 UNDERTAKING OF LILY CHEN GN $29.99
Finally, First Second gets to show off its range a bit with the latest James Kochalka -- you can tell it's for kids without looking because of the hc/sc simultaneous release -- and the latest work from Danica Novgorodoff. I imagine a number of people will like the Novgorodoff, at least enough to make a for bunch of interviews and glowing reviews to go along with this release. I'm always wary of PR that tells me a book is good rather than tells me the good in the book -- I'm an asshole, that's why -- but I do look forward to reading it.

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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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