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March 15, 2011

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

imageHere 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.


I wasn't all the way enamored of this well-regarded, award-winning work, but its visual sophistication puts it in a different class than most of what you'll see on your comic shop's rack and I think a lot of readers out there will feel strongly about this work if they give it a chance.

I did not know there was a comics prequel to the forthcoming action-comedy, let alone that it was drawn by Sean Phillips.

JAN110808 CASANOVA GULA #3 (OF 4) (MR) $3.99
I'm not seeing a whole bunch of stuff in the serial comic book format this week, but I quite enjoyed the copies of these I saw in digital form, frequently. The coloring works and I'm not certain it would, and Matt Fraction's overlapping narratives and the generally dense visual strategies employed by the entire team reward second, third, fourth readings. If you want something more punchy/kicky, there's new Iron Man, a Captain Americaverse spin-off featuring Crossbones, and probably something by the reliable Jeff Parker. Nothing jumps out at me from the DC stuff.

This is the one I'd be dying to hold in my hands this week, Reinhard Kleist's graphic novel about the original Man In Black. I'm aware that the work is out there, but I don't think I've read a single word on whether it's any good or not. So to have it in my hands would be wonderful.

I wonder if Johnny Ryan's lacerating and prodigious humor work is getting a second look because of how great the cartooning is in Prison Pit. I mean, I hope so, but it's not like Ryan's humor work fails to stand on its own.

Hey, it's a book featuring page after page of the best comic ever. Krazy Kat is so good that if you don't get it, it's better for you in the long run that you do whatever is necessary to change yourself until you do get it.

JAN110893 DOWNSIZED GN $6.95
Indie comics legend Matt Howarth springs an original graphic novel on the world of funnybooks. This is one of those projects where the idea of it makes me happy, above and beyond the value of the comic itself. I hate to says this too frequently, because it loses powers, but comics is distinguished by the length of career enjoyed by its most faithful practitioners.


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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