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March 17, 2009


This Isn’t A Library: New And 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 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. But were I in a comic book shop tomorrow I would more than likely pick up the following and look them over, causing my retailer to take legal action to block my contractual bonus.

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DEC080032 ADVENTURES OF BLANCHE HC $15.95
I had no idea this was being planned. This is a collection of Rick Geary's intermittent series about one woman's adventures in Paris, New York and Hollywood during the early 20th Century. I'd like to see this.

DEC080208 AIR TP VOL 01 LETTERS FROM LOST COUNTRIES (MR) $9.99
I remember this being interesting although not all that great -- a comic you want to see succeed for its work in minor keys as opposed to one that actually seemed to work. That's good price point, though; I'd pick it up and take another look at it.

NOV080186 TOR A PREHISTORIC ODYSSEY HC $24.99
Friedman or Kubert -- who doesn't love them some Tor? This would be the Kubert one.

JAN092388 AGE OF BRONZE #28 $3.50
Although at times I suspect that I'm one of 12 people that collects the title this way, I'm greatly appreciative that Eric Shanower's book continues to come out in comic book form.

JAN092371 AMERICAN FLAGG DEFINITIVE COLL TP VOL 02 (RES) $19.99
More of the formidable early indy comic.

JAN092362 INVINCIBLE #60 $3.99
FEB071894 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 03 PERFECT STRANGERS $12.99
Two from Robert Kirkman, this time from his "shouldn't work and I still can't tell how it does" superhero series as opposed to his "should work all the time and I have no idea why his is the only one" zombie series.

NOV083804 ALAN MOORE LIGHT OF THY COUNTENANCE GN (MR) $7.99
I might buy this for the title alone.

DEC084307 PLUTO URASAWA X TEZUKA GN VOL 02 $12.99
Your high-interest manga volume of the week.

JAN094222 MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA & SHE MET BUFFALO BILL HC $25.00
A Fanfare/Ponent Mon production, this time from the European comics album end of things. This features art by Emile Bravo, who is all over European comics right now, at least as how they get reported over here. Great title, too. It's a good week for titles. Bart liked it when it was in its native tongue.

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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 didn't list your comic, I blame my lack of a quality assist man.

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