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January 20, 2015


This Isn’t A Library: New And Notable Releases Into 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.

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AUG140494 GENIUS COLLECTED ALEX TOTH SLIPCASE SET HC $149.99
OCT141483 RUN LIKE CRAZY RUN LIKE HELL HC $19.99
Two masters to lead off a very strong but not ridiculously overstuffed week. You can understand the whole history of comic books in the 20th Century somewhere in between Jack Kirby's driving success and ultimate failure and Alex Toth's periodic drops into the industry while never settlign in. These are beautiful books stuffed with beautiful art, and we're lucky to have them. I think Run Like Crazy, Run Like Hell -- what a great title! -- is the least of the Jacques Tardi-illustrated crime novel adaptations, but that means it's only beautiful and a gas to read, but maybe not astonishingly so. This one is as grim as the other two, though, so prepare yourself accordingly.

imageNOV141657 MARCH GN BOOK 02 $19.95
I thought this was 200 percent the book that book one was, and this surprised me given the continuity in Nate Powell's art work and the fact that the story of John Lewis is a thrill throughout. But there are four or five set pieces that just punch you in the gut, and the interweaving of the various strategies of the Civil Rights campaign in the south provides a ton of heft that sometimes eludes prose histories of the same history. I'm also greatly appreciative of their treatment of the previous generation of civil rights leaders like A. Philip Randolph, a man that could have been a visionary Senator or even president in more enlightened times.

NOV140038 BPRD HELL ON EARTH #127 $3.50
NOV140057 DARK HORSE PRESENTS 2014 #6 $4.99
NOV140084 GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #1 $3.99
AUG140656 INVINCIBLE #116 $2.99
NOV140697 WICKED & DIVINE #7 (MR) $3.50
NOV148079 WICKED & DIVINE #7 CVR B WARD (MR) $3.50
These are the comic books that caught my eye, in not a particularly strong week for them. You have your Mignola-verse book right up top, always welcome, and the latest iteration ofDark Horse Presents, which is always like double the number of issues you think exist. Sergio Aragones in any form and in any fashion is a joy. Invincible is Robert Kirkman's guided tour through superhero universe-wide storytelling, and continues to hold my interest because almost no one has done what he and Ryan Ottley are doing here though so many have tried. The seventh comic is the latest from the team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, and could build in momentum over the next few issues as newer fans get greater exposure to how they tell stories.

SEP140095 ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 05 SACRED PLACES $19.99
SEP140094 BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS TP VOL 02 $24.99
I don't have much to say about these two Mignola-verse collections, but there they are. My brother and I collect these comics, but in comic-book form, so I couldn't place which ones these are. They're pretty solid comics all-around, though, no complaints.

JUL140337 WILL EISNER SPIRIT ARTIST ED HC VOL 02 PI
This has to be ridiculously beautiful. I missed Volume One, so I don't even know the basics, like how big he worked or how active he was in making corrections. A whole voyage of discovery awaits.

NOV141731 MONSTER TP VOL 03 PERFECT ED URASAWA $19.99
This is where I mumble something about it being the best of the mainstream manga titles this week, but I really believe it in this case.

OCT141113 BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #14 (MR) $4.99
God bless you Rich Johnston and your team's commitment to print.

OCT141838 ASIAN COMICS HC $60.00
Speaking of commitment, no one in comics studies is more engaged with the material on hand than the great John Lent. This is priced at a university textbook price point, but it's also a massive book, and I'm looking forward to diving in.

JUN141517 FRAZETTA SKETCHBOOK II DLX SLIPCASED ED $69.95
JUN141516 FRAZETTA SKETCHBOOK II HC $39.95
AUG141742 FRAZETTA SKETCHBOOK II SC $24.95
These I know nothing about, and in fact I have no connection to the state of Frazetta-related publishing right now. I will always look at those comics, though, even as I get further and further removed from the boy that had a more immediate connection to the lush, scary fantasies by which the artist made his name. I miss him being around, don't you? Like it was a little cooler when Frazetta was out there, still painting.

NOV141576 GERONIMO STILTON HC VOL 15 STILTON FOR ALL $9.99
Not only do these sell a billion copies, they're also up to a fifteenth volume? I would totally investigate these books in my shop were I near one.

NOV141546 FATHERLAND FAMILY HISTORY GN $22.95
NOV141372 FIRST YEAR HEALTHY HC $14.95
Finally, two very good artists with very good books. This is the best work of Nina Bunjevac's career, an intriguing story to go along with her stop-and-stare panel to panel work. Michael DeForge's latest book is I think a couple of years old, which gives you an idea how much of his work could see print over the next dozen years if he keeps this up. I liked this one, I thought it was frequently beautiful.

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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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