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September 9, 2014


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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JUL141330 IN A SENSE LOST & FOUND GN $19.95
This is why we go to the comic book shop, a stand-alone work by an up-and-coming creator, handsomely mounted. I'm still processing the work itself, but it seemed very strong to me. Certainly worth a look.

imageJUN141444 PHILEMON ADV GN VOL 01 CAST AWAY ON LETTER A $16.95
I interviewed editor/publisher Francoise Mouly about this book yesterday. I enjoyed it, and I think it's presented well as both a straight-up classic fantasy comic and a potential primer on how fantasy works in terms of its connection to classic myth and art.

MAY140026 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 09 REIGN OF BLACK FLAME $19.99
MAY140091 NEXUS OMNIBUS TP VOL 06 $24.99
These are classic indy-comics properties and a part of my library. The BPRD is collection rather than archiving, and I'm keeping the comic books of both series whenever I find them to buy rather than books, but these are solid citizens of the direct market, all-respect edition.

JUL140123 ABE SAPIEN #16 $3.50
JUL140272 ASTRO CITY #15 $3.99
JUL140366 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #9 $3.99
JUL140332 ROT & RUIN #1 $3.99
MAY140708 INVINCIBLE #114 $2.99
JUL140444 LAZARUS #11 (MR) $3.50
MAR140508 PROPHET STRIKEFILE #1 $3.99
MAY140743 VELVET #7 (MR) $3.50
JUL140587 WALKING DEAD #131 (MR) $2.99
MAR140715 HAWKEYE #20 $3.99
JUL140608 MAGNETO #9 MTAX $3.99
JUN148364 SILVER SURFER #1 3RD PTG ALLRED VAR ANMN $3.99
JUL141335 STUMPTOWN V3 #1 $3.99
This is a staggering week for well-regarded genre comic books of the classic format variety, ranging from the usual Mignola offering, a 1990s stalwart in Astro City, two from IDW's sneay-hit line (not so secret with the little ponies, actually), a bunch of top-line Image work, three of Marvel's five best comic books and a new iteration of the Stumptown series. I'm sure there's a bunch I forgot, too. Alternate-universe Tom Spurgeon who is a lawyer somewhere and has a pullbox is having a very good week.

JUN140731 WINTER SOLDIER BY BRUBAKER COMPLETE COLLECTION TP $29.99
I assume this is a bring-back-to-market for Ed Brubaker's work with the Winter Soldier character, who was part of Marvel's 1-2 punch at the spring/summer box office. That assumption comes with Marvel doing something sensible with a book -- making sure it's available during the home market release -- so who knows? I like this work; it's a lot of fun, and that's a very striking-looking character. I guess the argument is that Bucky not dying doesn't push Captain America into that self-doubt that characterized his early experience, but even with the incremental progress of superhero comics characters that character is not in that stage anymore.

JUL141403 MAN WHO LAUGHS GN $19.95
I always get a little lost with the Nobrow releases, but I believe this is the Mark Stafford/David Hine collaboration, which I've been seeing as out for several months now. If it's not this, I couldn't tell you, but that means it's probably already out and you can go look at it in the less-new section of your comic book shop.

JUN141254 PAUL KIRCHNER BUS HC $25.00
Here's a surprise. I'm not sure if this is a re-release into this market or the first release into the market after months and month of it being available through other means. I thought this was a strong, fun book, and not just for nostalgic reasons. There's something about having all of this work in one place that plays very differently than the original presentation in the midst of a magazine that favors more lurid, lush fantasy art, but it's fun to be immersed in these visuals.

OCT131039 FRANK THORNE RED SONJA ART ED SGN HC $300.00
Speaking of lush fantasy art, here's the kind of book I have no idea who buys, but pretty much for that reason I'm sort of glad exists? I don't like Thorne's art until really late in his career -- in fact, I like the porn material a lot, the stuff from the mid-1990s. But this is his reputation-maker, along with his time in costume.

JUL141362 SHOPLIFTER HC $19.95
This is the most appropriate mirror to the work up top I could find, a stand-alone work from a publisher not known for coming out with a lot of comics per year, and an under-appreciated talent. I have had no interaction with the work itself, not even a preview page, so I am looking forward to it like a giant brownie topped with ice cream.

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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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