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September 18, 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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JUL141359 CHARLES BURNS SUGAR SKULL GN $23.00
This isn't a week stuffed with remarkable comics, so you can spend some time with the last volume of Charles Burns' recent trilogy just as the artist sits on the cusp of the friendly reconsideration that will no doubt be a big part of the Fall. I think that work is gorgeous.

imageJUL140190 MULTIVERSITY THE SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES #1 $4.99
JUL140191 MULTIVERSITY THE SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES #1 BLACK & WHITE VA $4.99
APR140594 SATELLITE SAM #10 (MR) $3.50
JUL140584 TREES #5 (MR) $2.99
JUL140590 WICKED & DIVINE #4 (MR) $3.50
This would probably be a week where I'd pick up one or two of this Grant Morrison-written series in the overlapping "Multiversity" epic. I don't feel any real excitement for those comics from people not me and I'm not the audience, but Morrison is a superior comics-maker in general and so are many of his collaborators. Nice to see Satellite Sam hit double-digits, which would seem to indicate continued interest in the milieu from creators Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin. Finally, I've enjoyed the first few issues I've read of both Trees and The Wicked And Divine, although it's still too early for a summary appraisal of either.

MAY140778 ORIGINAL SIN #5.5 $3.99
I'm sure I'd have no problem following these kinds of specifics if I were still immersed in the world of superheroes, but I have to wonder what a half-issue of a comic that far along in its progression even means.

JUN141355 ASTERIX OMNIBUS SC VOL 08 $19.95
At one point I'll want a lot more of this work than I have, so a slower day -- at least for me -- at the comic shop would be a likely time for me to check out what's available. I'm not sure I'd ever want to read an English translation given the verbal gymnastics in play.

JUL141390 DURHAM RED BITCH GN $17.99
I'm just pleased with my old self that I remembered who Durham Red is when my scanning the list brought me to this entry.

JUN141320 MEKA HC $19.99
This is part of an effort to re-purpose the JD Morvan/Bengal efforts for American audiences; I have no idea as to its particulars.

MAY141604 MICHAEL MOORCOCK ELRIC HC VOL 01 RUBY THRONE $12.99
I will always look at an Elric comic just as I will always look at a Tarzan comic. This particular work is described here as coming from creators with whom I have a much less impressive track record than I do with the albino king himself, but it apparently has Moorcock's full support. I think the character well suited to comics.

JUL141397 ONLY SKIN GN NEW PTG (MR) $21.95
There are always reprints, such as this Sean Ford effort. I suspect Ford may be a lifer. Congrats to him on working his way through a first print.

MAY140057 RED MOON HC $24.99
Finally, this is Eduardo Risso art, so I want 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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