August 13, 2008
This Isn’t A Library: New And Notable Releases To The Comics Direct Market
Here are the books that jump out at me from this week's probably mostly 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 I would likely pick up the following and look them over, potentially causing my retailer to be sad.
JAN080240 ABSOLUTE LOEG THE BLACK DOSSIER HC $99.00
A deluxe and I think over-sized version of the recent Alan Moore/Kevin O'Neill effort, apparently without a once-promised audio recording.
MAR082113 WALKING DEAD #51 (MR) $2.99
One of Robert Kirkman's two big hits at Image Comics, in the middle of a severe tonal/plot shift.
JUN080081 HELLBOY THE CROOKED MAN #2 (OF 3) $2.99
JUN082385 ASTONISHING X-MEN #26 MD $2.99
JUN082442 NEW X-MEN BY MORRISON ULTIMATE COLL TP BOOK 02 $34.99
A pretty good week for genre/superhero comics done by people not the creators, including work from Richard Corben, Warren Ellis and Grant Morrison.
MAY083873 MINESHAFT #22 (MR) $6.95
An old-fashioned comics and underground culture 'zine, and one of the few places I go to learn stuff about comics I'd never heard before.
JUN083951 DISAPPEARANCE DIARY GN (RES) $22.99
JUN083952 ICE WANDERER GN $21.99
Two books from Fanfare/Ponent Mon, one a huge and much-anticipated autobiographical work by Hideo Azuma, the other one a Jiro Taniguchi collection of short stories I swear had already come out.
JUN082401 PUNISHER #60 (MR) $2.99
A friend of mine e-mailed to say that this was the last Garth Ennis issue, which means that it will be the last issue I scramble to buy two years from now when I have a sudden hankering to own all of these comics.
JUN084186 MAGICAL LIFE OF LONG TACK SAM TP (O/A) $14.00
Fresh off its Doug Wright Awards win, this memoir is offered again. Tell me you're not at least a little bit interested in seeing it. Actually, don't tell me, because that would depress me.
APR084023 A TREASURY OF 20TH CENTURY VOL 01 MURDER OF LINDBERGH CHILD $15.95
New Rick Geary is always worth a look.
MAR084194 500 ESSENTIAL GRAPHIC NOVELS SC $24.95
Gene Kanneberg's shot at canon-building and medium advocacy.
MAY084101 MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST CRIME COMICS TP $17.95
Another massive collection of genre comics, this one distinguished by Paul Gravett's involvement and it actually being good, despite the fact that there's only one or two truly great works represented in its pages.
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.
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 and probably drunk, 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.
If I didn't list your new comic, that's okay. I just don't like you.
posted 11:00 am PST
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