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November 30, 2010


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 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. But if I were anywhere near a comic shop, I would make that decision according to the dreams I keep inside my pillow.

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DEC090037 ACHEWOOD HC VOL 03 HOME FOR SCARED PEOPLE $16.99
A new book featuring the consistently excellent on-line comics giant.

OCT100017 BALTIMORE PLAGUE SHIPS #5 $3.50
This is this week's contribution from the Mignola-verse, the whatever luxury car isn't from a bankrupt manufacturer of today's current serial-to-trade comics offerings.

JUN100020 CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 20 NIGHT OF WOLF $18.99
JUN100045 CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 08 $49.99
I don't follow either of these reprint programs enough to comment on their quality, but I like the idea of each series.

OCT100206 BRIGHTEST DAY #15 $2.99
AUG100197 BRIGHTEST DAY HC VOL 01 $29.99
Backseat driving comics companies about which I know very little #1: it seems weird to me that you'd have collections coming out at the same time an event series is ongoing, kind of like being asked to buy DVDs of earlier rounds of a sporting playoff before the championship match. This is probably a ridiculous concern, but it just seems like you'd want to make that shift in collection strategies a bit later on.

JUN100657 CIVIL WAR HC SPIDER-MAN $39.99
Backseat driving comics companies about which I know very little #2: on the other hand, it also seems odd if this is a first-time offering, like getting a DVD of the 2007 divisional playoffs in late 2010.

OCT100643 WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #1 $3.99
And what he does is maintain his popularity as a title-launcher despite being decades past his initial rise to popularity. Actually, maybe Batman is the best there is. Good thing that this potential obvious candidate for a key role in superhero over-publishing jenga is being offered at that lower price point. Oh, wait.

OCT100550 WOMEN OF MARVEL #2 (OF 2) $3.99
Well, they got to two issues.

SEP100464 IMAGE COMICS 2010 SDCC YEARBOOK HC $29.99
It is no way the tiniest bit of commentary on anything within this pin-up book's covers to suggest that its buyers are grade-A comics customers, and if there were any way to upgrade them to first class, we should.

MAY100481 KING CITY #12 (MR) $2.99
Brandon Graham's series, that could have been on the stands in 1984 even though it combined influences that didn't begin to be felt until years after, concludes. Good show.

MAY100989 BURMA CHRONICLES GN (MR) $16.95
This is a timely re-offer considering events in that world. I enjoyed this book quite a bit.

AUG101178 TEZUKA AYAKO GN (MR)(C: 0-1-2) $26.95
I'm not sure what those extra letters mean (MR is mature readers), but this is Vertical's latest book from Osamu Tezuka's fertile 1970s period where he worked in all sorts of adult formats, kind of like if Walt Disney took a few years there to make studio versions of Mean Streets and Cockfighter starring Dean Jones and Angelea Lansbury.

AUG101068 AKIRA KODANSHA ED GN VOL 04 (MR) $27.99
The latest reprinting of the classic sci-fi adventure series, a foundational tome for a wide-ranging comics library.

OCT101030 TRICKSTER NATIVE AMERICAN TALES GN ANTHOLOGY $22.95
A fine idea for an anthology series, discussed and previewed here. This is the kind of book that in a healthy comics system would be on store shelves for years and years, constantly replaced.

AUG100914 RASL #9 (MR) $3.50
It's amazing to me that Jeff Smith's mash-up of true science and science fiction nears its 10th issue, but I enjoy the crap out of this series and I'm heading to a comics shop to pick it up.

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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 here, that's because I'm a tender and callow fellow.

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