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March 9, 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 were I in a comic book shop tomorrow I would gladly dance with stacks of the following until we dropped.

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JAN100190 BPRD KING OF FEAR #3 (OF 5) $2.99
NOV090045 HELLBOY TP VOL 09 WILD HUNT $19.99
JAN100365 UNWRITTEN #11 (MR) $2.99
NOV090380 ELEPHANTMEN #24 $3.50
DEC090410 JERSEY GODS #11 $3.50
Various indy comics offerings. I believe our friend Moritat returns to Elephantmen this issue, while Jersey Gods is Image's second Kirby current pastiche-type comic book to make it into double-digits. What else... I think Unwritten is Vertigo's next big hope for break-out hit, but I could be totally wrong about that. It's also a strong week for the solid Dark Horse Hellboy material, but most weeks are.

JAN100285 MAGOG #7 $2.99
I still can't get over the fact that there's a comic out there called Magog. Do little kids as their mothers to pick them up a copy of Magog when they're sick? Do these mothers recoil in horror? Is this a comic made just so preachers can hold it up at Christian youth rallies?

DEC090220 WARLORD THE SAGA TP $17.99
About five years ago, I had this idea that each mainstream comics company should name four or five properties and never collect them, leaving them as jewels of the back-issue market that could only be experienced that way. The first comic on my list for DC was Warlord. Obviously, this never happened. And to be honest, my plan was mighty stupid.

OCT090360 IMAGE UNITED #1 (OF 6) COLLECTORS ED S/N $25.00
I'm not sure what this is, but it's almost the best nostalgia of all for these guys to be publishing special editions and the like before they've finished the series. Maybe some of the stores that are buying the series can sort of go out of business in response, or maybe the crew can kick Rob Liefeld out before the six-issue series is up.

JAN100238 BATMAN AND ROBIN #10 $2.99
More Grant Morrison multiple-art team (fairly) straight-ahead superheroics. I bought a bunch of issues of this and I can't say I was feeling it, although I like that supple Cameron Stewart art. It may be that I'm just done with Batman. Like I'm on "full" with my lifetime's allotment of Batman.

JAN100589 THE MYSTIC HANDS OF DR STRANGE #1 $3.99
I think this is one of those combination black and white magazine and old-school giant-size issue that hasn't really been a runaway hit with the fans of these characters, and sort of emanates this vibe of the company not really being into the character, either. Still, good candidate for this kind of approach.

JAN100629 X-MEN PIXIE STRIKES BACK #2 (OF 4) $3.99
A lot of fans talk about not reading X-Men comics the same way a certain kind of TV watcher talks about never watching Saturday Night Live: they lie about it for a long time before they actually make the break. I knew I had really stopped watching Saturday Night Live when I saw a New York profile of Jimmy Fallon and I had no idea who that was. Now I know I've stopped reading X-Men comics. Hey, it only took decades.

OCT090994 COMPLETE MILT GROSS COMIC BOOK STORIES HC VOL 01 $39.99
This is the show-stopper of the week, or at least the snatch-off-the-shelf-and-look-at-buying spree-stopper of the week.

DEC091025 DETROIT METAL CITY GN VOL 04 (MR) $12.99
The best manga to buy is comedy manga.

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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 spent most of the day in bed, crying. Happy now?

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