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July 23, 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 engage me in a wicked gun fu battle.


MAY080051 USAGI YOJIMBO #113 $2.99
There's something heroic about there being 113 issues of this book.

MAY080148 AMBUSH BUG YEAR NONE #1 (OF 6) $2.99
This might be worth a nostalgic look-see, but it's almost always a bad idea to revisit comedians you haven't seen in a while so I'm worried the same thing might be true in comics.

You can buy it to see what will happen in the future!

I'll be interested in seeing this from a production-nerd standpoint, as one of the things I like about the comic books is how crappy they look.

DEC072092 INVINCIBLE #51 $2.99
I always imagining people dissecting Robert Kirkman's superhero series to figure out why it works when so many similar series don't and then sitting there with their scalpel surrounded by all these sliced pages and having to admit, "I have no idea."

This book kind of combines the "you may already have the comics" aspect of the American Flagg! collection and the "revisiting comedy" warning from the Ambush Bug.

MAY084180 DAN DARE #7 (OF 7) (NOTE PRICE) $5.99
It would be funny if the note was from the company rather than the distributor and it send "IGNORE PRICE."

MAY084175 FLIGHT GN VOL 05 $25.00
The dean of handsome, visually-driven, high-production anthologies, and at this point more interesting to me as a publishing story than as a book. Your mileage may vary... and probably does.


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, 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, too damn bad.
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