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September 6, 2007


This Isn’t A Library: New and Notable Releases to the Comics Direct Market

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Here are those 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 following -- 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 resulting in mean words and hurt feelings when my retailer objected.

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JUL070023 LOBSTER JOHNSON THE IRON PROMETHEUS #1 (OF 5) $2.99
JUL072169 IRON MAN ENTER MANDARIN #1 (OF 6) $2.99
JUL072204 WOLVERINE #57 $2.99
JUN070170 BATMAN GOTHIC TP NEW EDITION $14.99
JUN070215 SWORD OF THE ATOM TP $19.99

This bunch of comics fails to achieve everyone-must-have status, but rises to the top in terms of superhero pulp being offered this week where very little else is available. The first is one of those Mignola World titles that I haven't seen. The second is a Joe Casey-written Iron Man series that I guess deserves a pull out into its own title because of the forthcoming movie. The third book features the former Blade team of Howard Chaykin drawing scripts from Marc Guggenheim; I rather liked the now-canceled Blade as a balls-out, stupid and slightly gonzo boys' adventure comic book. The fourth listed is a Grant Morrison Batman story that probably ran in that Batman-focused anthology title they do (did?) whose name I can't remember. If that's been available in different formats before now, I apologize for listing it again. The fifth and final book above offers up some late period Gil Kane artwork, probably the most prominent comics he did during after 1980. Nostril shots for everyone!

JUL070194 BLACK CANARY WEDDING PLANNER $2.99
This sounds dumb. Is Black Canary still a florist? I thought that was an interesting job for a superhero to have. I always imagined a lot of people standing at the counter going "Hello...?" while the superhero is out beating people up or whatever.

APR070196 JACK KIRBYS FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL 2 HC $49.99
More great comics from the King. I have the individual books, but a few of my pals have been enjoying this reprint series despite the price tag.

MAY070227 SENTENCES THE LIFE OF M F GRIMM HC (MR) $19.99
JUN073632 GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY RONALD REAGAN GN (RES) $16.95

I just sort of like having these two right next to one another.

JUL073580 LAIKA SC $17.95
Nick Abadzis' sprawling, heartfelt story of Earth's first space traveler.

MAY073125 PROCESS RECESS 2 PORTFOLIO SC (MR) $29.95
Budding illustration superstar James Jean provides a bunch of art work in an over-sized publication for those of us who aren't all that interested in the comics that bear his art on the cover.

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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.

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, you're welcome to assume the worst of me, but it's likely I just missed it. I am not a sharp person.
 
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