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September 12, 2007

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



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.


Sergio's so well-liked I think a lot of folks in comics would buy Sergio Aragones Gives You The Finger and Makes Fun of Your Loved Ones. An issue of Groo sounds like a lot more fun.

JUL070030 BPRD KILLING GROUND #2 (OF 5) $2.99
The latest trade featuring Mike Mignola's signature character, including some shorter works by the series creator, and the latest issue of an individual comic made by other creators along with Mignola (who co-writes) and set in the Mignola-verse.

APR071862 AGE OF BRONZE #26 $3.50
JUL071945 CASANOVA #9 (MR) $1.99
JUN071924 WALKING DEAD #42 (MR) $2.99
JUN072143 DAREDEVIL #100 $3.99
The best of the individual genre comic lot: men in sandals, super-spies, zombies, blind superheroes and however the hell you describe what Linda Medley does. If I were in a generous, acquisitive mood at a comic shop today, I would have a lot to snap up.

JUN073956 DR SLUMP VOL 13 TP $7.99
JUN073958 NARUTO VOL 16 TP $7.95
JUN073959 NARUTO VOL 17 TP $7.95
JUN073960 NARUTO VOL 18 TP $7.95
The Naruto Nation effort begins where for the next few months multiple volumes of the young ninja series are put into the market to catch the American collections up with the Japanese, throw a spotlight on the super-successful title and although every will deny it maybe even fast-forward past one of the not quite as popular stretches in the series' amazing run. If Masashi Kishimoto's meticulous action isn't for you, maybe Akira Toriyama's goofy kids comic Dr. Slump can take its place in the $7.99 for lots of pages purchase slot. If I remember correctly, Naruto's creator is in his early thirties. Just sayin'.

Taiyo Matsumoto's beautiful and highly energetic manga gets the all-under-one-cover treatment. That it's such a hotly anticipated release even after a long and chaotic English-language publishing history says something about the work, I think, although exactly what I'm not sure. I want one. Badly.

JUL073798 THE ARRIVAL GN $19.99
Shaun Tan's wordless, beautiful-looking fable -- endorsed by Jeff Smith, Craig Thompson and Eddie Campbell, among others -- gets its North American debut. Expect a gushing reaction now that comics readers can actually see the darn thing. And then, a backlash.


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 good person.
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