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September 26, 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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JUL070017 USAGI YOJIMBO #106 $2.99
JUL070240 SPIRIT #10 $2.99
JUL070019 SPEAK O/T DEVIL #2 (OF 6) $3.50
JUN072199 CRIMINAL #9 (MR) $2.99
You know, that's not a bad week at the comics shop in terms of classic indy/alt-type comics. If there were this many solid titles of that type coming out every week, that end of the comics market might stand a chance for total transformation.

JUL070212 ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #7 $2.99
JUL070276 ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE BOOK TWO #4 $2.99
JUN072154 IMMORTAL IRON FIST #9 $2.99
JUL072166 IMMORTAL IRON FIST ANNUAL #1 $3.99
Nor is it a bad week in terms of the higher-end superhero books. Do people still like Astro City? If not, why not?

SEP063098 ALAN MOORES YUGGOTH CULTURES TP (MR) (RES) $29.99
Jog says this is a mess of stuff, including comics derived from an unpublished novel, new work derived from the setting in the unpublished novel, and an interview with Moore himself. This is clearly for Moore completists, but it's a very good book for those folks.

AUG073717 BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2007 $22.00
A lot of great comics short stories and excerpts, the vast majority of which will be new to anyone not reading MOME or Kramers Ergot. The class offering of the week.

JUL073878 ELFWORLD VOL 1 TP (MR) $12.95
An uneven but generally amusing small press anthology featuring fantasy comics by art comics author, since picked up for distribution by Top Shelf.

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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 good person.
 
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