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June 9, 2009


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 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 more than likely pick up the following and give them a quick scan before shuffling to the next one, my Hulk slippers making a distinctive sound on the floor.

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APR090058 BPRD WAR ON FROGS #3 (OF 4) $2.99
APR090397 WALKING DEAD #62 (MR) $2.99
APR090588 CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 TP VOL 02 HELL COMES TO BIRMINGHAM $14.99
Two of the better-liked serial comics efforts going and a volume in the trade series reprinting issues from a recently-canceled second-tier superhero book that a lot of reviewers liked.

MAR098081 MUPPET SHOW #2 (OF 4) 2ND PRT $2.99
In case you missed it the first time around. This is one of those weeks where you just might find yourself looking for a couple of older comics you didn't catch the first time around.

APR090605 ESSENTIAL THOR TP VOL 04 $19.99
The transitional issues that go from Kirby to Adams (briefly) to Buscema, as Thor goes from maybe Marvel's best book to being one of the key books that marked the end of the Silver Age to slipping down to a comfortable place on the Marvel mid-card where it would stay until Beta Ray Bill jacked up the logo.

FEB090203 FINAL CRISIS HC $29.99
This already feels three years old.

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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, don't tell me: it'll make me sad.

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