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October 22, 2019


This Isn’t A Library: New, Notable Release From Comics’ Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt 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. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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OCT170523 SCREWBALL CARTOONISTS WHO MADE FUNNIES FUNNY HC $59.99
This looks good and also looks like humongously stuffed with material. I'm not always sure I believe the provenance of this kind of material as a gatherable thing, but the individual cartoonists are almost always interesting and fun. This strikes me as a strong Christmas-present candidate, and of course we are starting to see those from a dozen to two dozen times in any given week.

imageAUG190171 CRIMINAL #9 (MR) $3.99
AUG191422 LUMBERJANES #67 CVR A LEYH $3.99
AUG191431 STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #33 CVR A PENA $3.99
AUG190473 ACTION COMICS #1016 YOTV $3.99
AUG190282 HELLBOY AND THE BPRD SATURN RETURNS #3 (OF 3) $3.99
AUG190163 ASCENDER #6 (MR) $3.99
That doesn't mean the comic-book comics go away, though. With Walking Dead gone, Criminal may be the vital quality serial genre comic book in North American right now, depending on how the mutants, Batmen, Supermen and Telgemeier family are doing at any given time. The teenage protagonists might take you back to Lowlife-era Brubaker a bit. The Lumberjanes and Steven Universe comics I mention for the number of issues they done. That's a really basic thing I do, check in on number of issues done, but it still surprises me with comics like these. Action Comics just feels like it's finishing a 50-issue run, and of course the Mignola-Verse material is on a run three times that length. At least. Ascender is the flip-approach epic by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, and I think is one of the stable elements of their line.

JUL190653 NAOMI SEASON ONE HC $19.99
This is a collection of Brian Bendis' new-character launch done in the midst of core DC books. It seems admirable as all hell, but it's a sideways treatment to core DC supeheroing that rarely gets over until 20 years have past.

MAY190623 GRAMERCY PARK HC $19.99
This is a slight off-key European album type comic: familiar but breaking with the look a bit. When people talk about European comics working their way into the market, this is the kind of book that pops to mind.

MAY190947 TIMELYS GREATEST HC GOLDEN AGE SIMON & KIRBY OMNIBUS $150.00
AUG192074 ADV OF TINTIN COMPLETE COLLECTION SET $200.00
Christmas is the time of the massive comics set. Marvel's done surprising well through the years with giant collections and Simon/Kirby is always of interest in a right-brains. The better comics collections have a significant chunk of Tintin, even if we haven't agreed on a format, let alone an edition, of what that should be.

JUL191922 COMPLETE PEANUTS TP BOX SET 1971-1974 $39.99
JUL191921 COMPLETE PEANUTS TP VOL 12 1973-1974 $22.99
The best of this century giant collections projects rolls on. I have to imagine the single volume/double volume nature of the books makes them hard to keep in print, which would also indicate to me that if you're not done picking them up yet there might be effort involved in making sure you're buying when they're selling. They are of course, sublime comics.

AUG191964 OPEN BORDERS GN $19.99
AUG191965 OPEN BORDERS HC GN $27.99
Some non-fiction comics on the subject of immigration policy. I'd certainly look at this.

AUG191591 ZITS TREASURY TP NOT SPARKING JOY $18.99
The Scott/Borgman hit strip keeps its successful publishing program moving along. That is a very well executed strip with a very bland story -- you know the range of behavior available to the lead when standing 20 feet away from the comic. There's still a place for that kind of work is my guess.

AUG191820 ART OF THE DEVIL ILLUSTRATED HISTORY HC $45.00
Another gift book, with Devil images. My mom would worry about me if I were to receiving one in the mail... so please send them to my office.

JUL191845 DAYBREAK HC NEW ED (MR) $21.95
This is a fun comic by the almost always fun Brian Ralph. The soon-to-drop film/TV version looks like it has little to do with the comic, but that doesn't make the comic worse!

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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 failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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