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April 23, 2019

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



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.


I haven't jumped into bed for a long weekend with the Full Bleed hardcovers, but I love that they exist in a period where most writing about comics is on the low-end of on-line permanence. The more projects that leave you scratching your head about their unlikely nature, the better off all of us are. It's been a while since I've read a Morrison and he's been good for at least one fun one once a decade since Amazing Heroes.

imageFEB190137 CRIMINAL #4 (MR) $3.99
FEB190470 ACTION COMICS #1010 $3.99
FEB198467 DIE #2 4TH PTG (MR) $3.99
FEB198468 DIE #3 3RD PTG (MR) $3.99
I like Criminal as a serial, and it may be one of a handful of well-conceived offerings of that type this entire century to date. If there were a dozen more comics like it out there, I'd have actual books on my bookshelves. I enjoy these Superman comics by Brian Michael Bendis, although it's not a priority buy just because my general tastes are elsewhere now. I'd love a cop TV show and a sitcom this generally accessible and solid, for sure. Die is running up the multiple editions and the subsequent printings that indicates an indy-genre hit, and we're due one with a gaming theme given the resurgence of that world in recent years.

The Phoebe & Her Unicorn books are a regular buy from me, both familiar and completely idiosyncratic like my favorite 1970s high concept strips in paperback form.

FEB192023 WE DIG WORMS SC $6.99
There may be one or two more of these books from the deeper parts of the TOON catalog. But the ones I see offered here are solid efforts. You want all the comics Eleanor Davis ever does.

JAN191911 ART OF PLOOG HC VOL 02 $49.00
JAN191912 ART OF PLOOG LTD S&N HC VOL 02 $275.00
I don't always know who the hell is buying certain art-book projects, but I can figure out the kind of person who would want one in this case, because that includes. I wish I lived in a different tax bracket to facilitate an easy buy for work like this. You don't have to own everything, though, and I will check this out in public-copy form at some future date and really enjoy that, too.

JAN191933 PHANTOM COMP DAILIES HC VOL 15 1957-1958 (RES) $60.00
I would have made the Plug the image, but I could find a flat cover. I hate those three-quarters angles ones, and I'm not even sure I know why. I love with equal passion the Wilson McCoy era of Phantom, a crudely solid adventure strip that's 10 percent from the land of loopy people. I laugh at least once every 50 pages.


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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