January 12, 2016
This Isn’t A Library: New, Notable Releases Into 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.
NOV151609 ROSALIE LIGHTNING GRAPHIC MEMOIR HC $19.99
There doesn't seem to be a whole lot in the comics interest that hits one of my overlapping body pillows of interest, no matter how I pile them on the bed. It doesn't matter, though, not in a week with an obvious 2016 book of the year candidate like Tom Hart's Rosalie Lightning
. Take it home, read it, cry, read it again. If necessary, just get this book and leave the rest for a future week's consideration.
NOV150606 FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS #4 $2.99
NOV150012 ABE SAPIEN #30 $3.50
OCT150050 GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #12 $3.99
NOV150603 DESCENDER #9 $2.99
NOV150610 HUCK #3 CVR A ALBUQUERQUE $3.50
NOV150611 HUCK #3 CVR B ALBUQUERQUE $3.50
NOV150561 WALKING DEAD #150 CVR A ADLARD & STEWART (MR) $2.99
NOV150562 WALKING DEAD #150 CVR B BLANK SKETCH (MR) $2.99
OCT158896 WALKING DEAD #150 CVR C LATOUR (MR) $2.99
OCT158897 WALKING DEAD #150 CVR D MOORE (MR) $2.99
OCT158898 WALKING DEAD #150 CVR E OTTLEY (MR) $2.99
NOV150768 AGENTS OF SHIELD #1 $3.99
OCT150729 SECRET WARS #9 $4.99
NOV151191 ADVENTURE TIME #48 $3.99
You take this down into single-covers and there's not a whole that interests me even setting my desirability triggers at their most sensitive. My light week is someone else's hernia-inducing walk home, I'm sure. From Under Mountains
would be the title I've been told to try I almost certainly would try this week. There's Mignola-verse and Sergio, which are always-buys. Descender
I might be on the trades now just because I find that a more satisfying amount of story to read at one time. Huck
I have no interest in having read the previous two issues but that's an important book for many readers. Walking Dead
didn't do a big, special storyline moment for its 150th issue but you wouldn't be able to tell from the amount of covers out there. It does seem like something of an important dramatic moment for the overall saga, though, and it's easy to admire that series for its consistent performance. After that we have a sign that Marvel is still adding titles to its not-relaunch followed by the big reminder they're just now finishing up their big 2015 event series. Adventure Time
gets close to #50. I'd Iike to dip back into that one, too.
SEP150101 LONE WOLF & CUB OMNIBUS TP VOL 11 $19.99
Super-solid work in its latest roll-out. I will always look at it.
NOV150458 DIRK GENTLY TP INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF ALL KINGS $19.99
This one strikes me as an interesting license acquisition in that you'd think if it were to crossover it would have done so by now but at the same time there's likely enough interest for it to be viable in a lot of different media.
OCT151695 JAMES BOND SPECTRE COMIC STRIPS COLLECTION HC $39.95
This is a Titan Books offering of classic book adaptation, very familiar from film, featuring one of the all-time great fantasy criminal organization in 20th Century literature.
NOV151734 GIRL ON THE SHORE GN (MR) $18.95
While most of the attention this week is deservedly on Hart's Rosalie Lightning
, this book may combine with the start of a translated Goodnight, Punpun
in a couple of months to make this a huge year for Inio Asano. I look forward to both, and am grateful to have that opportunity. It's stand-alone work with which I'm largely unfamiliar that gets me the most excited as a reader, and this seems like a particularly satisfying pair of experiences on the horizon.
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.
posted 3:25 pm PST
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