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January 17, 2017


This Isn’t A Library: New, Notable Releases Into 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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NOV160691 OFFICER DOWNE TP (MR) $19.99
SEP160092 ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 08 DESOLATE SHORE $19.99
SEP160028 DEPT H HC VOL 01 PRESSURE $19.99
NOV160382 ROM TP VOL 01 $19.99
This isn't a week for the kinds of comics I like most of all, but a fallow Wednesday in 2017 is like the best New Comics Day of the year for most the 1990s and into the 2000s so I'm I could spend a hundred bucks just like that. I'd get there more quickly through all four of these solid $20 trades. The Officer Downe book I liked in different forms when I read it; this is linked to the recent movie so you get a script and production stills. The Abe Sapien is nearing the end of that run if not the end. Dept H is the first trade from that well-reviewed series; that one seems like it was just announced. I'm probably not perverse enough to make ROM a core buy, but it might be fun to see some of those artists again.

imageNOV160346 KAMANDI CHALLENGE SPECIAL #1 $7.99
Hey, it's reprint of an older Kamandi comic as a way of kicking off their round-table roulette series. I love Kamandi and I love everything Jack Kirby, although I thought Kirby's work was stronger in the teens than when this work came along -- it has to be in the #30s.

NOV160589 THEYRE NOT LIKE US #13 (MR) $2.99
NOV160898 BLACK WIDOW #10 $3.99
NOV160059 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #30 $4.99
NOV160053 BLACK HAMMER GIANT SIZED ANNUAL #1 $5.99
NOV160272 CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #4 (MR) $3.99
NOV160273 CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #4 VAR ED (MR) $3.99
Hey, it's the comic-book comics. Not a lot here, either. The best work is probably up top with two admirable artists providing super-solid work: Simon Gane on the Image comic, and Chris Samnee on the Marvel one. I note the Dark Horse Presents for the high number -- that's another sizable yet quiet run. The Black Hammer is Jeff Lemire's book of oddball superheroics -- songs in the key of Mignola, with the fun artist Dean Ormston involved. The Cave Carson is one of those Gerard Way shepherded Vertigo/corporate titles, and this might be the week to try one of those art. I don't like that there's a variant cover, but I'm happy someone got paid.

NOV160504 ART OF ZACH HOWARD SC VOL 01 WILD BLUE YONDER $9.99
FEB160628 GODDAMNED TP VOL 01 THE FLOOD (MR) $9.99
Two smart company strategies in play: IDW showing off the artists that do a lot of work with the company in an art book, and Image pricing its initial trades at $9.99 for an easier sell-to point to support ongoing series.

OCT161031 KA-ZAR TP SAVAGE DAWN $15.99
Ka-Zar is a sturdy property that doesn't have a lot to distinguish itself in terms of a period where this particular spin on the on Tarzan mythos found vibrancy. There's no comics I can point at with the character that seem work better than others, or as good as the description of the concept might portend.

NOV161564 ZONZO HC (MR) $14.99
This is a handsome-looking volume -- in fact, there's an art design trick I've never seen before except on some self-published kids' books in the '90s -- of Joan Cornella's humor work. I think the comics are funny, although I'm not sure that I think this size of a collection at this price point shows off the work as well as wider exposure to the work through more comics might have been.

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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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