February 12, 2019
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.
NOV181774 DISNEY MASTERS HC VOL 06 CARPI SCROOGE GOLDEN RIVER $29.99
This is a weird week with a lot of interesting comics being sold about which I'm slightly ambivalent, so I thought maybe I'd take a second to thank the comics gods and Fantagraphics for their driving some of their Barks- and Rosa-driven interest back into some of the other major Disney comics practitioners. I'm happy to have those stories, and I'm happy to have samples of that work translated and in my home.
DEC180525 WONDER TWINS #1 (OF 6) $3.99
DEC180526 WONDER TWINS #1 (OF 6) VAR ED $3.99
OCT180708 DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #4 (OF 4) CVR A ALLRED $3.99
OCT180709 DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #4 (OF 4) CVR B TOMMASO $3.99
NOV188407 CRIMINAL #1 2ND PTG (MR) $3.99
DEC180234 CRIMINAL #2 (MR) $3.99
DEC188162 DIE #2 2ND PTG (MR) $3.99
DEC180250 GUNNING FOR HITS #2 (MR) $3.99
SEP180188 MAGIC ORDER #6 (OF 6) CVR A COIPEL (MR) $3.99
SEP180189 MAGIC ORDER #6 (OF 6) CVR B B&W COIPEL (MR) $3.99
DEC188055 MAGIC ORDER #6 (OF 6) CVR C KERSCHL (MR) $3.99
There's a lot here. Wonder Twins
may indicate the way these big companies do series from now on: as short bursts of issues under a greater umbrella that takes care of the continuity/stick-with-it part of something like this. Most creators at all levels have the ability to do a story of five issues length with just about any character. The first of the Dick Tracy modern cycles has ended. Criminal
jumps into the world of funnybooks, which means half the fun will be reading into Ed Brubaker's choices of what comics into his own. Die
gets a second printing for a second issue, which is a good sign. Gunning For Hits
is Moritat doing Music Business adventure comics, and I am down. Finally, Magic Order may wrap things up really quickly or settle in for another series, I can't tell.
OCT181280 GIANT DAYS TP VOL 09 $14.99
NOV180061 HEY KIDS COMICS TP (MR) $16.99
I always read John Allison and I always check out the designs employed by Howard Chaykin on the page. This new series is only slightly bonkers.
OCT180598 MISTER MIRACLE TP (RES) (MR) $24.99
NOV180580 TORSO TP NEW ED (MR) $24.99
The first is a collected trade from one of DC's high-concept success stories of the last few years. Torso is the latest Bendis book showing up under the DC bookselling umbrella, which I have to imagine is a big boon for Bendis and his collaborators.
NOV180728 JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 09 JOHNNY BOO IS KING $9.99
All hail Johnny Boo and his ninth volume of James Kochalka-led nonsense.
NOV188701 CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 2ND PTG CAMERO VAR $4.99
DEC180911 CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 $3.99
DEC180914 CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 MOVIE VAR $3.99
NOV181018 CAPTAIN MARVEL EARTHS MIGHTIEST HERO TP VOL 05 $24.99
AUG181069 CAPTAIN MARVEL MS MARVEL A HERO IS BORN OMNIBUS HC $100.00
AUG181070 CAPTAIN MARVEL MS MARVEL A HERO IS BORN OMNIBUS HC DM VAR $100.00
That doesn't look like a company ready to exploit a character's high-profile film offering, but Marvel has looked worse this many days out on other projects.
DEC181868 BLOOM GN (MR) $17.99
DEC181869 BLOOM HC GN (MR) $24.99
AUG182271 WRATH OF FANTOMAS HC (MR) $29.99
Two interesting-looking books to pull of the shelves if, like me, you think the comic shop exists to point me in the direction of books with which I'm largely unfamiliar. The first is YA, the second looks like more general fantasy, but perhaps teens, not quite sure there. They both look handsome.
NOV182078 WALLY WOOD DARE DEVIL ACES SC $24.95
OCT180352 EC ARCHIVES HC PIRACY $49.99
Any way you're reading old EC Comics, salute you.
DEC182117 CAPTAIN MARVEL & ART OF NOSTALGIA HC $30.00
DEC182020 COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART HC $18.99
Here's a rare bottom-picture prose book: Faith Erin Hicks with all words and no pictures.
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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