June 5, 2018
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.
APR181664 NOBROW TP VOL 10 (MR) $24.00
More commentary than consumption driven by this week's books. I spent a couple of weekends with this lovely volume and enjoyed it quite a bit. I find these drawing exercises work for as me as oblique-narrative comics stories probably a bit more than they should. It's a handsome series of images, though, and a way to reacquaint with certain artists.
FEB181215 ABOUT BETTYS BOOB HC $29.99
Don't know the artists, don't always buy adult-aimed work from the company, but illness/recovery stories are a powerful subdivision of comics right now. I'd certainly pick it up to take a look.
JAN181821 KAIJUMAX TP VOL 03 SEASON THREE KING OF MONSTAS $19.99
Zander Cannon's monsters-in-prison comic reminds me of the Brubaker/Philips team pounding their way through various film and literary genres, only Zander's is done with giant monsters. I liked this volume in serial form very much.
FEB180039 HELLBOY AND THE BPRD 1955 TP $19.99
JAN180108 JENNY FINN HC (MR) $17.99
This week's Mignola-verse items. I liked the latter more than the former.
FEB180045 MOEBIUS LIBRARY INSIDE MOBIUS HC VOL 02 $39.99
Any series presentation featuring this early a number and this big of an artist has got to be filled with gems, and I suspect this one is too.
APR181139 GIANT DAYS #39 $3.99
APR180174 BATMAN PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1 $3.99
APR180239 EXIT STAGE LEFT THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #6 (OF 6) $3.99
APR180140 JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 $3.99
APR180425 RICK VEITCH THE ONE #5 (OF 6) $4.99
FEB180658 MOONSTRUCK #6 $3.99
APR180633 SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #10 $3.99
APR180639 WALKING DEAD #180 CVR A ADLARD & STEWART (MR) $3.99
APR180756 CAPTAIN AMERICA #703 $3.99
APR180698 DEADPOOL #1 $4.99
APR180726 DOCTOR STRANGE #1 $3.99
APR180691 IMMORTAL HULK #1 $4.99
A lot of comic-book format comics of interest this week, although I'll probably end up with only two or three of them. John Allison writing makes Giant Days
an easy buy for me. I have no interest in that Batman comic but the strangeness of that title in any other context delights me. The Snagglepuss I didn't even know had started, so I guess it did not penetrate into the imagination like some of the similar projects. Justice League going to a new #1 was bigger new five and ten years ago. It's always great to see anything on the stands from Rick Veitch. I like the Moonstruck
series and wish there were more comics designed more to charm than impress. Walking Dead
chugs along. I like these Captain America comics Mark Waid is writing while holding rack space for the Coates re-vamp. Those last three are I assume Marvel new #1s, and that company really needs these new number ones to hit. I only have a vague idea what's going on in one of them. Uh-oh.
MAR180999 BLACK BOLT TP VOL 02 HOME FREE $17.99
MAR180991 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY WAID AND SAMNEE TP VOL 01 HOME OF BRAVE $17.99
These are two of the better recent runs of serial comics from Marvel: on a surprise (the Black Bolt series) and one not,
APR180794 RISE OF BLACK PANTHER #6 (OF 6) $3.99
Still not sure why they do so many comics when the core titles aren't exactly killing it. I guess the reason is obvious.
SAPR181557 DISNEY MASTERS HC VOL 02 BOTTARO DONALD DUCK MONEY ROCKET (C) $29.99
Totally behind Fantagraphics publishing European duck comics masters as a way of building their library
MAR182159 PETER KUPER CONVERSATIONS SC $50.00
I"m not a fan of this series as a former participant, but I am glad to see the books as a lot of print and early Internet conversations fall out of print. Peter's a smart, articulate man.
APR181568 PRISON PIT GN VOL 06 $14.99
Hell yeah. Last one, too.
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 5:25 pm PST
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