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June 7, 2016


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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FEB161065 SECRET VOICE #1 $8.00
FEB161071 SECRET VOICE #2 (MR) $8.00
FEB161066 SECRET VOICE #3 (MR) $8.00
Zack Soto doesn't get the credit he should for his pioneering role in this latest surge of alt-genre comics, where artists bring personal, idiosyncratic sensibilities to kinds of comics where the modes of expression are usually ossified. I enjoyed the first two of these I read, and I'm sure #3 is more of the same. You can buy them all.

imageAPR160655 MIDNIGHT OF THE SOUL #1 (MR) $3.50
APR160066 ABE SAPIEN #34 $3.50
APR160308 WONDER WOMAN REBIRTH #1 $2.99
MAR169188 FIX #1 3RD PTG (MR) $3.99
MAR169083 FIX #2 2ND PTG (MR) $3.99
APR160758 FIX #3 (MR) $3.99
APR160761 ISLAND #8 $7.99
APR160786 WICKED & DIVINE #20 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.50
APR160787 WICKED & DIVINE #20 CVR B FRISON (MR) $3.50
APR160952 HOWARD THE DUCK #8 $3.99
APR160923 VISION #8 $3.99
APR161420 ADVENTURE TIME #53 $3.99
APR161820 KAIJUMAX SEASON 2 #2 $3.99
APR161351 LUMBERJANES GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 MAIN CVR $3.99
That is a lot of funnybooks, only half of which I'd like even consider buying, but certainly all of which I'd like to see. Midnight Of The Soul is Howard Chaykin's latest, about a post-War novelist working through career misfortune and PTSD. There are more Rebirth comics out this month, and they all need to be strong to give that line an initial push on the stands, not just in feature articles and tweets from people that would read DC's output no matter what. All three issues of The Fix being available is a good sign for that comic as it grows an audience. The latest issue of Island runs a ton of pages from one of its best-looking features and is on my reading table as a result. Wicked & Divine's plot progression fairly re-aligns itself after a few false leads as to where this series was going. Howard The Duck and Vision are two of the three books I follow from Marvel, to get a sense of what they're up to. That is a lot of issues of Adventure Time, holey moley. I enjoy Zander Cannon's work in nearly everything he does, and like this oddball series combining giant monsters and prison drama quite a bit. Finally, that's an interesting crossover pairing: one of the not top-selling books with a roughly-same-audience peer from a much smaller company.

MAR160681 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA TP VOL 03 LITTLE LIGHT (MR) $14.99
OCT150608 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 03 THREE THE HARD WAY (MR) $14.99

FEB160416 RUSS HEATH YELLOW HEAT ARTIST ED PORTFOLIO $40.00
This is a print-worthy reprinting of the pages from "Yellow Heat" one of the most terrifying good-looking stories I believe created in one of comics more fallow creative periods. It's always worth a stop and stare when it shows up on-line, so I have to imagine this treat of it is gorgeous. This version of the Artist Editions concept is maybe my favorite relative to how much use I have for non-bound comics even exquisitely printed.

FEB160028 AW YEAH COMICS TP VOL 03 MAKE WAY FOR AWESOME $12.99
I know plenty of parents that are happy when these make their way into the stores. I don't know that I've ever read this particular series, although I'm familiar with the approach and the creators.

FEB161213 BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #22 (MR) $5.99
As always, I respect this outfit's devotion to print. Twenty-two issues is no joke.

APR162225 OTTO BINDER LIFE & WORK OF COMIC BOOK & SF VISIONARY SC $19.95
I enjoyed Billy Schelly's thorough Harvey Kurtzman biography quite a bit, although I think he has a passion unique to writers of his skill-set for makers and favorites of fan culture.

APR161627 LOVF GN ILLUSTRATED VISION QUEST MAN LOSING MIND (MR) $16.99
One of the objections a close friend made to me in regards to the industry-wide battle over issues triggered by a plot point in a Captain America comic book is that the work itself wasn't a worthy trigger for such discussions. I received an advanced copy of this Jesse Reklaw book during that first week of arguing, and it occurred to me looking at it on my coffee table that here was a work that was attempting to communicate personal issues way closer to everyday human existence than superhero Nazi stand-in affiliation -- in this case mental illness. It's a lush, unique reading experience.

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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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