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August 9, 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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MAR161024 STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE 4 (MR) $15.95
There was very little on the new releases list that popped for me. When I was a kid, and the shelves kind of dried up late in the summer, I would buy back issues of The Comics Journal and Amazing Heroes for one dollar off of my shop's side-shelf. It was a way to stay in the world of comics that I loved a little longer than I might be able to just buying another comics. I liked the Study Group's magazine efforts; they use good writers and the publication always looks nice. It sort of reminds me of one of the magazines not the Journal that popped up in the mid-1990s, like Crash or Destroy All Comics. It works if you understand the nuances in taste and it works if you see it as part of a wave.

imageJUN160203 ALL STAR BATMAN #1 $4.99
JUN160575 BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #1 (MR) $4.99
APR161201 SEC ONE SHOT (MR) $5.00
JUN160841 VISION #10 $3.99
JUN160867 BLACK PANTHER #5 $3.99
I think we're safely in the period of John Romita Jr.'s career where he's no longer the gold standard and maybe not even a fan favorite. That was a good run he had. I still find him an illustrator of interest, much in the same way that Gil Kane was late in his own Hall Of Fame comics-making career. Black Monday Murders is Jonathan Hickman, an interesting writer interested in how information is communicated on the page. SEC (I'm guessing the "One-Shot" is description or subtitle; forgive me if I'm wrong) is Sarah Ferrick and the latest from Marc Arsenault's Alternative Comics distribution umbrella. I'd pick that one up for sure. The last two comics are the current serialized darlings at the House Of Ideas. Black Panther becomes more assured with every issue, which totally makes sense.

APR160065 HELLBOY AND THE BPRD 1953 TP $19.99
I buy these in serial form, which is kind of dumb given how many of them come out all of the time. I remember enjoying the stories in here, particularly the stand-alones. The longer story seemed find but a little relaxed in terms of narrative. At this point you're either buying this stuff or you're not. I don't think anything in here would change minds in either camp.

APR160829 INJECTION TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99
I enjoy these comics in serial form when I read them. It's become more relaxed-seeming and thus more fun as the issues have moved into the higher single digits. I'm a sucker for the idea of cranky, outsized, talented people solve all of the world's problems while also contributing to them.

JUN161204 HELLBOUND LIFESTYLE GN $10.00
This is Sec are the random, purebred alt-comics, and the two comics about which I know very, very little. This will be the one I get if my comic store is carrying it on Wednesday.; The is Retrofit rather than Alternative, though.

MAY161635 MARIE ANTOINETTE PHANTOM QUEEN HC $18.99
Annie Goetzinger makes comics that are the equivalent of the remaining prestige dramas on US network television: they are graceful and well-executed and sensible. I love looking at them, though, and I always appreciate seeing which artists interest venerable publisher NBM.

JUN162057 COMICS OF HERGE WHEN THE LINES ARE NOT SO CLEAR HC $60.00
Let's end on that other way I used to extend my weekly comics wallow: books about comics. This one is academically priced for sure, but Hergé is one of the perennial subjects of interest still, although that might change with one more generation.

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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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