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August 23, 2016

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.


APR160152 RG VEDA OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2) $24.99
This is a really light week for comics at the comic book store from my perspective on the field, even from the viewpoint of the imaginary rich version of me that usually inhabits this column. I don't even have Jog's ability in a down week to pull out 17 European graphic novels only he has heard of. So I'd be looking to take a chance on stuff slightly outside of my interest, perhaps one of these two books. RG Veda is Clamp, and it's been a while for me and that group of creators. This is super-early work if not the first, so there'd be that interest as well. Amazing Forest is a collection of a series with a pair of writers and rotating artists that might reveal a cohesion in collection its own formatting choices might thwart.

imageJUN160059 USAGI YOJIMBO #157 $3.99
JUN160222 HELLBLAZER #1 $2.99
JUN160223 HELLBLAZER #1 VAR ED $2.99
JUN160635 INVINCIBLE #130 $2.99
JUN160636 ISLAND #10 $7.99
JUN160657 SHE WOLF #3 (MR) $3.99
JUN160658 SNOTGIRL #2 CVR A HUNG $2.99
JUN160821 CIVIL WAR II ULYSSES #1 (OF 3) $4.99
This is an odd week for comic books, and will likely see me take some interesting things home. I always love some Stan Sakai, I like that inspector character, and this is the conclusion of that mini-arc. Sexy Constantine from the New 52 era I found to be one of the more hilarious characters in comics history, particularly in the context of a super team. Sexy Rebirth Constantine just sounds gross, so maybe they're doing something different with him, I don't know. I list the comic here because I like that Moritat fellow, he's an old-fashioned mainstream workhorse building up long runs here and there over the years. I'm interested in what this one looks like. Invincible is on a 15-issue countdown, and I'm hoping for at least two dozen crimson masks between this and the final issue, #144. Congratulations to Island for reaching double-digits; I think the best issues are yet to come, which is exciting for any anthology. She Wolf is about as pretty a comic as Image has made. I have yet to dive into Snotgirl but I still intend on making that happen. The Ulysses character in the Civil War II comics I've read was so boring I almost want to read this comic to see how a comic book about the character is possible. He whines and has visions, just like some of the old hippies I know that can still afford to live in Portland.

This is the Dark Horse version of the color-photocopies of black and white original art served up at the size of the original art and accompanied by fancy extra. The Sin City stuff bores me to tears in any format -- it physically makes me cry to read these comics -- but I have to imagine that for fans this would be a great way to read this visually arresting material. I'm not sure how I feel about people knocking off this approach, but I get creators wanting to work with their primary publishers when and if they can.

I think Seth has become a very interesting cartoonist and one that would invite a lot of intriguing commentary. I'm not sure I'd pay educational prices to experience that thinking, but if that class were available to me in college I would have enjoyed the heck out of it and then complained about my grade.

I will always look at a Frank Frazetta book. The one I like is a mid-'90s exhibition catalog done in hardcover, but that was $200 even back then.

Finally, why not end the summer with this version of the March series? Once they get going, they don't stop, and when you realize that in John Lewis' view this story ends in 1964 and the immediate aftermath of that year's laws, that's a lot more interesting than a broad survey stretched across the entire '60s decade.


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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