February 13, 2018
This Isn’t A Library: New, Notable Releases Into The 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.
DEC171585 TOTAL JAZZ HC (MR) (C: 0-1-2) $19.99
This is one of these weeks where I might not be seeing everything that's out, a general problem for me post 2014 or so that I have yet to solve. I'm working on it, though. A big book of Blutch's comics from Fantagraphics fits the bill in terms of the kind of thing I might go to the comics shop to see. Just look at the thing
DEC170648 BINGO LOVE OGN $9.99
This mini-publishing phenomenon is quite the sweet, crowd-pleasing book and I think wants to work on that level, perhaps first and foremost.
NOV170577 INVINCIBLE #144 CVR A OTTLEY & FAIRBAIRN (MR) $5.99
NOV170578 INVINCIBLE #144 CVR B WALKER & FAIRBAIRN (MR) $5.99
MAY170659 BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #8 (MR) $3.99
DEC170714 KILL OR BE KILLED #16 (MR) $3.99
DEC170726 MAGE HERO DENIED #6 (OF 15) $3.99
DEC178007 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN #1 (OF 2) 2ND PTG PISKOR VAR $5.99
DEC178008 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN #2 (OF 2) 2ND PTG PISKOR VAR $5.99
Single issues feel strong this week to me. The last issue of Invincible
has to be given its due. I can't imagine a comic that has surged past its initial life expectancy like this one. Here's how much narrative we're talking about: the original, hook-worth twist isn't even mentioned in the opening summary, although it gets a callback in a late scene. It's affecting to see a superhero story because so few do. Black Monday Murders
is told in a compelling way I enjoy and wish I saw more of. Kill Or Be Killed
has become a better series the more it goes on, which is an accomplishment given how some of the genres tossed into the mix here limit extended storytelling. The third iteration of Mage
still has a long way ago; I look forward to seeing how this turns out given how leisurely the first issues have seemed. And then there's Ed with a second printing. Yay, Ed.
OCT171728 YOU HAVE KILLED ME GN $15.99
This is a Jamie Rich/Joelle Jones effort from several years back or a brand new book sharing its name. I remember the earlier book being effect, unadorned genre work, solid in the context of like offerings and in the contest of those creators' careers.
OCT171888 JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #73 (C: 0-1-1) $10.95
All hail serial magazine publication that reaches 70+ issue. God bless Jacob Kurtzberg.
AUG178400 FULL BLEED COMICS & CULTURE QUARTERLY HC VOL 01 $25.00
This is the ambitious IDW effort to make a comics magazine for right now, a thrown gauntlet that includes not only the Ted Adams crew but at least a half-dozen new and old players. This is the commercial phase following the crowd-funded stage; those that got theirs at the Kickstarter level seem happy with their purchase.
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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