August 15, 2017
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.
JUN170705 SPY SEAL #1 $3.99
Rich Tommaso's latest series may be his most beautiful in its full adoption of European kids-book colors and easygoing pacing. I'm super-interested to see what this might look like ten issues in. Until then, I'll be reading every new issue. The author is selling some of his beautiful black and white original art at his Etsy store
MAY170525 SH*T MY PRESIDENT SAYS ILLUSTRATED TWEETS OF DONALD TRUMP HC $14.99
Shannon Wheeler is a funny guy and a keen observer of oversized human behavior. Not even Spy Seal gets an assignment this sweet, digging to the current president's pre-occupation with twitter as a kind of magic button for opinion-throwers.
JUN170759 INVINCIBLE #139 (MR) $2.99
JUN170617 MAGE HERO DENIED #1 (OF 15) $3.99
JUN171838 KAIJUMAX SEASON 3 #2 (MR) $3.99
MAY171062 REICH #10 (OF 12) (MR) $4.00
NOV160644 SOUTHERN BASTARDS #17 CVR A LATOUR (MR) $3.99
JUN170818 WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #3 (OF 4) CVR A SAMPSON $3.99
There are slightly more comic-book comics of note than the last couple of weeks. I'm enjoying the straight-forward wrapping up of the Invincible
series so far. Writer Robert Kirkman's success with Walking Dead
obscures what a unique accomplishment this kind of universe-building with fewer than five builders has grown into by series end. So many creators have tried it. Mage: Hero Denied is Matt Wagner's return to his signature characters; it's hard for me to tell on Wagner's work how much I'm enjoying it until I come back to it about 100 pages in. Kaijumax is Zander Cannon's continuing humor series; I'm way behind. Reich
is the consistent re-marching out of Elijah Brubaker's previous comic-book series. Southern Bastards
surprised me with its return: that's me, not them. It's harder than one might think to balance these kind of somber stories with the larger than life characters involved. Winnebago Graveyard
is a comic about which I know little, but that's an all-time title and Allison Sampson is usually up to something interesting.
JUN170703 SEXCASTLE TP (MR) $15.99
was the reputation for Kyle Starks, and is as funny as its reputation.
MAY171709 FANTASY SPORTS HC VOL 03 GREEN KING $19.95
I always enjoy looking at Sam Bosma's work and a series of manga-style volumes fits its sports-but-not-quite sports stories extremely well. I'm glad these continue to come out.
MAR171819 FURARI HC (RES) $25.00
This is work by Jiro Taniguchi, an artist whose works I buy with regularity. That Taniguchi died six months ago makes this even more welcome.
JUN172270 POCKET FULL OF DENNIS THE MENACE SC $34.95
I believe this is a cleverly-named history rather than bluntly-named smaller-sized edition. I know very little about Dennis The Menace beyond the half-dozen or so stories that surround its creator. Working for Gary Groth beat into my skin what a great artist and generally funny writer Hank Ketcham, and taking my own look at various publications made me realize how many good artists have worked on the feature and its spin-offs over the year.
JUN171635 BORDER WORLDS GN (MR) $29.95
Dover Publications hits one of my own sweet spots with their re-issue -- complete with potential ending -- of Don Simpson's gently swaying science fiction story. I'm glad to see it back as well as its humans-in-the-foreground/wonder-in-the-background mix of visual approaches. I hope someone does a really big interview with creator Don Simpson.
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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