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October 13, 2015


This Isn’t A Library: 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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AUG151390 KILLING & DYING HC $22.95
This is the collection of major comics from the last three Optic Nerve comics, a way of reading them the first or keeping them for all time that I'm sure between the two describes a healthy audience. I remember recent individual issues of the series being quite strong in a way I was looking forward to settling into them later on. I'll have my chance. I can already see the CAB line.

imageAUG150282 TWILIGHT CHILDREN #1 (MR) $4.99
AUG150008 ABE SAPIEN #27 $3.50
MAY150536 EAST OF WEST #21 $3.50
AUG150513 PHONOGRAM THE IMMATERIAL GIRL #3 (MR) $3.99
JUN150555 SEX CRIMINALS #13 (MR) $3.50
AUG150519 WALKING DEAD #147 (MR) $2.99
AUG151256 ADVENTURE TIME #45 $3.99
AUG150521 WICKED & DIVINE #15 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.50
A bunch of serial reads of note -- typical for its sprinkling of Mignola and smart cartoon adaptation into a mix of positively-selling Image serials. The difference this time around is Twilight Children #1, a must-see serial for a) what Vertigo has on the line with this new run of serials and for the powerful team-up of two of comics' great modern iconoclasts: Darwyn Cooke and Gilbert Hernandez. I'm greatly looking forward to that one, and looking even more forward to how it might look at issue #5 or so.

JUN150305 GRAPHIC INK THE DC COMICS ART OF DARWYN COOKE HC $39.99
This is more Darwyn Cooke -- more to the point, this is a lot of Darwyn Cooke. If I remember how these books work, there are standard art-book aspects but they also just flat run some of the artist's not-as-collected work from the publisher's output. In Cooke's case, that's some very good work, particularly on the Jonah Hex character, that a lot of people may not have seen. DC has been treating Cooke really well as a publishing ally in recent months, which isn't always their reputation. I'm all for people being treated as well as possible, particularly talented people.

JUL150320 SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 02 $14.99
I don't know why the Wonder Woman character doesn't work in that foundational way that Superman and Batman do. She has pretty lousy villains; that may contribute. A lot of her comics feel like positioning exercises than compelling narratives and attempts over the last three decades to recontextualize her in a way she has agency always seem to bring in so much backstory that it makes it hard for her to fulfill a role in the wider DC Universe the way the two big male characters do. I am curious as to whether or not there may just be some character exhaustion there, the way i feel there has been the last five years with the Fantastic Four concept. These comics were about as good as that character's been in the last five years.

AUG150514 SATELLITE SAM OMNIBUS DLX HC (MR) $44.99
This is the first chunk of a likely two-chunk run of Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin on early television as seen through what seems mostly Chaykin's perspective on how adults run things. I had a lot of fun with the series, although I'm totally happy with owning it in comic book form. I'm happy that they thought enough of their audience that this kind of edition is possible. I bet it flatters Chaykin's art here, just as I bet reading it all at once is vastly different experience than getting it in serial form.

JUL151095 PEANUTS A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M SCHULZ HC $34.99
I have zero interest in the forthcoming film and even less in what I'm sure are very well-crafted and lovingly made Peanuts comic book of recent vintage, but I have a soft spot for tribute comics and ask only that they're done with serious intent to say something about the subject matter as opposed to assembling elements with which one then takes a creative selfie. It's a good line-up here; I'm going to at least check it on the store.

JUL158516 PIPPI LONGSTOCKING STRONGEST IN THE WORLD GN $19.95
AUG151389 ANNA & FROGA FORE HC $14.95
AUG151624 PABLO & JANE AND HOT AIR CONTRAPTION HC $19.95
Three new -- well, newly presented in the case of the first two -- works that scratch that satisfying itch for high-end idiosyncratic all-ages material. The Anna & Frogra material I just enjoy straight-up, no thought to its age-intentions, however they might exist. There's something about relatively subtle-in=severity personalities brought to bear against one another that's so satisfying I could read 10,000 pages.

AUG151567 BOUNCER HC (MR) $44.95
This is a giant collection from the western series by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Francois Boucq and that information all by itself is more than deserving of a pull of the shelf and thorough look. It is thoroughly handsome-looking, that's for sure.

AUG151490 BATTLING BOY FALL OF HOUSE OF WEST GN $9.99
This is JT Petty and David Rubin working with and in the world created by Paul Pope for his Battling Boy series; I missed the first of the Aurora West character books but I know it was well-received and that this book is anticipated more than it is tolerated by its fan base. You can't beat that price.

JUN150093 CRIME DOES NOT PAY ARCHIVES HC VOL 10 $49.99
JUL150512 HAUNTED HORROR HC VOL 03 PRE CODE COMICS SO GOOD THEYRE SCAR $24.99
JUN150036 BIG GUY & RUSTY BOY ROBOT HC SECOND ED $19.99
JUN150101 LONE WOLF & CUB OMNIBUS TP VOL 10 $19.99
JUL150965 BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS 75 YEARS 75 STORIES TP $14.99
UL151200 LUCKY LUKE TP VOL 54 RODEO $15.95
JUN150299 BATMAN YEAR 100 DLX ED HC $29.99
MAR151563 JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #50 KIRBY FIVE OH NEW PTG $24.95
JUL151818 MAD SPY VS SPY AN EXPLOSIVE CELEBRATION $24.95
That is a staggering amount of material that would be an excellent citizen of any comics reader's one-bookshelf comics collection, particularly if you use one edition of a good series -- like the Kazuo Koike/Goseki Kojima work -- and extend that out into however many volumes that series bears. You could fill a room, and it's amazing that all this stuff should show up as new comics listings.

JUN150027 TWO BROTHERS HC $24.99
I have two brothers with whom I occasionally fight, and Have long been interested in the idea of a family member being sent off due to disharmony within the group and then being asked to return to the fold as an adult some years later. That should never work. I'm also enough of a fan of the creators Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá that I'd pick this up sight unseen. I always like how they make use of their creative and popular capital.

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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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