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January 13, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 13th, 2010

In the Atomics Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights several new comics and graphic novels released this week.

Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. His blog is The Mobtown Shank.

Boris Karloff: Tales of Mystery Archives Volume 2
by various

Once upon a time (let’s say late ‘60s – mid-‘80s), horror legend Boris Karloff posthumously “hosted” a comics anthology that melded together suspense, crime and horror stories. A fun, nostalgic and somewhat quirky second collection of vintage comic tales from decades ago.

Creepy Archives Vol. 5
by various

Another gorgeous collection of old Creepy comics. Often overshadowed by the older and more famous and groundbreaking Tales from The Crypt, Creepy was a comics horror anthology that ran from the ‘60s to the ‘80s (and was excellently rebooted with new stories in 2009 by Dark Horse Comics). Creepy contains classic horror stories that boast the work of talents like Steve Ditko, Reed Crandall, Alex Toth and more.

Dead Romeo
by Jesse Blaze Snider / Ryan Benjamin

Written by Jesse Blaze Snider (the son of Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider), Dead Romeo finds the lead singer of ‘80s band The Dead Romeos sent to hell and back with a devil’s bargain: he can kill his love and be released from eternal damnation or he can protect her and burn forever. Vampires are also tossed in the mix for good measure.

Human Target: Chance Meetings
by Peter Milligan / Edvin Biukovic / Javier Pulido

This title is about to debut as a TV show on FOX, but check out the comic first (just so you can roll your eyes and say “Why’d they have to change that?!”). Christopher Chance has a talent for impersonating people, but things don’t always go as planned. A fun and intriguing adventure with twists abound.

Lola: A Ghost Story
by J. Torres / Elbert Or

Once upon a time, Jesse's grandmother used her special "abilities" - visions - to help the people of the Philippine countryside. After she dies, Jesse must come to terms with his own ghosts (and abilities) that await and frighten him. A beautiful, quiet and effective horror story.

Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail If there’s a comic I should know about, send it my way at Atomic, c/o Atomic Books 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211.

also at Largehearted Boy:

other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
online "best of 2009" book lists
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks

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