January 20, 2010
In the Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights several new comics and graphic novels released this week.
Black Jack Volume 9
by Osamu Tezuka
One of the godfather of manga's masterworks, from the '70s, is now collected and released in a beautiful modern (but still non-flipped Japanse) format. And it's a medical drama! Black Jack collects smaller, episodic tales that are based on Tezuka's own knowledge as a physician. As with everything Tezuka did, the details are mesmerizing.
Joe The Barbarian #1
by Grant Morrison / Sean Murphy
The first installment of a new Vertigo 8-issue mini-series by master writer Grant Morrison. Joe has a lot of problems - in fact, Grant Morrison throws everything but the kitchen sink at this kid - he doesn't fit in at school, his dad was killed in Iraq and oh yeah, he has diabetes. But he also has an overactive imagination. And this leads him to a faraway land inhabited by his toys where he fights for their freedom from a nefarious oppressive force. Or perhaps he just needs to take his meds.
Oishinbo: Izakaya Pub Food
by Tetsu Kariya / Akira Hanasaki
If you consider yourself, in any way, a “foodie” (there has got to be a better word for this), you have to check out this manga series that explores the world of cooking and food in Japan. This volume (so far, this is the seventh released in America) focuses on Japanese-style pub food like edamame and yakitori. Funny, informative and wonderfully illustrated. If only it came with a food sampler…
Thirteen Going On Eighteen (The John Stanley Library)
by John Stanley
A gorgeous archival collection of John Stanley’s teen comics from the ‘60s. Stripped down and darkly satirical, Stanley delivers one part character study, one part sit-come and a lot of laughs.
Young Liars Vol. 3: Rock Life
by David Lapham
The final volume collecting David Lapham’s short-lived urban rock/scenester Vertigo series. Nothing is as it seems, and the breakneck adventures may not be real. Lapham has a gift for action, and in Young Liars, he lets it all loose.
Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
52 Books, 52 Weeks