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January 6, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 6th, 2010

The new year brings a new weekly series to Largehearted Boy.

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.

Big Questions #13
by Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen's comics are beautifully rendered and profoundly philosophical. In this issue, the birds that are the protagonists of the story explore in interior of a plane that they are understandably curious about.

Blammo #5
by Noah Van Sciver

I freely admit it, I am a HUGE Noah Van Sciver enthusiast. He's one of the best young cartoonists working, and fortunately for us, he's crazy prolific too. When this comic arrived, it totally made my day - just like single-issue alternative funnybooks used to do, back when they existed. His humor is self-deprecating, his style is a grittier Peter Bagge (sans the libertarian stuff) and his approach is total '90s comic. Blammo is an ongoing endeavor collecting a series of funny, weird, depressing and bizarre stories (the "Chicken Strips" stuff is just plain weird).

Shutter Island
by Dennis Lehane / Christian De Metter

This comic adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s (Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone) novels features moody color art by the internationally acclaimed Christian De Metter. US Marshals are sent to an island that is inhabited by an escaped serial killer as an intense hurricane moves in. Paranoia and mystery abound. Soon to be a Martin Scorsese film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.
by Dash Shaw

I am endlessly impressed and awed by the work of Dash Shaw. He seems to be constantly experimenting with the comics medium as much as he is with his own style and voice, and with someone as talented as he is, it’s just fascinating to follow. This book collects some of his more recent works from the Mome comics anthology as well as material from his charming animated shorts.

The Walking Dead Volume 11: The Fear Hunters
by Robert Kirkman / Charlie Adlard / Cliff Rathburn

The world of Walking Dead is a great place to visit, but I’d hate to live there – seeing as how it’s all zombie-infested and stuff. But worse than the zombies are the “survivors” – who are the real “walking dead”. In this volume they try to make it to Washington DC because, well, when the apocalypse comes, civilization collapses and you’re left alive, what else are you going to do? Hang out on the beach? This volume collects issues from the ongoing monthly series.

Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – 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 Comics Preview lists (new comics & graphic novel highlights)

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
online "best of 2009" book lists
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks

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