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February 3, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 3rd, 2010

In the Atomic Books 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. The Mobtown Shank is his blog.

Barefoot Gen Volume 9: Breaking Down Borders
by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen Volume 10: Never Give Up
by Keiji Nakazawa

These are the final two installments in Keiji’s 10-part manga saga based on his own experiences of being a 7 year old boy when the U.S. dropped the bomb on his town, Hiroshima and surviving in the post-bomb era (because the damage of dropping the nuclear bomb didn’t end with World War 2). Heart-wrenching. Riveting. Oh, and here’s an easy way to tell if what your about to read is going to be great: If two of the back cover blurbs are from Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman – the chances are very good that what’s inside the cover is worth your time. Both Crumb and Spiegelman like this series.

Between the Lines: Volume 2 A Coloring Book of Drawings
by RxArt, Inc.

Okay, so this isn’t a comic book, it’s a coloring book. But is still boasts awesome illustrations – that you get to color in! Oooh… interactive! “Complete” works by Marcel Dzama, Ben Jones, KAWS, Takashi Murakami, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Ruscha, and many more! This might just be the coolest coloring book ever.

Dark Tower: Fall Of Gilead
by Robin Furth / Peter David / Richard Isanove / Stephen King

Is it just me, or does Stephen King seem to be far more prolific since he retired? Marvel continues its interesting adaptation of King’s Gunslinger series with this volume, collecting the “Fall of Gilead” story (and The Sorcerer).

Demo Volume 2 #1
by Brian Wood / Becky Cloonan

Brian Wood kicks off his follow-up to his quirky Demo in this new 6-issue Vertigo mini-series. Each issue is a stand alone story. And this one involves a sleep-deprived woman trying to prevent a horrible accident.

Fables Volume 13: The Great Fables Crossover
by Bill Willingham / Matthew Sturges / Russ Braun / Mark Buckingham

One of the most popular Vertigo comics series continues with this trade collecting the big Fables crossover event between the Fables series and The Literals as Jack warns Fabletown of the oncoming threat that the Literals pose. For those who aren’t familiar with the Fables series, basically just imagine if fairy tale characters were real, and secretly lived among us. That’s the short-version premise.

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.

Atomic Books & Benn Ray links:

Atomic Books website
Atomic Books blog
Atomic Books on Twitter
Atomic Books on Facebook
Benn Ray's blog (The Mobtown Shank)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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