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February 10, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 10th, 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.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Camille Rose Garcia)
by Camille Rose Garcia / Lewis Carroll

Camille Rose Garcia lends her magical brand of pop-surrealist art to illustrate this gorgeous hardcover edition of the Lewis Carroll classic.

From The Ashes Volume 1
by Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman goofs on both the autobiographic and post-apocalyptic comic genres to create a fun speculative yarn - well, “fun” in that the gaseous head of Bill O'Reilly becomes a Modok-like leader of the survivors.

Hellblazer: Pandemonium
by Jamie Delano / Jock

Okay, if you've seen the Keanu Reeves movie Constantine, forget it. Just pretend like it never happened. This Alan Moore creation is one of the best comic characters ever, and the comic version could easily eat Reeves' film version for breakfast. Twice. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Constantine's first appearance, Jamie Delano returns to the character he helped define (as the original series writer) for this Vertigo original graphic novel. This horror story leads Constantine through a modern Iraq - which proves to be just as horrible as any supernatural encounter he's ever had.

Mesmo Delivery
by Rafael Grampa

Okay, mix in an ex-boxer, an Elvis impersonator and a bunch of drunks and you get an action-packed, wild ride of a story. But the real star here is Grampa's hyper-dynamic art. Seriously, Mesmo Delivery is a tour-de-force by an exciting emerging talent.

Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s
by Michael Dowers (editor)

This comics treasure chest will go a long way in making sure that many of these comics gems will not be of the forgotten variety. Newave! focuses on the second wave (post-Crumb) of underground cartoonists from the late-70s through the '80s who relied on photocopying machines to mass produce their art. This is a revelatory 800+ page compendium of comics.

World War 3 Illustrated #40: What We Want
by Seth Tobocman (editor)

If you like our comics to mean something, World War 3 Illustrated is what you're looking for - the premier journal for political and propagandistic comics. This issue is loaded with proposals for the future to make the world a better place. Think of it as sort of a MAD Magazine for the politically concerned. And let’s face it, today, that’s most people.

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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