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April 28, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 28, 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, and his comic Said What? is syndicated weekly in the Baltimore Sun's B-Paper

Blazing Combat
by Archie Goodwin

Time to get yer war on! This softcover collects the Warren comics magazine of the same name and boasts art by Gene Colan, Frank Frazetta, John Severin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Russ Heath, Reed Crandall, and Wally Wood.

City of Spies
by Susan Kim / Laurence Klavan / Pascal Dizin

This all-ages, World War 2 spy yarn has a fun Tintin vibe.

Ode To Kirihito Part 1
Ode To Kirihito Part 2
by Osamu Tezuka

The godfather of manga created this epic tale (rumored to be one of his own favorites) of medical intrigue, disease, corruption and the nature of acceptance. One of Tezuka's most complex works, Ode to Kirihito used to exist in once nice, large, brick-sized tome. Inexplicably, Vertical, the publisher, decided to split the handy one volume into two. Regardless, it is still very much worth reading – a master at the top of his game, experimenting with themes and ideas.

Super Spy Volume 2: The Lost Dossiers
by Matt Kindt

Created as a supplement to his original graphic novel, Super Spy, The Lost Dossiers has so many interactive features it feels like a spy activity book.

by Daniel Clowes

The most anticipated graphic novel in five years! Dan Clowes’ return to comics is a collection of one page “gag” strips with wildly varying styles (all of which Clowes masters with such seeming effortless ease it fills me with jealous envy and awe) which tells a larger story of Wilson. Rachel describes him as a grown-up, psychotic Charlie Brown, and he his – complete with severe narcissism and a disturbing propensity for making a lot of very bad decisions. Seriously, run, don’t walk, to pick up a copy.

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)
Benn Ray's comic, Said What?

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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