June 23, 2010
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.
by Megan Kelso
For her first new book in years, Megan Kelso creates a generations-spanning epic about a family caught up in a civil war. Beautiful, expansive, lyrical – Artichoke Tales makes me realize how much I’ve missed Megan Kelso.
Batman: Arkham Asylum Madness
by Sam Kieth
If you’re a Batman fan, when you hear the name “Arkham” you gasp in joyful, anticipatory fear. It’s the asylum that houses most of Batman’s foes – those who aren’t on the loose, that is. Here, The Maxx-creator Kieth presents this original tale that requires the reader to spend 24 hours in Arkham. Arkham + Kieth = insane horror!
The Book Of Mr. Natural
by Robert Crumb
Did reading R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis leave you now craving more? The Book of Mr. Natural is your natural (heh-heh) next step. These stories all feature one of Crumb’s most famous characters and cover everything from his more free-form ‘70s comics through his more controversial ‘90s comics.
JAM! Tales From the World of Roller Derby
Several years after roller derby officially made its comeback, the sport is going stronger than ever. And let’s face it, roller girls make for great ready-made comic book characters – great names, catchy costumes, they look good while kicking ass – etc. So this comic anthology, collecting tales from the world of derby and having them drawn by comic artists, is just the thing to fix your derby habit between seasons. Oh, and go Charm City Roller Girls!
The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century
by Frank Miller / Dave Gibbons
Martha Washington is a freedom fighter for the 21st century! Hey, that’s our century! Well, Frank and Dave have been at this epic for almost 20 years, so you can forgive them if our now doesn’t look as much like their future as they envisioned it. But then, Martha does fight in the second American Civil War, and we do have the rise of secessionist and militia numbskulls, so perhaps Frank and Dave are more prophetic than fantastic. But oh yeah, she does go to space so there’s the fantastic too. This 600 page epic contains the complete Martha Washington story.
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.
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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)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)