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January 19, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 19, 2011

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.

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.

Atomic Books was recently named one of Bizarre Magazine's 51 geekiest places on the planet, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.

B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Hardcover Collection Volume 1
by Mike Mignola

If you're a fan of Hellboy but haven't explored the rest of his comic universe, this beautiful deluxe collection of the first 3 B.P.R.D. graphic novels is not only a great starting point, but an actually pretty cost effective one.

Denis Kitchen's Chipboard Sketchbook
by Denis Kitchen

This sketchbook of an artist who is primarily known as a publisher is a great follow up to the surprisingly good 2010 release of his aptly titled Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen.

Hellblazer #275
by Peter Milligan / Giuseppe Camuncoli / Stefano Landini

Forget that Keanu Reeves movie, John Constantine is a total supernatural badass. And in this special deluxe issue, he's getting married. When the attendees to your wedding include dignitaries from Heaven and Hell - well, you can't expect to pull the event off without a hitch.

Ice Haven
by Daniel Clowes

Dan Clowes' masterpiece is now in trade paperback form. You don't know how great comics can be until you've read Ice Haven. It reminds me of Sherwood Anderson's novel Winesburg, Ohio.

Rat Catcher
by Andy Diggle / Victor Ibanez

The Rat Catcher is sort of the Keyser Soze of mafia snitches in the witness protection program. A washed up FBI agent has one last chance of catching the Rat Cather if he can navigate this deliciously pulpy game of cat and mouse.

Tank Girl: We Hate Tank Girl
by Alan C. Martin / Rufus Dayglo

A collection of fun Tank Girl one-shots.

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)

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists

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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