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March 14, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 14th, 2012

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 has been 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.

Art Of Molly Crabapple Volume 1: Week In Hell
by Molly Crabapple

One person's hell is another person's heaven. Molly, she of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School fame, locked herself in a hotel room for a week, covered the walls in paper, and drew and drew and drew. Great concept - and this book documents the results.

Batman: Year One (Deluxe Edition)
by Frank Miller / David Mazzuccelli / Chip Kidd

This is one of those handful of landmark Batman titles - like The Dark Knight Returns, Arkham Asylum and The Killing Joke. It's the perfect tonic for those looking to wash out the bad taste Frank Miller's Holy Terror left in their mouth. Chip Kidd's impeccable design adds to the much-deserved deluxe treatment this story of Batman's first year as a crime fighter gets.

Bunny in the Moon: The Art of Tara McPherson Volume 3
by by Tara McPherson

Pop surrealist master McPherson returns with a third collection of glow-in-the-dark covered compilation of her most recent mythology-informed work.

Corto Maltese Volume 1: The Ballad Of The Salt Sea
by Hugo Pratt/strong>

This internationally famous adventure tale from 1967 is seeing a new release which will hopefully bring it to wider American audience. Now's the chance to introduce yourself to a popular European character and a true illustration master.

Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 1
by various

This collection of pre-Code crime is chock full o' the good stuff - true crime tales so brutal - adults in the mid-twentieth century actually came to believe they could cause juvenile delinquency.

DC Universe By Alan Moore
by Alan Moore

Back in the day, comics genius Alan Moore used to work established superhero characters - redefining our expectations of what good comics writing in a popular genre could be. The work he did for DC Comics, for example, has been milked for decades for every shred of a good idea. This nice hardcover collects a bunch of Moore's DC superhero stories - Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and more and proudly displays what good superhero comic book writing looks like.

Object 5
by Kilian Eng

Meet Swedish artist Kilian Eng. This full color monograph collects three years worth of beautiful illustrations.

Showcase Presents Young Love Volume 1
by various

It's over 500 pages of romance comics. What more do you need?

Sunday Funnies Collected Volume 1
by Russ Cochran (editor)

Sunday Funnies delivers Sunday paper-sized pack of newspaper funnies, with vintage cartoons like Krazy Kate, Hogan's Alley, Alley Oop and more.

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 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)

the list of online "best books of 2011" 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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