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April 4, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 4th, 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.

by Noah Van Sciver

Modern comics genius Van Sciver delivers a dark and intense Y2K tale in this Retrocomics one-shot. 1999 wraps up the 90s nicely - with an under-achieving slacker, tawdry sandwich shop sex, obsessiveness and a dangerous flower pen.

American Barbarian
by Tom Scioli

Collecting Scioli's webcomics- a full color, Jack Kirby-esque post-apocalyptic yarn - think Conan the Barbarian as Captain America. Or maybe vice versa.

Fafi: The Carmine Vault
by Fafi

Fafi brings a street art approach to her new graphic novel - and the result is somewhere between pop and high art.

Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery
by Grant Morrison / Frank Quitely

When he isn't busy feeling intimidated by beloved literary/alternative cartoonists of substance like Chris Ware, Grant Morrison can, on occasion, deliver a psychedelic whirlwind of genre-storytelling - sort of like a younger, less hirsute brother to Alan Moore. And Flex Mentallo shows Morrison at his most creative - dealing with an oddball Doom Patrol hero.

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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