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April 11, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 11th, 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.

Batman Incorporated Volume 1
by Grant Morrison / Yanick Paquette

This short-lived but well-regarded pre-New 52 series has Bruce Wayne outing himself as Batman and building a transgloblal Batman team.

Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs
by Andrew Chambliss / Maurissa Tancharoen / Jed Whedon

Joss Whedon's Dollhouse TV show got the axe in typical FOX fashion, too early. Like his other failed Fox show Firefly, network execs pulled the plug just as the show was finding its feet and getting good. Well, if you didn't get enough Dollhouse in your life, this graphic novel continues the fun.

Freedom #1
by Seamus Heffernan

The first installment of an excellently illustrated Revolutionary War yarn. This is one of my favorite new books that has left me anxiously awaiting Freedom #2. Freedom is ripe with potential.

Pete And Miriam
by Rich Tommaso

Dan Clowes is a modern comics master. But it's not like he releases a comic every month, so that leaves many of us fans jonesing for more. Rich Tommaso shows he is a master at channeling Clowes. For example, Clowes made an excellent comic about Art School that was turned into a disappointing movie, Art School Confidential. Tommaso turns Film School into comics. In Clowes' Ghost World, Enid and Becky search for excitement in their suburban setting, here Pete and Miriam explore the confines of their suburbia. Part of the fun of Pete and Miriam is making your very own Clowes connections.

Soft Candy: The Girls Of Danni Shinya Luo
by Danni Shinya Luo

This is not a comic, it's an art book of gorgeous illustrations. These takes on the feminine form are alluring and lush.

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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