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May 2, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 2nd, 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.

Animal Man Volume 1: The Hunt
by Jeff Lemire / Travel Foreman / Jeff Huett / John Paul Leon

So DC's New 52 has been going on for long enough for the comics to start being collected into trades. One of the best revamps is Jeff Lemire's take on Animal Man. Check out what you've missed - in this case an interesting mesh of horror and superhero.

Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg
by Arne Bellstorf

This graphic novel looks at the early years of the Beatles, when Stuart Sutcliffe was in the band and then left for love and art. Based on a true story, and lushly illustrated.

Fallen Words
by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

When people ask me about Tatsumi's work, I usually describe him as the Charles Bukowski of the literary manga movement. Here is a collection of eight stories, each illustrating his profound understanding of the human condition.

Kiki De Montparnasse
by Jose-Luis Bocquet / Catel Muller

De Monteparnasse was Man Ray's partner. This biography not only beautifully tells the story of a truly emancipated woman, it also wonderfully captures the bohemian 20s.

Spirit World
by Jack Kirby

When comics legend Kirby left Marvel and went to DC, he created these strange occult comics before creating the famous Fourth World pantheon. A bizarre obscurity from a comics legend.

The Complete Talamaroo
by Alabaster

This handmade book collects all all 3 of Alabaster's Talamaroo comics into a wholly adorable, limited edition book.

Trubble Club #5
by various

This newspaper comic is actually pretty cool. Each strip in the paper has a panel done by a different comic artist, sort of making it up as they go along, jam/exquisite corpse-style. In the hands of lesser talents, this sort of thing often results in little more than a gratuitous exercise - but here, the results are a collection of truly fascinating strips, each more enjoyable than the last. Featuring work by Nate Beaty, Laura Park, Rachel Niffenegger, Lilli Carré, Corinne Mucha, Jeffrey Brown, Craig Thompson, and many 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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