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May 30, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 30th, 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.

Baltimore Volume 2: The Curse Bells
by Mike Mignola / Christopher Golden / Ben Stenbeck

Collecting Mignola's last Baltimore mini-series into one nice volume. This story arc involves vampire nuns and a twisted warlock terrorizing a small European town. Maybe it's an allegory for European Union austerity cuts?

Batman: Death by Design
by Chip Kidd / Dave Taylor

It's no secret that one of the most famous graphic designers in the world is a huge Batman fan. Here Kidd turns in an original graphic novel that weaves design and noir into a Gotham building boom that has a problem with actually going "boom". Oh yeah, and the book is beautiful example of design-work to boot.

The City Troll
by Aaron Whitaker

A surreal comic that tackles very real issues like self-loathing, self-pity, jealousy and more.

The Graphic Canon Volume 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons
by Russ Kick (editor)

As far back as Classics Illustrated, cartoonists have been tackling and interpreting great literature into comics form. This is the first of a massive undertaking of a trilogy, compiling large omnibuses of comics versions of classic literature by a host of legendary artists.

Henry And Glenn Forever And Ever #1
by Igloo Tornado / various

The stand-alone comic that followed the exploits of domestic partners Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins was so popular, it gets its own comic series. These all-new stories of the self-humorless icons' misadventures really beg the question - what do we have to do to get this as a reality show?

Ritual #1
by Malachi Ward

A young couple faces cohabitation issues of the supernatural kind. It's a creepy tale with great art and a wonderful use of shadows and light.

Starman Omnibus Volume 1

by James Robinson / Tony Harris / Wade Von Grawbadger

James Robinson's Starman series is one of the most underrated superhero comics series. It's sort of like superhero revisionism-light. A reluctant everyman is obliged to carry the mantle of his father and protect his city. This edition is new in paperback.

Wonder Woman Volume 1
by Brian Azzarello / Cliff Chiang

One of the successes from DC comics "New 52" reboot is Azzarello's revamp of the Amazonian princess. The series reads like two-fisted Greek horror.

Zombies: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics
by Craig Yoe

If you can't get your fill of 1950s, controversial horror comics - you know, the ones that were such a threat to American youth there needed to be a congressional hearing about them, then here is another exquisitely Yoe-edited collection to fill your delinquent mind with bad ideas.

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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