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August 22, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 22nd, 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.

Prophet Volume 1: Remission
by Brandon Graham / various

The always-interesting Brandon Graham revives the Prophet series with results that both transcend the genre and bring to mind classic Heavy Metal comics. Graham's Prophet is sci-fi as as sci-fi should be done.

Swamp Thing Volume 1: Raise Them Bones
by Scott Snyder / Yanick Paquette

Admittedly - it takes a deft writer to handle DC's Swamp god. Alan Moore did what I consider his best work with the character. But other writers have tackled the tragic-horror of Alec Holland with varying results. Snyder's Swamp Thing is a much welcome marrying of the character to stories you'd want to read, stories that are actually worthy of the character. This was one of the better results of DC Comics' New 52 Reboot, and it makes the gripes of so many fanboys worth suffering. In other words, Swamp Thing is back!

The Invisibles Omnibus
by Grant Morrison / Various

Morrison is at the peak of his skills here - and this huge omnibus (collecting the 7 volume series) is a frenzied, psychedelic paranoid fever, displayed in bright colors. It's comics canon, and this is, to date, the best way to get the series.

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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