August 29, 2012
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.
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.
A Chinese Life
by Philippe Otie / Li Kunwu
Set in The People's Republic of China, this epic and intimate graphic novel tells the story of Chairman Mao Zedong as illustrated by China state artist for 30 years, Kurwu.
A History Of Underground Comics
by Mark James Estren
A perfect compendium for getting to know the American underground cartoonists who laid the groundwork for today's alternative comics.
Kirby Genesis Volume 1
by Kurt Busiek / Alex Ross / Jack Herbert
Here Busiek and Ross make a valiant effort, full of gravitas and sci-fi "realism", to try to reclaim the magic of previous collaborations like Kingdom Come and Marvels by fleshing out some of Jack Kirby's lesser-known creations.
by Roman Dirge
A new pretty hardcover collecting Dirge's cute little dead girl's misadventures. Goth-humor.
Message To Adolf Volume 1
by Osamu Tezuka
A literary manga masterpiece - Message To Adolf is an historic suspense story that also shows how German allies, the Japanese, viewed Hitler and also tells the story of Hitler in a clever narrative construction - via 2 other Adolfs.
by Gabriel Winslow-Yost / Michael Rae-Grant
A fun, self-published, brightly colored, off-kilter mini - a psychedelic super hero yarn - with breakfast.
by Homer / Seymour Chwast
Graphic design Chwast has already tackled, with wildly successful results, the Canterbury Tales and the Divine Comedy. In this volume he deftly turns Homer's epic into a succinct and expertly designed graphic novel.
by Gabrielle Bell
Bell delivers a real-time comics memoir covering 5 years of her tumultuous life and travels. Bell is a true autobiographical comics master.
Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail email@example.com. 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.
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