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February 6, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 6, 2013

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.

Police Log Comics #1

Police Log Comics #1
by Owen Cook

A well-written police log in a local paper can be a thing of poetry. And, depending on where you live, the content and tone of these crime reports can vary wildly. For example, I live in Baltimore. The police log here is very different than Carmel, CA. While ours looks more like The Wire, the Carmel log that Cook turns into a comic strip looks more like something from The Prisoner. Ingenious.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Volume 2

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Volume 2
by Michael Kupperman

Kupperman is one of the funniest comic book creators today. This new collection backs up that claim. It features the return of Twain and Einstein, solving more crimes, and a sequel to Reservoir Dogs. A snappy hardcover in sharp color. And loaded with laffs.

Those Fcking Unicorns

Those Fucking Unicorns
by Sy Wagon

Warning: take the title of this mini comic literally. I love mini comics where someone expertly executes a simple idea (Sad Animals, Girls Don't Poop, etc.) and this comic does just that. It's 16 pages of hot, male-on-male unicorn action. Happy Valentine's Day!

Young Romance: The New 52 Valentine's Day Special

Young Romance: The New 52 Valentine's Day Special
by Various

And speaking of Valentine's Day, here's a fun, special DC Comics New 52 superhero romance comic. Wonder Woman works on her feelings for Superman, Catwoman makes a play for Batman, Aquaman shows us how an aquatic king treats his queen, and more! It even includes a bunch of Valentine's Cards in the back to clip and give. My favorites are the Batman and the Swamp Thing cards.

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 2012" 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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