March 27, 2013
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.
by Jay Babcock (editor)
Arthur's existence is an act of defiance for those who foolishly like to proclaim the death of the newspaper. Sure Arthur has the great Thurston Moore/Byron Coley column "Bull Tongue," and yes it has excellent coverage of interesting topics from psyche rock to video games, from home-brewing to anarcho-occultism - but it also has a comics section, boasting work by people like Jonny Negron, Lale Westvind, Vanessa Davis and more. Newspapers are dead? No. Newspapers like Arthur are the future.
by David B.
David B. uses a fascinating piece of history - pirate king Gabriele d’Annunzio's taking of and rule over the Adriatic port city of Fiume after World War I - as the setting for a post-war love story between a singer and an afflicted veteran. David B.'s art has always been remarkably well-stylized, but Black Paths is some of the best work I've seen from him yet.
Judge Dredd: Origins
by John Wagner / Carlos Ezquerra / Kev Walker
If, like me, you found yourself watching the 2012 film Dredd because friends kept comparing it to The Raid: Redemption (a movie I liked a lot) so you just had to see for yourself if it was any good, and then you realized while it wasn't as good as The Raid it wasn't as terrible as you thought, and then you found yourself in the mood to get into some more Judge Dredd stuff, check out Origins. This book gives a lot of backstory (who America came to be in a wasteland, how Dredd came to be Dredd, etc.) and helps scratch an itch left by a mediocre Dredd movie.
Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)
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)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)