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March 27, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 27, 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.

Arthur #34

Arthur #34
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.

Black Paths

Black Paths
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

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 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)

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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