June 6, 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.
John K Presents Spumco Comic Book
by John Kricfalusi
Over the years, Ren & Stimpy creator John K. has put out a handful of finely illustrated, weird, disturbing and funny comics. These days they're super hard to find and expensive when you do fine them. So instead of missing out, Yoe Books offers you a chance to check them out in this snappy, hardcover edition. It also includes a previously unpublished comic.
Lone Wolf And Cub Omnibus Volume 1
by Kazuo Koike / Goseki Kojima
Lone Wolf & Cub is one of the greatest, most influential manga series of all-time. Unfortunately, like so many manga series, there are just too many books in the series for most of us to try and read/collect them all. So Dark Horse is repackaging them into these nice multi-volume omnibus editions. Very handy! If only they'd done something about the garish Frank Miller covers too.
Solo: The Deluxe Edition
Solo was a 12-issue series from 2004 where a single comics creator was given the opportunity to tell a single-issue story of a different character in the DC Universe. This is kind of an anomaly for superhero comics, where there is usually a staff of artists working on any given issue (for a variety of reasons). It includes work by Mike Allred, Darwyn Cooke, Richard Corben, Paul Pope, Howard Chaykin, Sergio Aragones, and more. So how did this project turn out? Well, just look at that Mike Allred cover. That says all you need to know.
by Jim Rugg
Supermag is a magazine that showcases the amazingly diverse range of Rugg's illustrative talent. Artwork mixes with comics stories to create a new standard in the comics-magazine format. "Supermag" is a very accurate title for this project.
Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
by Ulli Lust
This brick of a book as Lust's memoir of a 1984 hiking trip through Eurpoe she took when she was a 17-year-old punk. Now translated in English (it was originally in Austrian), this book offers a look at an exciting new wave of European cartoonists.
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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)