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October 30, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - October 30, 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.

Astounding Villain House

Astounding Villain Housev
by Shannon Wheeler

Back in the 90s, Wheeler had a great comic called Too Much Coffee Man - a humorous, alternative take on superhero comics. Since then, he's been sharpening his humor skills largely on one panel, New Yorker-esque gag cartoons. But here he returns to comics and superheroes - well super villains, actually. This set of stories revolves around characters connected to a super villain jail. It's a funny and welcome return to the comic book format. More please.

Batman Volume 3: Death Of The Family

Batman Volume 3: Death Of The Family
by Scott Snyder / Greg Capullo

Last week, I recommended Joker: Death Of The Family - a creepy Batman/Joker horror-tale by Snyder. That was only part of the story. This is the rest. For a limited time, the hardcover comes with an acetate dust jacket so you can enjoy the book with the Joker's face on or off, depending on your preference. There were moments when I was reading this where I literally gasped out loud.

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven And Red Death

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven And Red Death
by Richard Corben / Edgar Allan Poe

Horror master Corben continues his adaptations of horror master Poe, just in time for Halloween.

Heart Of Darkness (Illustrated Edition)

Heart Of Darkness (Illustrated Edition)
by Matt Kish / Joseph Conrad

Kish takes Conrad's masterpiece, and illustrates every page of the book in this beautiful edition of a classic story. Journey deep into the jungle...


by Brian Wood / Ming Doyle

It's the story of a woman in a war and sports obsessed future (that may sound a little like the present to some), who finds herself shunned when she begins to manifest superpowers. Wood's all-ages-friendly story is both epic and a coming of age tale, but the real star here is Doyle's fantastic artwork. I hope we'll be seeing a lot more of it in the future.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (graphic novel)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (graphic novel)
by Ransom Riggs / Cassandra Jean

The acclaimed Y.A. tale of possibly dangerous children exiled to an island and who may or may not be alive gets the graphic novel treatment.

The Night Dad Went to Jail: What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail

The Night Dad Went to Jail: What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail
by Melissa Higgins / Wednesday Kirwan

Since significantly high portions of the men in prison are also fathers, this kids' book, sadly, makes a lot of sense. Warning - while it's totally suitable for children, reading it may make some adults cry. Oh, I'm not saying I did, oh, no, no, no... but... well, you've been warned.

Sandman: Overture #1

Sandman: Overture #1
by Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams

The comics event of the year is here. Gaiman masterfully returns to the character that made him famous with a prequel that explains how Morphius came to be captured. And while it's great to see a comics master return to one of his best creations, it's even better when he's aided by some of the best artwork series has ever seen (by J.H. Williams). This series will run bi-monthly - so 2014 will be a well-paced Year of the Sandman.

Slingshot 2014 Organizers

Slingshot 2014 Organizers
by Slingshot Collective

Well-illustrated, and loaded with important dates, and info lists of radical groups around the globe, the October arrival of the Slingshot Organizers are an annual event for anarchists and radicals everywhere. In convenient pocket and spiral bound formats - the Slingshot screams "go analog!"

Stuff About Sex... For Guys Who Are Not Like, Total Idiots

Stuff About Sex... For Guys Who Are Not Like, Total Idiots
by David Mellon

Mellon is here to talk about sex with the kids so we don't have to. This guide does not come at the topic from the typical Sex Ed./biological perspective that some kids who go to better schools are still lucky enough to be informed about, but instead it focuses on behavior, attitudes, and psychology - you know, the things people never tell you.

Uzumaki Deluxe Edition

Uzumaki Deluxe Edition
by Junji Ito

Few things are as creepy as good Japanese horror. This edition collects the hard to find three volumes of Uzumaki into one convenient hardbound edition. The fate of a foggy coastal town in Japan awaits...

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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