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November 20, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - November 19, 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.


by Farel Dalrymple

Every time I see Dalrymple's art, I always wish I could see it more frequently than I do. Well, now I can, thanks to this finely designed collection of art, comics shorts and more, published by AdHouse.

Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story
by Vivek J. Tiwary / Andrew Robinson / Kyle Baker

Everyone from George Martin to Billy Preston to Eric Clapton to Stuart Sutcliffe to Pete Best has been called the fifth Beatle. In fact, now that I think of it, I'm pretty sure someone once called me the fifth Beatle. Regardless, a solid argument can be made for the Beatles' legendary manager, Epstein to hold the number 5 slot - Paul McCartney once said, "If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian." It was shortly after his tragic, early death that the Beatles started to come apart as a band. This book tells Brian's story, dealing with his personal struggles. The art here has a both era-styled and remarkably modern painterly vibe to it that makes it worth of the the subject matter.

Night Watch Zine #3

Night Watch Zine #3
by Tallboy / Krusty

With each new issue of this DIY illustration zine, it moves higher and higher in my list of favorites. Sure there's some writing here and there, but what Night Watch excels at is compiling a collection of monster artwork.

Nowhere Men Volume 1: Fates Worse Than Death

Nowhere Men Volume 1: Fates Worse Than Death
by Eric Stephenson / Nate Bellegarde / Jordie Bellaire

Collecting the first few issues of the hit series, Nowhere Men Vol.1 presents a Beatles-esque romp, but with a science hook.

Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013

Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013
by Trina Robbins

Robbins is pretty well known for doing these "Women in comics" type books over the years. But this larger-sized format, with bright colors really makes this much more than a simple updating of a years old exercise.

X-Men Volume 1: Primer

X-Men Volume 1: Primer
by Brian Wood / Olivier Coipel / David Lopez

This volume collects the first issues of Wood's new X-Men series - focusing on a team of all-female X-Men, takin' care of business. Wood makes picking up an X-Men comic interesting and fun again.

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)

Online "Best of 2013" Book 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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