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January 15, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 15, 2014

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.

Believed Behavior Anthology Season 1

Believed Behavior Anthology Season 1
by various

For fans of ink on newsprint (some argue this is how comics were meant to be made), here is Believed Behavior - a new comics anthology paper featuring work by Andy Burkholder, Krystal DiFronzo, Edie Fake, Grant Reynolds and Jeremy Tinder.

Black Dynamite #1

Black Dynamite #1
by Brian Ash / Sal Buscema / Ron Wimberly

Time to get your blaxploitation on! This issue marks the beginning of the much anticipated comics mini-series based on the Adult Swim cartoon and the 2009 movie.

Creature Commandos

Creature Commandos
by J. M. DeMatteis / Pat Broderick / Various

When I was a kid, I loved DC's Weird War Tales, and why wouldn't I? Horror/Twilight Zone stories mashed-up into war comics? Still sounds great to me. One of my favorite stories was Creature Commandos - a team of monsters brought together to help kill Nazis - a Frankenstein, a Dracula, a werewolf and even a Medusa. So crazy. So awesome.

Minimum Wage #1

Minimum Wage #1
by Bob Fingerman

Back in the '90s I worked for a comics magazine, and Bob Fingerman's excellent Minimum Wage was a comic me and my colleague/friend Joe both pushed. In the context of '90s alterna-comics, we didn't understand why more people didn't read the story of struggling smut cartoonist Rob, his bride Sylvia (never really liked her) and his friends. Well, it's now almost 15 years later, (in the comic it's like 5 years later - although the characters look like it's 20 years later) and we rejoin Rob as he tries to pick up the shattered pieces of his life in a world that is rapidly changing around him. Fingerman's art is better than ever, and the return of Minimum Wage is like some friends who moved away years ago moving back to your neighborhood. I'm happy to have them around again.

Miracleman #1

Miracleman #1
by Mick Anglo / various

Marvel's second attempt at rebooting and introducing this cult British character to sooperhero comics readers when anyone interested in this series just want to read the Alan Moore run and the finally-completed Neil Gaiman run (it's coming). Odds are low that Marvel is going to be able to continue to do cool things with this Shazam knock-off, but it doesn't stop fans from hoping excitedly.

Rio: Complete Collection

Rio: Complete Collection
by Doug Wildey

Wow. Just wow. Wildey's comic epic western comic - but the art here is simply stunning - unlike anything you'll find in comics today. Just a beautiful western comic. You can't thumb through this and not immediately be drawn in by the art.

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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