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January 23, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 23, 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.

Henry And Glenn Forever And Ever #4

Henry And Glenn Forever And Ever #4
by Tom Neely (editor)

This is it! The final installment in the Henry And Glenn series - and they brought the heavy hitters - Tom Neely, Keenan Marshall Keller (where things get galactic), Noah Van Sciver (adapting his now-classic Punks vs. Lizards strip to Henry & Glenn Vs. Lizards) and Johnny Ryan closing things out by setting up a possible spin-off series with Mark And Gary (as in Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh and Gary Numan). A fittingly smashing ending for the hit series.

Mould Map #3

Mould Map #3
by Hugh Frost (editor) / Leon Sadler (editor)

When you hear people make anthology comparisons to Kramers Ergot (arguably the gold standard of modern art comics anthologies), well, it's rarely accurate and it's even more rare that the title being compared fares well in the comparison. So I was skeptical when I heard someone call Mould Map the UK Kramers Ergot - but looking at this package that is #3, I have to say that we might just be looking at the new gold standard of modern art comics anthologies. There is so much here - posters, minis, and of course the main book itself. Vibrant colors - excellent publishing quality and an impressive line-up of great cartoonists, featuring: Aidan Koch, Angie Wang, Blaise Larmee, CF, James Jarvis, Jonny Negron, Kilian Eng, Leon Sadler, Noel Freibert, Olivier Schrauwen, Sammy Harkham, Yuichi Yokoyama and many more.

Planetary Omnibus

Planetary Omnibus
by Warren Ellis / John Cassaday

This hefty hardcover collects Ellis and Cassaday's landmark Planetary series - the inter-dimensional time traveling team of heroes that provided a refreshing new take on the superhero team formula.

Terra Obscura: Smash Of Two Worlds

Terra Obscura: Smash Of Two Worlds
by Alan Moore / Peter Hogan / Yanick Paquette

What does a comics publisher do when arguably the greatest living comics writer refuses to work for them anymore? Well, you keep repackaging all the stuff he did before he left. In some cases it feels a little exploitative of the source material, but in the case of Terra Obscura, it makes sense to collect Alan Moore's intergalactic superheroes out of time series, Terra Obscura, into one book.

Weirdo Years: 1981-1993

Weirdo Years: 1981-1993
by R. Crumb

If you claim to love comics and don't own a copy of this, collecting Crumb's great Weirdo series, you're a liar. Some of Crumb's best work ever - Weirdo is a must-have.

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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