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March 19, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 19, 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.

aama Volume 1: The Smell Of Warm Dust

aama Volume 1: The Smell Of Warm Dust
by Frederik Peeters

This Swiss graphic novel is set in the distant future on the last discovered inhabitable planet in the universe. Verloc awakens with no memory, but he has a robotic ape sidekick. The rest he has to reassemble in a strange environment. If you like your sci-fi blended with existentialism, you'll want to read this. Oh yeah, it also won best series at last year's Angouleme International Comics Festival.


by Alec Longstreth

Like aama, it's another story about a man in a remote environment with amnesia, but this one has a wolf dragon and Longstreth's wonderfully rich artwork.


by Henry Gustavson / Tyler Peck

You'll be hard-pressed to find a weirder ongoing comic series. Mogman is a deformed, homeless man with a friend, a Frankenstein doll possessed with the spirit of Boris Karloff. Set in an abandoned factory outside Detroit, Mogman finds the idea of becoming a monster increasingly appealing. From the Prelude to issue 4 the artwork is appropriately muddy, dark and creepy. At issue 5 the artwork changes dramatically and features cleaner linework that is more accessible while still being edgy.

Nemo: The Roses of Berlin (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

Nemo: The Roses of Berlin (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
by Alan Moore / Kevin O'Neill

The pirate queen's tear through the twentieth century continues... Here she must venture into 1940s Berlin and run a gauntlet to save her loved ones being held hostage. But can her team best The Twilight Heroes, Germany's version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?

The Park

The Park
by Oscar Zarate

It's an age old story: Dog bites man at the park. Man defensively kicks dog. Dog's owner blogs about it, villainizing the kicker. Things intensify from there, as you can imagine.

Saga Volume 3

Saga Volume 3
by Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples

Marko and Alana continue to flee their pursuers. It's the much anticipated new volume from the hit series. Oh, and you'll want to buy paper versions of Saga there have been controversial censorship issues with the digital series.

Sock Monkey Treasury: A Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Collection

Sock Monkey Treasury: A Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Collection
by Tony Millionaire

Tony Millionaire for kids? Why not! This lush hardcover collects Millionaire's gorgeous and magical all-ages Sock Monkey stories into one hefty volume. His black and white linework on these pages reveal a master illustrator flawlessly displaying his immense talent.

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
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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