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November 13, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - November 13, 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.

Arsene Schrauwen

Arsene Schrauwen
by O. Schrauwen

O. Schrauwen's first graphic novel in English is a masterwork - blending reality and surreality. The artist's grandfather travels to an island colony utopia in the twentieth century. Beautifully simple linework, a clever story, and beautiful printing on the part of Fantagraphics.

Hawd Tales #1

Hawd Tales #1
by Devin Flynn

Ripped from the pages of Vice! Well, not actually ripped, but this comic did start out as a strip there - but now it's a grown up comic book - a crazy, urban, underground tale of cops, crime, weirdness and lunacy. Totally fun!

The Kitchen #1

The Kitchen #1
by Ollie Masters / Ming Doyle

If you love 1970s, gritty, New York City crime stories, this new Vertigo mini-series is what you're looking for. When an Irish gang gets tossed in prison, it's up to their wives to keep running their rackets and keep the cash flowing. Masters delivers what looks, thus far, to be a feminist take on the genre, and Ming Doyle delivers her signature stylized art that feels both retro-cinematic and freshly modern at the same time.

Wicked & Divine Vol. 1

Wicked & Divine Vol. 1
by Kieron Gillen / Jamie McKelvie

This trade collects the first story arc from Image's hit series, Wicked & Divine. In this series, a group of gods show back up nearly every century. They hang out of a couple years and then disappear. They have returned again. This time, they're pop stars.

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)

List of Online "Best of 2014" 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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