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December 31, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - December 31, 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 BuzzFeed's Great American Bookstores, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.

Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Volume 1

Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Volume 1
by Basil Wolverton / Greg Sadowski (editor)

"Creeping" is the key word here - as it seemed to take Fantagraphics years to finally get this book out. Was it worth the wait? Hell yes! As the title reveals, Creeping Death contains both comics and stories from the life of cartoonist genius Wolverton. The first of two volumes, here's hoping the second installment creeps a little faster.

Garbage Pail Kids Comic Book Puketacular

Garbage Pail Kids Comic Book Puketacular
by Peter Bagge / Dean Haspiel / various

So yes, this really happened. And yes, there is a story involving an apocalypse of poop. So yes, if you were ever a Garbage Pail Kids fan, this comic will make you happy.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
by Mark Waid / Carlos Pacheco

If you like the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and if you're not, give it another try - it gets much better from around episode 11 on), this comic introduces the non-canon characters to the Marvel Universe and sort of begins to try to sync up, somewhat, the continuity differences between TV and movies and the comics. And without the budget constraints (and licensing restrictions that the movies have - which is why the X-Men and Avengers seem to be in different cinematic universes), you get appearances of everyone from The Avengers to members of the Fantastic Four to references to the X-Men. Issue one is massive and epic as Coulson and the gang prevent an armageddon resulting from the collapse of a number of Norse worlds, all falling down to Earth.

They're Not Like Us #1

They're Not Like Us #1
by Eric Stephenson / Simon Gane

This first issue sets up the story of a group of young telepaths coming together. There's a lot of potential for a fun story, with a large cast of distinctive personalities with different telepathic variations, and Gane's art is just plain charming.

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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