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January 30, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 30, 2015

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.

Casanova Acedia #1

Casanova Acedia #1
by Matt Fraction / Michael Chabon / Fabio Moon / Gabriel Ba

The new of Casanova finds Cassiday at a lush party, seduced and sexily embattled. But then, the world's ending in 9 days (if one can believe occultists), so what's to worry? And in the Metanauts we have a paparazzi stunner and a jaded rock critic unshamed. But look at the names behind what's in this book - in Casanova you have Matt Fraction and Fabio Moon. In The Metanauts you have author Michael Chabon and Gabriel Ba. Plus, lettering by the always precise Dustin Harbin. Yes, I'm calling out and praising the lettering.

Hobo Fires

Hobo Fires
by Robert Earl Sutter III

A futuristic tale of philosophical, anarchist hoboes. It's a devastated, post-apocalyptic landscape that these hoboes travel, via rail, going from one community or music festival to another. This comic's heart, and politics, are totally in the right place. And Sutter's art is impossibly endearing. Hobo Fires (for some reason, I keep wanting to call it "Hobo Fries") is the type of graphic novel that you don't want to put down once you pick it up - you want to just tear though this journey and see where it takes you.

Old Ground #1

Old Ground #1
by Noel Freibert

Noel continues to develop his awesome, crazy, style I've taken to calling pscyhe-fluid. It's all melty, drippy, and full of motion. The title of this comic refers to the condemned Old Maple Grove Cemetery - the unlikely site of a lot of goings on. There are the adventures of a frog and a dog - there's the conversation of two dead kids from their graves, and then there are the demolition men who are on their way to dismantle the cemetery. There's plenty of wild action, and alternating moments of horror and humor.


by Noah Van Sciver

Ever see someone while you're walking down the street and their lives look so pathetic and needlessly dramatic you can't help but wonder how they get there? Many have made the same sorts of poor decisions as Van Sciver's protagonist Joe. Saint Cole is another masterpiece of bleak despair and irredeemable characters by an artist at the top of his game. As soon as you see Noah's rain effects on one of the first pages, you just know the art is going to be amazing - and it is.

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, Mutant Funnies

also at Largehearted Boy:

other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
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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