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February 6, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 6, 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.

Nameless #1

Nameless #1
by Grant Morrison / Chris Burnham

There's a lot going on in this futuristic, science-meets-magic series by Grant Morrison. Based solely on this issue, I'd say the formula is Inception + Armageddon. Nameless (which is the name of our protagonist) is running through dream after dream, trying to steal a dream key to prove his worth to a billionaire (called a "billionaut") living on the other side of the moon so that he will be enlisted in trying to prevent a 14 mile long asteroid containing a sigil that is a door to the anti-universe from creating an extinction-level event on Earth. Off to a great start.

Stray Bullets: Sunshine And Roses #1

Stray Bullets: Sunshine And Roses #1
by David Lapham

I'll admit, I may be a bit biased. I mean, one of the greatest crime comic series is set in Baltimore, my town? Pretty cool. This is the start of new arc as a young player comes to town, hooks up with Beth and makes a risky play to get in with Scott and his crew which may or may not pay off. Also, lots of the violence you'd expect from Lapham's series.

Studio 54

Studio 54
by Hasse Persson

I was too young to experience the bacchanal that was Studio 54. Fortunately, Swedish photographer Hasse Persson was there to capture these images to help convey the glorious decadence to people like me.

Theme '70: Tackling the Beast They Call Exploitation Cinema

Theme '70: Tackling the Beast They Call Exploitation Cinema
by Mark J. Banville

Theme '70 is film fanzine as art book. It's over-stuffed with great art from the era of exploitation cinema! Plus, tons of profiles on cult films and beloved character actors.

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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