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March 6, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 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.

All New Hawkeye #1

All New Hawkeye #1
by Jeff Lemire / Ramon K. Perez

One of DC Comics' best writers is now one of Marvel Comics' best writers as Jeff Lemire moves to Marvel and takes on Hawkeye. Fans of the more non-traditional approach that writer Matt Fraction took with this character are in for a change as Lemire's Hawkeye is more like the way I'd wished he'd written Green Arrow - it's fun and poppy. The flashback art is gorgeous watercolor-ish. And on a whole, it's a fun read.

Blammo #8 1/2

Blammo #8 1/2
by Noah Van Sciver

Noah has whipped together this full color "half" issue of his comic series Blammo while fans eagerly await a new, full-sized issue. This seems to largely contain pieces he's run elsewhere, like his 4 Questions series, an historical comic that I wrote with him, and some diary comics. If you love Van Sciver (and you'll should), Blammo #8 1/2 might just tide you over a bit until Blammo #9.

Descender #1

Descender #1
by Jeff Lemire / Dustin Nguyen

The first issue of this new series introduces us to a huge, sprawling space epic taking place over years, involving a number of other planets, giant floating robots and a sole-surviving robot boy who just may hold the key to it all. Nguyen's art is as magical as Lemire's story is charming.

Drawn Onward

Drawn Onward
by Matt Madden

If the first thing you notice about Madden's comic is that the title is a palindrome and that excites you because you are, like, into palindromes, then you'll love this comic - as the whole story is a palindrome. A young woman allows herself to become attracted by a strange man harassing her in the subway only to find herself right back where she started. It's pretty neat exercise, and Madden executes it well.

Inner City Romance

Inner City Romance
by Guy Colwell

Fantagraphics once again collects a fantastic treasure of overlooked and nearly forgotten underground comix. This is the complete run of Colwell's Inner City Romance series from the '70s which offers readers a harsh look at inner city and prison life. The work here is very raw, and it's all the better for it. If you dig the sort of work that artists like Benjamin Marra are referencing, you really need to check out Inner City Romance.

Mowgli's Mirror

Mowgli's Mirror
by Olivier Schrauwen

Beautifully printed in a gorgeous, over-sized format, Schrauwen looks at the lonely and complicated life of Mowgli, the kid from Kipling's Jungle Book stories. He's desperate for companionship - maybe a bit too desperate. This story finds him aroused by an ape, shit on by an elephant and harassed by a wolf. It's a hard life when you're a feral human living in the wild. The story is wordless, and the art and coloring is beautiful.

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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