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March 14, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 14, 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.


Howard The Duck #1
by Chip Zdarsky / Joe Quinones

If you saw the film Guardians of the Galaxy with a friend who wouldn't let you leave until after the credits finished rolling because they wanted to see that final, bonus "shawarma" scene, only to be puzzled at the significance of a talking duck drinking a martini, this comic is that significance. Marvel is rebooting and relaunching one of its quirkier, cult characters in a light-hearted, "weirdo" type comic, which makes sense since Disney now owns Marvel and Disney loves ducks. The results are intentionally offbeat and fun.

The Humans Vol. 1

The Humans Vol. 1
by Keenan Marshall Keller / Tom Neely

Oh the humanity! Just kidding! There's very little in the way of humanity in The Humans - in fact it's total ape brutality! And it's pure fun! Drugs. Violence. Ape motorcycle gangs. What's not to love? This collects issues #0-4 of the hit series.

Southern Cross #1

Southern Cross #1
by Becky Cloonan / Andy Belanger

Let's get this out of the way right up front, Andy Belanger's art is some of the best I've seen in a new series, it's crazy. And Becky Cloonan's story is an immediately gripping, intergalactic, anti-corporate murder mystery as Alex Braith begins a journey to Titan aboard the Southern Cross to find out more about her sister's death. Southern Cross is a winner.

Surface #1

Surface #1
by Ales Kot / Langdon Foss / Jordie Bellaire

Surface is surprisingly micro-developed, enjoyably excessively detailed new sci-fi series that owes (and gives a very self-aware nod to) Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan. It's a dystopian future in which "share" is the default status of your logged life and one must choose to not share. And in that world, a love triangle are off to find greater meaning in their lives and the world.

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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