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June 12, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 12, 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.

21st Century Tank Girl #1

21st Century Tank Girl #1
by Alan C. Martin / Jamie Hewlett

Tank Girl's co-creator (and Gorillaz founder) Jamie Hewlett returns to comics and promptly takes his heroine into outer space to find some much-needed tank fuel lest she lose her tank in a Booga bet to a local gangster. There are a few other stories here too, like "Runny Man" a Running Man parody, and "Easy," a war story. Even Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady show up. It's a fun batch of typically inspired Tank Girl lunacy.

The Adventures Of Tad Martin #Sick Sick Six

The Adventures Of Tad Martin #Sick Sick Six
by Casanova Frankenstein

It's the rawness of Casanova Frankenstein's (formerly Al Frank) Tad Martin that makes it so damn awesome. The art varies from rushed to polished - sometimes scrawled on carryout checks, sometimes on stained napkins. But the story is there - and it's one of suspicion, neuroses, lunacy, jealously and desperation. It's been a long, long time between issues of Tad Martin - but this is a return so excellent that it reads like a great novel - it's definitely in a genre all its own.

Blubber #1

Blubber #1
by Gilbert Hernandez

Blubber is sort of like Gilbert Hernandez's Wild Kingdom. And his Wild Kingdom chock full o' weird animals doing even weirder things to each other. In Blubber, nature is downright disturbing. And hilarious.

The Oven

The Oven
by Sophie Goldstein

In Sophie Goldstein's The Oven, in the future, if one wants to breed free from governmental regulation - one must travel out to Libertarian trailer park "oases" in the desert like The Oven - the one our young couple Syd and Eric find themselves journeying to. Unfortunately for the couple, it's voyage of self-discovery and both find themselves - Syd's purpose is motherhood, and Eric is still on a quest - largely involving hallucinogenic insect larvae. The book is sharply designed, the artwork is great, and the world Goldstein creates is interesting. I could see her doing a series of stories set there.

Starve #1

Starve #1
by Brian Wood / Danijel Zezelj

This new series by Wood is set in the not-too-distant future. The global economy has crashed, global warming has flooded significant parts of the planet, and the network needs celebrity chef Gavin Cruikshank to deliver his contractual final 8 episodes of his hit TV series Starve. The network, and his ex-wife, see dollar signs - Cruikshank sees a chance to bring it all down. With art by Danijel Zezelj, Wood's new series has the look of his other hit series, DMZ. Cruikshank is a bit like Anthony Bourdain meets Spider Jerusalem (Transmetropolitan). And the TV show itself is part Iron Chef, part American Idol. Starve the comic series looks to comment on the classism inherent in the world of the gourmand.

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)

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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