January 16, 2016
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics, graphic novels, and books.
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.
Burnt Comix #1
by Jayro Lantigua
If you long for the days of boundary-pushing undergound comix of the 1980s/1990s, then Burnt Comix is for you. Weird, dark, disturbing - I was super-excited to see this book.
Mean Girls Club
by Ryan Heshka
A lot of "art" comics tend to forsake story or character for craft, and what you're left with is great art that you pour though in under 60 seconds. Not so with Ryan Heshka's stylish and bad-ass mean girls. Drugs, debauchery, and characterization mix with some excellent art. You'll want to see more of Pinky, Sweets, Blackie, McQualude, Wendy, and Wanda.
Pulsate And Squirt
by Otto Splotch
More awesomely gross comics from Splotch.
Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir
by Tom Hart
It's often said that parents should never have to bury a child. Tragically, Hart and his wife lost daughter Rosalie at a very young age. This beautiful, heart-wrenching graphic novel tells their story of dealing with tragedy and its aftermath.
Southern Cross Volume 1
by Becky Cloonan / Andy Belanger
This volume collects the first six issues of Cloonan's claustrophobic, paranoid space whodunit.
Starve Volume 1
by Brian Wood / Danijel Zezelj / Dave Stewart
This volume collects the first story arc of Wood's Anthony Bourdain meets DMZ meets Iron Chef, edgy, futuristic celebrity chef cooking show competition.
Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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