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March 18, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 18, 2016

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics, graphic novels, and books.

Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. He also runs the Mutant Funnies Tumblr.

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.

Archie Volume 1

Archie Volume 1
by Mark Waid / Fiona Staples

Artist Staples (of Saga comics fame) and writer Waid team up to give Riverdale a reboot with a modern style that is downright CW network tv-ready.

Goodnight Punpun Volume 1

Goodnight Punpun Volume 1
by Inio Asano

Onodera Punpun is your normal school kid who just happens to be depicted as a bird in this manga from Asano, of Girl on the Shore fame. Aside from the bird thing his life is pretty normal, y'know, dysfunctional family, oncoming adolescence, and he has a fairly hyperactive mind.

Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded

Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded
by Jim Ottaviani / Leland Purvis

Writer Ottaviani, who wrote the excellent graphic novel called Feynman (about physicist and safe-cracker Richard Feynman), returns with another compelling graphic biography - this one on Alan Turing, the man who helped helped the Allies win World War II and laid out the founding principles of computer science and was thanked for it by the British government with chemical castration.


by Grant Morrison / Chris Burnham

When a massive asteroid is spotted heading for Earth, a team is put together to stop the global destruction, and they end up unleashing an extra-terrestrial, life-hating god. This collects all the issues in Morrison's series and includes a bunch of bonus material.

Secret Wars HC

Secret Wars HC
by Jonathan Hickman / Esad Ribic / Paul Renaud

So Marvel's continuity in its comics started to get a little complicated because it had created several universes, y'know sort of like a Multiverse. And this graphic novel tells the story of a, um, sort of CRISIS, where these worlds ended and the Marvel Universe is reborn anew. This is sort of Marvel's version of DC's Crisis On Infinite Earths, decades later, in a smartly calculated attempt to bring more diversity to their world of superheroes without pissing off too many traditionalist fans. Basically, it's one of the biggest events in Marvel comics in years, and it lays out where all new Marvel comics are going now. This is mandatory reading for any Marvel fan.

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)

Online "Best of 2015" 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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