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April 8, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 8, 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.

5000 km Per Second

5000 km Per Second
by Manuele Fior

Gorgeous watercolors and international settings tell the story of two lovers who are heart-wrenchingly separated. It's a delicate European masterpiece.

Black Panther #1

Black Panther #1
by Ta-Nehisi Coates / Brian Stelfreeze

Marvel smartly invites writer Coates to take the reigns to revamp Black Panther. I really hope to see more of these sorts of inspired pairings between authors and characters. The thing is, while Coates grew up as a comics reader, he's never been a comics writer until now. So we get to follow along as an important author learns a new medium, and here Coates is off to a great start. Stay tuned for more Black Panther as he shows up in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie too. This comic holds the record as the fastest/best selling superhero comic at Atomic Books.

Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story

Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story
by Dave Thompson

We already know much of Patti Smith's story as told in her own words in excellent books like Just Kids and M Train, but here, Dave Thompson presents an accurate and enthusiastic history of a punk icon.

Goldtiger: The Poseidon Complex

Goldtiger: The Poseidon Complex
by Guy Adams / Jimmy Broxton / Antonio Barreti / Louis Shaeffer

The comic strip no one would print finally sees print! Originally deemed too risque for publication in the 1960s, this strip was cancelled before it even got its start. Goldtiger presents this Modesty Blaise challenger's history and unpublished strips.


by Barbara Yelin

This beautiful and heartbreaking true story concerns a pair of 1930s lovers - a white woman from Germany and a black student at Oxford - who are separated by political circumstances. Then, 30 years later, she receives a letter.

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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