December 2, 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.
A.D. After Death Book 01
by Scott Snyder / Jeff Lemire
A.D. is what happens when two of comics' best writers team up on a book. Snyder's writing mixed with Lemire's art creates a fascinating and complex story about a time after we cure death. Generally, I'm not a fan of mixing prose in with comics (hey, if I wanted to read prose, I'd read a novel!), A.D. is the rare example where it works beautifully - due in no small part to Snyder's excellent writing and Lemire's compelling art. This book (part one of a three part series) is a must-read book of the year.
Black Hood: An Anthology of Depression and Anxiety
edited by Josh Bayer
This killer anthology comic explores aspects of depression and anxiety - something not uncommon in the comics community (or the general population this time of year). It features heartfelt and sincere work by John Porcellino, Box Brown, Tara Booth, Noah Van Sciver, Elizabeth Bethea, Josh Simmons, Mike Freiheit, Pat Aulisio, Heleigh Buck, and many more.
Life And Legend Of Wallace Wood Volume 1
by Wallace Wood
When one says the words "greatest illustrators of all time" one of the first names that should automatically come to everyone's mind is Wally Wood: Commercial illustrator, EC comics cartoonist (who publisher Ernest Gaines described as EC's most troubled and also one of their best artists), one of MAD Magazine's original Usual Gang of Idiots. This gorgeous, large hardcover lavishly illustrated with Wood's work and personal photos looks at the life of an American treasure.
Math Magazine #3
This new journal presents smut for the high-minded. Finding inspiration from everything from vintage erotica to Instagram feeds and cam websites - Math offers well-photographed porn and well-considered erotica.
Paper Girls Volume 2
by Brian K Vaughan / Cliff Chiang
Okay, everyone. The new Paper Girls collection is out. I feel like this should be some kind of holiday. In this volume, there is a dramatic shift the story.
Slow Reader Magazine Volume 1
by Sumanth Prabhaker
The first issue of this excellent lit journal focuses on the influence of fiction master Haruki Murakami. It features contributions from Jesse Ball, Jeffrey Brown, Raymond Carver, Tess Gallagher, Daniel Handler, Etgar Keret, Chris Ware, and many more.
It was the previous two collections of Hanks work that helped establish the genre of outsider superhero comics artist. Fantagraphics here generously collects those two now hard to find volumes into one fantastic, large hardcover.
Wuvable Oaf: Blood And Metal
by Ed Luce
Ed Luce's lovable, wuvable Oaf looks for love in the metal and wrestling scenes of San Francisco. This is just the comic for fans of metal, bears, cats, and, well, comics.
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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