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August 24, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 24, 2014

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 Bizarre Magazine's 51 geekiest places on the planet, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.

Dark Horse Presents 2014 #1

Dark Horse Presents 2014 #1
by various

The ground-breaking anthology series gets a new revamp/restart. This issue features a David Mack Kabuki story, a Big Guy and Rusty The Boy Robot Story by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow, and more. Anthology comics like DHP are a great way to follow favorites as well as discover new things to check out.

Death In Oaxaca #1

Death In Oaxaca #1
by Steve Lafler

Lafler balances just the right amount of realism and magic in this tale of a couple who move from America to Oaxaca for adventure. Finding the right place to live for the right price and shopping for pants is set against a backdrop of a vampire, a vigilante superhero and jamming with death. If you like Love & Rockets, Lafler's new series will be right up your alley.

Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2: 1981-1983

Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2: 1981-1983
by Ed Piskor

Ed Piskor's first installment of Hip Hop Family Tree was a certified phenomenon. Volume 2, featuring Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy, has all the ingredients to recreate the frenzy.

I Don't Hate Your Guts

I Don't Hate Your Guts
by Noah Van Sciver

This collection of diary comics by Noah is loaded with self-loathing, sharp humor and romantic charm. Watch an incredibly talented young cartoonist struggle, while working several jobs at once, trying to find the very happiness that has sidetracked so many other cartoonists, and coming to terms with being a not-so-young-anymore artist.

Multiversity #1

Multiversity #1
by Grant Morrison / Ivan Reis / Joe Prado

Multiversity #1
Grant Morrison / Ivan Reis / Joe Prado
As mainstream comics companies like DC and Marvel continue to wrestle with a lack of diversity in their superheroes, Grant Morrison undertakes a project with a title that makes it exceedingly clear that DC Comics is aware of this problem. Here Morrison brings characters of multiple earths together, while creating a small army of new characters as well as diverse takes on existing superheroes in a very meta-comics way that appears to be a rather interesting "let's just try whatever and see if anything sticks" approach.

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, Said What?

also at Largehearted Boy:

other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

Online "Best of 2013" Book Lists

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
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)