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January 16, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 16, 2015

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 BuzzFeed's Great American Bookstores, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.

Boom Box 2014 Mix Tape #1

Boom Box 2014 Mix Tape #1
by Shannon Watters (editor)

Editor Shannon Watters has the right spirit for editing an anthology like this. In her intro, she says, "...the greatest thing about those anthologies wasn't just that feeling of being in the know... they also revealed to me a TON of incredible writers and illustrators, some of whom would soon become my all time faves." And that's exactly what she accomplishes here - the balance between filling in the familiar and turning on the unfamiliar.

Charlie Hebdo #1178

Charlie Hebdo #1178
by various

If you can find it, buy it. Je suis Charlie.

Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1
by Jason Aaron / John Cassaday

The only Star Wars event more anticipated than this comic is the J.J. Abrams film reboot coming later this year. Since Disney owns Marvel and Star Wars, it only makes sense that Star Wars comics return to Marvel (although former publisher Dark Horse is probably less than stoked about it.) This story takes place after the destruction of the first Death Star but before they Empire losses to the Rebellion. Writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday deliver the goods, with all the expected ingredients here - a roguish Han? Check. An impressively evil Vader entrance? Check. Droid comedy from R2 and 3PO? Check. A focused Leia and an earnest Skywalker? Check, and check. Oh yeah and a surly Wookie. Check.

Treasury Of Mini Comics Volume 2

Treasury Of Mini Comics Volume 2
by Michael Dowers (editor)

This nugget, collecting a wide array of outrageous mini-comics is truly worthy of the title "Treasury."

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)

List of Online "Best of 2014" 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)