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April 30, 2017

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 30, 2017

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.

Motor Girl Volume 1: Real Life

Motor Girl Volume 1: Real Life
by Terry Moore

Collecting the first story-arc of Terry Moore's new, ongoing series. Here we have Samantha and her junkyard and her imaginary gorilla friend. Add to that aliens and anti-alien arms development and you have the makings for another charming Moore series.

Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special

Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special
by Brian Maruca / Jim Rugg

This oversized, hardcover, and poppy comic boasts the return of Jesse Sanchez who faces big problems like fighting a ninja and the big dance.

Remy Sneakers vs. the Robo-Rats

Remy Sneakers vs. the Robo-Rats
by Kevin Sherry

Kevin Sherry is one of the best kid's book authors going today. He makes books that kids clamor to read and adults enjoy reading (the ever-elusive magical equation). In this new series, Remy the Raccoon is falsely accused of crimes simply because he happens to be into cool stuff. Remy has to find friends to help clear his name and catch the real crook and save the city.


by Jeff Lemire

Jeff Lemire is doing more to keep comics interesting than almost any other writer/artist today. Seriously, his prolific output has me beginning to suspect that Lemire is not a person but a collective. Aside from the number of franchise superhero books he works on, he also manages to keep series like Black Hammer, Descender, and Royal City great (seriously, every one of them is worth reading). He also manages to find time to write and draw projects like Roughneck - a standalone literary graphic novel. Here a hockey has-been, family, addiction, and heritage come together in a beautifully bleak new story about self-destruction and the cycle of violence.

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
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Benn Ray's blog (The Mobtown Shank)
Benn Ray's comic, Mutant Funnies

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