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March 18, 2018

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 9, 2018

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.


I Love This Part
by Tillie Walden

Walden tells a universal love story by focusing on two small town school girls. She perfectly captures the hugeness and fragility of young love developing. You'll fall in love with this book.


by James Kochalka

Mechaboys feels like the return of an old friend with Kochalka delivering his first book for older readers in quite a while. Mechaboys reads like the Linklater movie Dazed & Confused mixed with a garage-built robot battle suit. Pure Kochalka magic!


No Better Words
by Carolyn Nowak

Nowak tells a charming, beautifully illustrated ADULTS ONLY story about desire, housemates, and hooking up.


Port Of Earth Volume 1
by Zack Kaplan / Andrea Mutti

The concept behind Port of Earth is so spot-on that it also feels pretty bleak. Our first alien contact basically wants to use the Earth as a gas station. And the benefits of that arrangement (draining our resources in exchange for alien technology) go to the 1% while the 99% continue to struggle. Meanwhile, every so often, a murderous alien gets loose and runs amok, and it's up to security agents who are being filmed for a reality TV show to deal with the menace without creating an intergalactic incident. You'll read Port of Earth and say to yourself, "Yup, that's probably how it's gonna go." In a word, Port of Earth is ingenious.

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

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

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)