3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444, atomicbooks.com
When you see a list of comic book shops in Baltimore, Atomic Books is usually left off the list; we suspect it’s because they’re known more for their alternative book selection. But if you’re a comic fan or collector, Atomic is the best you’ve got in the Hampden neck of the woods. Atomic’s trade and graphic novel selection is super organized, which makes it easy to find shit, and you can drink at the comic book-inspired bar after picking up your weekly pull list. No other local comic shop can claim that. Atomic also supports local comic writers by having signings and selling locally produced books, and has daily deep discounts on trade paperbacks and graphic novels. The owners are super knowledgeable and do not give off that bro-y superiority when asked for advice; they’re the opposite of The Simpsons Comic Book Guy. Oh yeah, and we heard from a . . . cousin . . . that there are erotic comics on the top shelf. We heard.