The Washington Times - July 31, 2008, 01:28PM

By Greg Bennett

Legendary comic book store owner Greg Bennett provides a pair of recommendations for comic book lovers every week. Titles are either currently on specialty store shelves or shipping or in the near future. Fans can also click on the covers to appreciate the fine art.

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Journey TP from IDW Publishing

Journey, trade paperback, IDW Publishing ($19.99)

Another lost gem from the 1980s. Before he became a super-hero workhorse for DC 20 years ago, William Messner-Loebs used to write and draw this Eisner-ean tale of a lone trapper living alone on the American frontier in the 19th Century. Beautiful, funny, even (I hate to say) poignant. Highest possible recommendation.

Thor by J. Michael Straczynski: Vol. 1 from Marvel Publishing

Thor by J. Michael Straczynski: Volume1, trade paperback, Marvel Publishing ($19.99)

Ask and you shall receive. Thor has been brought back from the dead yet again—and this time his mortal form is actually the original Doctor Don Blake. Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski is knocking Thor out of the park (at the moment, anyway. We won’t talk about the end of his Spider-Man run…), with nice art by Olivier Coipel too.

Greg Bennett is the Owner/Manager of Big Planet Comics, a chain of pop art specialty stores in the DC Metro area with locations in Georgetown, Bethesda, Vienna, & College Park.