The Washington Times - June 11, 2008, 12:33PM

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.


Skaar: Son of Hulk

Skaar: Son of Hulk No. 1
First Greg Pak brought us Planet Hulk, with the Hulk exiled on a strange alien planet, doing the whole gladiator sci-fi thing. Then there was World War Hulk—pretty much Hulk, back on Earth, vs. the entire Marvel Universe. Both are great reads, and available as paperbacks (plug, plug). For those of you that have been hankering for more of the pulp sci-fi action, here it is, Skaar: Son of Hulk #1. “Born in fire. Raised by monsters. Destined to Destroy.” Plus great art by former Hulk and Captain America artist Ron Garney.

Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite TP

Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite TP
This may have been my favorite comic from last year. Written by Gerard Way, the frontman for My Chemical Romance (who can actually write good comics), Umbrella Academy starts off as the quirky tale of an eccentric millionaire and his adopted super-powered children fighting bizarre criminals (e.g. Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel), but then something goes wrong. Jump to nine years later, and the now estranged children must try to put it all together one more time to save the world.

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.