The Washington Times - October 30, 2008, 07:08PM

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.


Acme Novelty Library: Volume 19 from Drawn and Quarterly

Acme Novelty Library: Volume 19, Drawn and Quarterly ($15.95)

Chris Ware returns with a new installment of his irregularly-published Acme Novelty Library — 80 pages of beautifully-designed, incredibly depressing comics featuring Ware’s cringe-inducing protagonist Rusty Brown. Much harder to read than Jimmy Corrigan, because Rusty is truly a loathsome character. Highly recommended.

Joker from DC Comics

Joker, hardcover, DC Comics ($19.99)

Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets) teams up again with Lee Bermejo, his collaborator on the critically-acclaimed Lex Luthor: Man of Steel. This time the subject is the Joker (think Heath Ledger, not Cesar Romero) with cameos by most of the rest of Batman’s rogues’ gallery. While this has been called the best Joker story since 1988’s groundbreaking Batman: The Killing Joke (Alan Moore/Brian Bolland), I’m only willing to say that it’s the best since Ed Brubaker’s Batman: The Man Who Laughs — but that’s fine praise indeed.

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.