The Washington Times - September 5, 2008, 06:15PM

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.


Love and Rockets: New Stories, No. 1 from Fantagraphics Books

Love and Rockets: New Stories, No. 1, Fantagraphics Books, $14.99

Los Bros. Hernandez are back in the all-new Love and Rockets! After failing to remotely keep the comics on schedule, the new plan is to publish a 100-page book of new material once per year. This issue — Jaime does a 50-page Kirby-influenced super-hero story, and Gilbert delivers short stories involving super-powered Martin and Louis impostors in outer space, demonic drug users vs. a rookie cop, and a kangaroo in Las Vegas … plus he provides the art for the Mario-scripted “Chiro el Indio”.

Dororo, Volume 3 from Vertical

Dororo, Volume 3, Vertical, $13.95

Osamu Tezuka is best known in the USA for his children’s work—Astro Boy and Kimba, the White Lion. But in Japan, he’s considered the godfather of Japanese comics, both for his adventure comics for kids, and his serious art comics for grown-ups. You really can’t go wrong with any of the recent translations — Apollo’s Song, MW, and Ode to Kirihito are all fantastic (and dark); and for the truly hardcore check out his 8-volume Buddha or 12-volume Phoenix series. (P.S. Next on the schedule is Blackjack). Now that all three volumes of Tezuka’s Dororo are out, you can get the whole story of the quest by an unwanted son of a samurai to eliminate 48 demons and make himself whole again.

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.