The Washington Times - February 1, 2009, 03:20PM

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.


Batman: The Man Who Laughs from DC Comics

Batman: The Man Who Laughs, trade paperback, DC Comics ($19.99)

Ed Brubaker’s neo-classic Joker tale is finally available as an affordable softcover, along with a four-issue arc from Detective Comics that he wrote.  The main story is worth the price of admission alone.

Criminal: Volume 4, Bad Night from Marvel Entertainment

Criminal: Volume 4, Bad Night, trade paperback, Marvel Entertainment ($14.95)

Brubaker and Sean Phillips deliver another great noir tale, this time about a cartoonist with a checkered past.  This will be the last volume of Criminal for a while, as the creators are busy cranking away on their new project, Incognito, about a super-hero in the witness protection program.

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.