The Washington Times - February 20, 2009, 06:23PM

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, No. 686 from DC Comics

Batman, No. 686, DC Comics ($3.99)

Without question, the definitive “Death of Superman” story is Alan Moore’s “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” (currently available in DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore, which also includes classics like Batman: The Killing Joke, and “For the Man Who Has Everything”—buy it!). So when it was time for DC to give Batman the same treatment, they went looking for another big gun, and came up with Neil Gaiman. Good call! Nice art by Andy Kubert too.

Thor, No. 600 from Marvel Entertainment

Thor, No. 600, Marvel Entertainment ($4.99)

Yes, last month’s issue was issue #12, but under the old numbering system, this would be Thor #600—much more appropriate for a special issue than #13. Anyway, it turns out that everything J. Michael Straczynski did in his first 12 issues was all a set-up for this major turning point in Thor’s life. No spoilers here, but I cannot wait to read #601 (or #13, or whatever). Oh yeah, Thor #600 includes a special all-new story by living legend Stan Lee and David (Immortal Iron Fist) Aja. ‘Nuff said. 

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.