The Washington Times - July 25, 2009, 03:47PM

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.


Blackest Night, No. 1 from DC Comics

Blackest Night, No. 1, $3.99, DC Comics

The event of the summer starts here (actually, summer, fall, and winter—it’s an 8-parter)! Geoff Johns writes zombie Green Lanterns! Will Batman and Martian Manhunter rise from the dead? Tune in all year to find out (or cheat, and read internet spoilers, but I promise that it won’t be nearly as much fun as reading lots of Geoff Johns comics). And ask your retailer if they have any Black Lantern rings left….

Little Mouse Gets Ready from Toon Books

Little Mouse Gets Ready, hard cover, $12.95, Toon Books

Bone creator Jeff Smith takes some time out from working on Rasl to deliver a graphic novel for 4-8 year-olds. Little Mouse wants to visit the barn, but first he has to get dressed—which is a bit tricky, as he must master buttons, velcro, snaps, and the one thing a human kid doesn’t have to worry about—a tail hole. From Toon Books—Francoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman’s line of first graphic novels for children.

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.