The Washington Times - July 9, 2009, 07:10PM

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.


Wednesday Comics, No. 1 from DC Comics

Wednesday Comics, No. 1, DC Comics ($3.99)

DC does their homage to full-page newspaper strips of yesteryear, in a very cool tabloid newspaper format!  Highlights include Batman by the 100 Bullets team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, Metamorpho by Neil Gaiman and Mike Allred, Hawkman by Kyle Baker, Adam Strange by Paul Pope, and Sgt. Rock drawn by living legend Joe Kubert.  Totally cool!

Asterios Polyp from Pantheon

Asterios Polyp, graphic novel, Pantheon, $29.95

David Mazzuchelli’s Rubber Blanket was one of the greatest indy comics ever—sadly all three issues are long out-of-print.  In fact for years now, the only David Mazzuchelli comics that have been available have been his amazing work on Batman and Daredevil with Frank Miller back in the 1980s.  While nobody’s stepping up to reprint Rubber Blanket, there is finally a new graphic novel from Mazzuchelli—Asterios Polyp.  Expect poignant story, and beautiful art!

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.