The Washington Times - March 26, 2009, 06:39PM

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.


A Drifting Life from Drawn and Quarterly

A Drifting Life, graphic novel, Drawn and Quarterly ($29.95)

Yoshihiro Tatsumi was the first Japanese manga artist to do slice-of-life comics back in the late 1960s. His three volumes of short stories, The Push Man and Other Stories, Abandon the Old in Tokyo, and Good-Bye have all won tons of critical acclaim as the translations have been released here. Now see what happens when he applies his narrative voice to his own life, growing up in post-war Japan. Autobiographical comics at their finest! 

Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug, Volume 1 from DC Comics

Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug, Volume 1, trade paperback, DC Comics, ($16.99)

Pretty much every Keith Giffen Ambush Bug comic ever (except for the current mini-series—where is No. 6 anyway?). These are some of the funniest comics ever made. Ambush Bug irritates Superman. Ambush Bug meets the Legion of Substitute Heroes, Ambush Bug irritates Darkseid, Keith Giffen irritates his editor. You get the idea.

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.