Before superheroes became the go-to for movie studios in need of a summer box-office smash, the fates of cities were mostly determined in the pages of comic books, panel by panel.
That's how caped crusaders and men of steel dole out justice at Georgetown's Big Planet Comics. The small shop's shelves are filled with the latest issues from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and other independent publishers, alongside trade books that feature a single storyline bound into one, bigger book.
You won't find toys and other ephemera here: strictly comics. Big Planet is considered a bookstore first and foremost. The shop stocks graphic novels and has a case of kid-friendly titles. Even so, you'll see your fair share of adults -- the young at heart -- walking out with the latest comics.
-- Brandon Weigel (July 20, 2011)