Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
I am an adult male human who makes a living by writing things down in such a way that they appear to be worth paying for. I used to work as a software developer for Yahoo!, but a man can only take so much computer programming before he goes mad, and that's pretty much what happened. When I woke up, I had somehow become a freelance writer, so I decided to stick with it and see where I ended up. And where I ended up is here.
As well being a reviewer for CBR, I've written for such media outlets as Film4, Wired UK and Comic Heroes Magazine - sometimes about comics, sometimes about other things, but always with the knowledge that even writing about the most boring subject is considerably more fun than actually working for a living. Just to prove I'm a well-rounded individual, my interests outside of comics include stand-up comedy, F1 racing and cosmology, and my favourite novelists are Douglas Coupland, Will Self and Chuck Palahniuk.
FIRST COMIC: Probably some random issue of "The Beano," but the first US comic I ever bought was "Weapon X" #3 (the 1995 "Age of Apocalypse" series).
FAVORITE CHARACTER: The X-Men (specifically Rogue, Gambit, Psylocke and Wolverine)
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"Guardians of the Galaxy" actress Karen Gillan discusses her portrayal of Nebula, shaving her head for the role and more.
Writer/director James Gunn talks making an unconventional comic book-based film, and the advantages of working with the biggest budget of his career.
Dave Bautista discusses bringing "Guardians'" Drax to life, shooting the film's fight scenes and the thrill of being immortalized in LEGO.
Genre veteran Zoe Saldana details her first entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the "very lethal" but "very righteous" Gamora.
CBR News visited the London set of James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy" film and finds plenty to like about Marvel's most unlikely blockbuster.
CBR spoke with actor Chris Pratt from the London set of "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" about working with James Gunn, becoming an action hero and more.
James Hunt gives Marvel's "Infinity" #4 by Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver 4.5 stars, saying the issue elicits "as visceral a reaction as any event comic can."
Marc Guggenheim and Leinil Francis Yu take The Punisher into the legal system for "The Trial of the Punisher" #1, which features fantastic art and "feels like an instant classic."
The newest arc in "Daredevil: Dark Nights" #4 features the start of David Lapham's story involving the Man Without Fear as the writer/artist crafts the tale "in a way that makes it a good fit for an anthology series."
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "Young Avengers" #9 receives 4 stars from reviewer James Hunt, who says the series' latest issue "pays off months of setup" for a story where "feelings matter."
James Hunt gives "Superior Spider-Man" #16 by writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos 4 stars, calling the series "a must-read title for any superhero fan."
James Hunt gives the final issue of "Dial H" by China Mieville and Alberto Ponticelli 4.5 stars, calling the series "one of the most consistent, original and enjoyable series to come out of the New 52."
Dan DiDio, Bob Wayne, Ian Churchill & Scott Snyder discuss DC Comics' New 52 one year later, dropping hints and revealing that one straight character pre-New 52 will now be gay.
Joe Quesada, CB Cebulski and Kieron Gillen discuss Marvel's current crossover event, displaying exclusive art from future issues and reacting to the Agent Coulson/Vision rumours in the wake of "The Avengers."
Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely and Nacho Vigalondo discuss Millarworld projects, going curse-free for "Jupiter's Children," Frank Miller's secret identity and a "Supercrooks" dream cast at Kapow Comic Convention.
Joe Quesada's traditional Cup o' Joe panel arrived in London for Kapow 2012, where Joe Quesada, Mark Millar and more discussed an "Avengers Vs. X-Men" movie, digital comics and the point of the Ultimate Universe.
In the opening panel of Kapow 2012, Dan DiDio and some of DC's finest addressed the future of Vertigo and fielded questions about “Before Watchmen,” which sees Jim Steranko providing a cover.
Creators Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards celebrated the hardcover collection of "Turf" at a signing in London where they teased a sequel, discussed the possibility of a movie adaptation and more.
"Uncanny X-Men" #500 is only the fifth Marvel comic to reach that auspicious issue number. CBR looks back on the publisher's history with re- numbering and re-launching to find out what other series have reached the milestone #500.
While some American fans visited the Emerald City Comicon, CBR's James Hunt checked out England's Bristol Comics Expo, attending the Eagle Awards and checking in with Dave Gibbons, Vertigo and more.
"Hunger" #4 by Joshua Hale Fialov and Leonard Kirk concludes the miniseries that brings Galactus to the Ultimate Universe.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" #7 teams writer Brian Bendis with artists Sara Pichelli and Valerio Schiti to tell the origin of Angela.
"Avengers A.I." #4 by Sam Humphries and Andre Lima Araujo sees the team attempting to stop the pans of manipulative AI Dimitrios.
The retaliation against the builders begins in "Infinity" #4 by Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver -- and it's a good one.
Tony Stark returns to Earth in "Iron Man" #16, by Kieron Gillen and Carlo Pagulayan
Alex de Campi and Chris Peterson deliver the first part of "Bee Vixens from Mars" in "Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight" #1.
Marc Guggenheim and Leinil Yu explore what would happen if the The Punisher turned himself in.
"Zero" #1 by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh introduce Edward Zero, a super-spy with a mission to complete and a will to get it done that makes The Punisher look indecisive.
"Captain America" #11 by Rick Remender and Carlos Pacheco brings the character back to the real world as Dimension Z gets left behind.
"Avengers" #19 by Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Yu continues the story of "Infinity" as the galaxy prepares to fight back.
"Superior Foes of Spider-Man #3" by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber introduces former Thunderbolt Abner Jenkins to the cast.
"Daredevil: Dark Nights" #4, written and drawn by David Lapham, is about The Man Without Fear chasing a gnome carrying a stolen murder weapon. Seriously.
The Scarlet Witch finds herself face-to-face with the Apocalypse Twins in Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña's "Uncanny Avengers" #11.
"Young Avengers" #9 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie sees the Young Avengers face off against the extra-dimensional threat of Mother.
Spider-Man faces the Hobgoblin for the last time in "Superior Spider-Man" #16 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos.
"X-Factor" #261 by Peter David and Neil Edwards brings Monet and Darwin together for one last fling.
Daisy Johnson and the Secret Avengers take on AIM in "Secret Avengers" #7 by Nick Spencer and company.
"Avengers Arena" #13 by Christos Gage and Karl Moline finally answers the question, "Who's looking for the missing teens?"
The "Dial H" saga concludes in the series' final issue by China Mieville and Alberto Ponticelli.
Red Mist finds himself at the mercy of his own family in "Kick-Ass 3" #2 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.