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I first discovered the joy of comics in 1980 when some girls on my school bus brought in their father's copies of Wendy and Richard Pini's "Elfquest" and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, I've written freelance interviews and articles for "Wizard" (going all the way back to the first issue), headed up the Small Press Expo and the Ignatz Awards, served as an Eisner judge and written reviews regularly since 1999 (first for iComics.com, then moving to my own site Read About Comics).
I moved to the Washington DC area in 1974 and have yet to leave. I design and develop training for the Federal government during the day, and I've had both fiction and non-fiction professionally published. In my spare time I train for marathons and triathlons. I've promised my friends one of these days I'll run a race dressed as the Flash.
FIRST COMIC: "Elfquest" #5
FAVORITE CHARACTER: Fone Bone, Captain Britain, Rachel Summers Grey
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Jaimie Reyes and Ted Kord's combined returns are a perfect example of DC's overall Rebirth goals.
Rob Williams, Jim Lee and Jason Fabok continue to align their "Suicide Squad" comic with its cinematic counterpart.
Julie Benson, Shawna Benson and Claire Roe's "Batgirl and the Birds of Prey" #1 is a good start to the ongoing series.
The League's battle to save Earth from mass assimilation takes an unexpected twist leaving readers wondering, who's right, and who's wrong?
Attempts at synergy between comics and live-action often go awry, but DC's approach for "Supergirl" looks like it's going to work well.
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When you have multiple versions of numerous characters in a single universe, nobody is safe.
The new series brings a familiar character back to the spotlight, as Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Boomerang continue their stints on the Squad.
Hal Jordan's a Green Lantern once more, but what about the rest of the Corps? And how does Sinestro fit into the current GLC status quo?
Is a classic enemy, not seen since before "Flashpoint," responsible for Wally West's existence being wiped from the DC Universe's collective memory?
Simon Oliver and Moritat's "Hellblazer: Rebirth" #1 is the most deliberate and successful attempt to evoke the spirit of the original "Hellblazer" series.
Bryan Hitch, Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Florea's "Justice League" #1 feels like an epic feel like a summer movie transformed into a print event.
The band gets back together, as the Rebirth one-shot establishes how, exactly, Batgirl/Oracle, Black Canary and Huntress coalesce as a team.
Gotham and Gotham Girl's secret origin is revealed, and the return of a bad guy teases even more ties to the pre-Flashpoint DCU.
Tim Seeley & Yanick Paquette build on past glories, celebrating pre-Flashpoint aspects of the character while setting the stage for all-new challenges and foes.
Tom King and David Finch introduce a pair of dynamic duos operating on Batman's turf -- but are [Spoiler] and [Spoiler] here to save the city, or destroy it?
Superman's son takes one more step toward grabbing his legacy, and what does the arrival of [REDACTED] mean for the Man of Steel's future?
Dan Abnett, Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher's "Aquaman" #2 goes down a far more interesting road than its first issue.
Tom King and David Finch introduce a pair of dynamic duos operating in Batman's city -- but are [Spoiler] and [Spoiler] here to save Gotham, or destroy it?
Bryan Hitch's "Justice League: Rebirth" #1 finds a balance between existing as part of the DC Universe and telling its own independent story.
Charles Soule, Szymon Kudranski and Mast's "Daredevil/Punisher" #2 feels a little light on plot, but that may have something to do with the issue having an origin as an "infinite comic."
"Jem and the Holograms" #16 wraps up Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell's "Dark Jem" storyline, but the conclusion feels a little too easy considering how much danger there was leading up to this moment.
"All-New, All-Different Avengers" #11 suffers a bit from "middle chapter syndrome," but Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar still manage to make the Avengers' fight against Annihilus entertaining and fun.
Things go from bad to worse for the future of both humanity and mutants in Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos' "Extraordinary X-Men" #11, which pits the X-Men against the Horsemen of Apocalypse.
Nick Spencer and Angel Unzueta tie "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #10 into "Civil War II" with the funeral of James Rhodes, even as the title explores what it's like to be a minority suffering a loss.
Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett and company give us a closer look into the mind of Lex Luthor in "Justice League" #52, which serves as a prelude to this month's issues of "Action Comics."
"Civil War II: Choosing Sides" #1 includes stories about Nick Fury, Night Thrasher and Damage Control, all of which having nothing to do with the parent title's conceit of heroes choosing sides.
In "Aquaman" #1, Dan Abnett, Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy play up the sovereign nation aspect of the ruler of Atlantis, but this first chapter of "The Drowning" is a little too uneven.
Mark Waid and Veronica Fish's "Archie" #9 may be a typical "upper class person befuddled by lower class lifestyle" story, but it's one that has real heart, and that makes all the difference.
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro refuse to take the easy way out in "Bitch Planet" #8, where we learn where Kamau's sister is being held.
Christopher Hastings and Langdon Foss' "Vote Loki" #1 finds the god of lies running for office, but this debut issue never quite clicks into place.
In "The Sixth Gun" #50, Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt wind down their long-running western/horror/fantasy with the apocalypse that was impossible to avoid.
In "Justice League" #51, Dan Abnett, Paul Pelletier and Sandra Hope flash back to the early days of the League, when they first met Robin, and it's is surprisingly fun.
There's an interesting story lurking within the pages of "Uncanny X-Men's" contribution to "Apocalypse Wars," but Cullen Bunn and Ken Lashley's latest chapter has almost no actual plot progression as its characters inch
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In Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt's "Green Arrow" #1, Black Canary issues Oliver a warning about his crime-fighting methods, even as danger looms heavily around the corner.
Situations look dire in Hope Larson and Brittney Williams' "Goldie Vance" #3, even as there's hope that Goldie may still solve the case and make things right for everyone.
In "The Wicked + The Divine" #20, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie spill the beans and reveal how Laura survived death at Ananke's hands, even as the gods continue to choose sides with Minerva's life on the line.
Dan Abnett and Emilio Laiso's "Civil War II: Gods of War" #1 should really just be renamed "Hercules" #7.
In "Daredevil" #8, Charles Soule and Goran Sudzuka give us a high-stakes Texas Hold 'Em tournament in Macau and prove that sometimes you don't need to see cards to know what's in front of you.