PREVIEWS: "Daredevil," "Uncanny X-Men," & More Marvel Comics On Sale August 3, 2016
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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Duane Swierczynski, Manuel Garcia, Arturo Lozzi, and Matt Ryan make "Bloodshot" #2 a successful mix of espionage and horror, as Bloodshot struggles to separate fiction from reality even as the limits to his powers emerge.
"Wonder Woman" #12 rounds out its first year with a bang, as Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang bring us to the birth of Zola's baby... and the multiple cliffhanger surprises were sitting under our noses all along.
Batwoman needs someone to help her chase the mythical, and J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman use that as an opportunity to create their own "World's Finest" in "Batwoman" #12 as Wonder Woman guest-stars.
"New Mutants" #47 begins the wind-down of the series, and Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Felix Ruiz follow up from the previous storyline with a story about alternate realities sneaking up on you.
Erik Larsen's run on "Supreme" continues with what feels like two very different books deliberately grafted together; one about the Liefeld-created Supreme, the other about the Moore-revamped Supreme -- but one half is better than the other
Caitlin R. Kiernan and Steve Lieber's "Alabaster: Wolves" #5 brings the mini-series to a violent, explosive conclusion, and show that none of its main characters will be the same as when it began.
Simone Bianchi's art for "Wolverine" #311 is eye-catching, but the story involving the resurrection of Sabretooth still feels unimpressive with this second installment.
"Suicide Squad" #12 hits the end of its first year with Adam Glass and Fernando Dagnino revealing the Squad's traitor, even as their mission to stop Basilisk in Mexico slides helplessly from bad to worse.
Len Wein's story in "Before Watchmen: Ozymandias" #2 is competent if forgettable, but Jae Lee's artwork is so beautiful that it's absolutely worth taking a look how this creator's talent is exploding off the page.
Meredith Gran continues the first "Adventure Time" spin-off with "Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens" #2, but this second chapter has lost a little bit of the shine.
"Conan the Barbarian" #7 kicks off a new story arc courtesy Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan, as Conan and Bêlit travel to Conan's home village and the Queen of the Black Coast discovers a demotion of sorts to her own status.
With the Owls vanquished, "Batman" #12 lets Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan and Andy Clarke shift to a satisfying story that focuses on a supporting character from an earlier issue.
China Mieville and Mateus Santolouco's "Dial H" continues to come up with big crazy ideas involving Nullomancers and other dimensions, even as the pair carefully weave together part of a larger tapestry.
Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajic show us what happens when "Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe," but it turns out that scenario lacks any real spark.
The "Rotworld" crossover between "Animal Man" and "Swamp Thing" begins with a large chunk of exposition courtesy Jeff Lemire, Scott Snyder and Steve Pugh, but gets moving nicely afterwards.
Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry revive "Archer & Armstrong," and while it's not up to the Barry Windsor-Smith levels of greatness, it's still good enough to sit up and take notice.
Grant Morrison, Rags Morales and a back-up cast of thousands wrap up the first year of "Action Comics" with a slightly flat conclusion to Superman's new secret identity and the mysterious Neo Sapiens.
Peter David and Leonard Kirk kick off their status quo-changing storyline in "X-Factor" #241, and for an opening chapter, it feels on track.
Christos Gage and Tom Grummett kick off "Final Exam" in "Avengers Academy" #34, and for an "everything changes" storyline, this opening chapter appears to deliver.
Jeff Lemire, Cully Hamner and Derec Donovan revive an old character in "National Comics: Eternity" and it's easily the best revamp formerly-Kid Eternity's had in ages.