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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"Resident Alien" #3 brings Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse's first mini-series to a conclusion, but with more scheduled for later this year there isn't a sense of finality present.
Two issues into the updated creative team of Gregg Hurwitz and David Finch, "Batman: The Dark Knight" #11's story of the Scarecrow's latest experiment is turning out to be a hit.
"Wolverine & the X-Men" #14 lets Jason Aaron and Jorge Molina show us a side-story of "Avengers vs. X-Men" as Colossus and Shadowcat go on a date -- and unsurprisingly, disaster ensues.
"FF" #20 is now more than ever an overflow title for "Fantastic Four," its apparent purpose being to help Jonathan Hickman wrap up storylines like the Inhumans' status in the Marvel Universe.
"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Exorcism" #2 brings Mike Mignola and Cameron Stewart's story of a long term possession to an attractive-looking but slightly predictable conclusion.
"DC Universe Presents" #11 wraps up James Robinson and Bernard Chang's story about Vandal Savage and his daughter Kass, but it feels a little too simple to be truly satisfying.
"The Infernal Man-Thing" is ill-served by its new format, but is a good (if unintentional) swan song for the late Steve Gerber, as well as a showcase for Kevin Nowlan.
"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine" wraps up Devon and Fenix's train-ride of terror in a satisfying way, even as the next mini-series is prepped for its debut around the corner.
"Glory" #28 plunges Glory and Riley into a hideous battle, even as more questions are raised about which side is "right."
"X-Men" #32 continues Brian Wood and David Lopez's story about proto-mutants -- and for a comic set mostly on a plane it's quite gripping.
"Justice League" #11's overall ideas involving the ghosts of loved ones aren't bad, but this chapter in particular feels like everyone's vamping for time before the big conclusion.
"Resurrection Man" begins to wind down, and that feeling of déjà vu is for anyone who read the original series in the '90s.
People will be talking about the last page of "Swamp Thing" #11, but the rest of the issue has a lot to recommend, too.
"Dark Avengers" juggles two stories simultaneously, and the end result is amusing.
"Fantastic Four Annual" #33 brings back Alan Davis' "ClanDestine" characters, in a comic that both stands on its own and is also part of a bigger story.
Two issues in, "The Massive" is as much travelogue as adventure and the combination is fantastic.
"Eerie Comics" comes back to life, but this revival feels a bit too dated.
Buffy gets a new job in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9" #11 and this time it's one that actually looks like a good fit.
"X-Factor" starts to feel like it's meandering again, and that's not a good thing.
"Earth 2" #3 is really two different comics grafted together and it's pity the two halves clash so much.