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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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"Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" #1 looks beautiful, but there's not much behind the great art.
"The Shade" begins to wind down, but not before Frazer Irving steps into the artist seat.
Jason Aaron's "Stay Angry" storyline in "Incredible Hulk" is entertaining, but also quickly falling into a pattern.
Ed Benes joins writer Tony S. Daniel for "Detective Comics" #10, kicking off a new storyarc for the Dark Knight.
"Worlds' Finest" #2 explores the backstory of Power Girl and Huntress while introducing a new villain for a present-day slugfest.
"Dial H" #2 isn't as crazy-awesome as the first issue, but Mieville and Santolouco still provide enough enticements to read more.
"Uncanny X-Men" #13 tries to balance its own plots with "Avengers vs. X-Men" with some success but also a bit of slowness.
Grant Morrison takes "Action Comics" into a flashback that doesn't mesh with present day stories, but is intriguing nonetheless.
Opening "Before Watchmen" comics with "Minutemen" #1 by Darwyn Cooke was an extremely smart move on DC's part.
Victor Gischler and Will Conrad wrap up their run on "X-Men" with a bit of a thud rather than a bang.
"The New Deadwardians" manages to stick zombies and vampires into a story and make it still feel unique.
"Angel & Faith" #10 is not only the best issue of the series to date, it's up there with a lot of episodes of "Angel" for sheer quality.
If the TARDIS and NCC-1701-D are meeting, you know the Borg and the Cybermen are somehow involved.
It doesn't matter if you're equally confused on what "Ame-Comi" is, this is a fun (and inexpensive) Wonder Woman story.
The "Animal Man Annual" flashes back to the past as well as gives a glimpse of the future.
With "Youngblood" #71, Liefeld's relaunches didn't save the best for last.
"All-Star Western," not to be left out of the fun, has its own "Night of the Owls" tie-in. Despite being set quite some time in the past.
Judd Winick steps in to helm "Batman: The Dark Knight" as it enters the "Night of the Owls."
"Hulk" #52 concludes the "Haunted Hulk" storyline with the Legion of Monsters, which feels somewhat fitting.
"Astonishing X-Men" #50 is in the news over Northstar and his boyfriend Kyle's engagement. What's inside is another story.