Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
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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How about a little rabbit for your pre- Thanksgiving dinner?
"iZombie" is about as dependable as they come, which is a good thing.
"Captain Atom" is pulling a "superhero as deity" storyline, but so far it's not new territory.
"Nightwing" has turned out to be a pleasant, by- the-books superhero comic.
Don't let the joking fool you, "X-Factor" is in some dark territory.
Little by little, "Justice League" is coming together, and by that I don't just mean the main characters.
Blink's back! But not the one you all knew and loved in "Exiles."
A slow build to a nasty revelation is part of what makes "Batman" so great.
"Superboy" continues to be pleasantly fun, with a last-page reveal that most figured out two issues ago.
Let's face it, this is really "Justice League Medieval."
"Huntress" brings a solid hero-versus-crime- family story to life.
This might be familiar ground for the Penguin, but it's so enjoyable I can't complain.
"Batgirl" is all over the place, but not in a good way.
This issue is more "Robin and Batman" than "Batman and Robin," and I like it.
"Batwing" isn't bad, but it's losing a bit of steam.
"Men of War" loses a bit of what made the first two issues more interesting, but at least the back-up story concludes.
It's the flashback within a flashback that will grab your attention.
"The Strange Talent of Luther Strode" is strange and disturbing, and its creators are talented. There's even someone called Luther Strode.
Never mind that this is part 2 of 3, "American Vampire" #20 stands on its own wonderfully.
"All-Star Western" adds an El Diablo backup to the mix, and it's devilishly fun.