PREVIEWS: "Civil War II," "Punisher" & More Marvel Comics on Sale June 1, 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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The exposition arrives in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9" #8 to explain last month's surprise cliffhanger, and everything grinds to a halt.
"Demon Knights" explains the relationship of the Demon and Madame Xanadu in a "he said, she said" narrative.
"Saucer Country" #2 proves that its strong first issue wasn't just a hallucination, sun spot, or weather balloon.
"Adventure Time" remains ridiculously fun, a perfect adaptation of the show.
"Thief of Thieves" adds another piece to the puzzle that is the series' protagonist Redmond's life.
"The Secret of the Indigo Tribe" is starting to bring some pep back into "Green Lantern."
"Courtney Crumrin" brings back the title character in a new, color, ongoing series. And so far, it's off to a great start.
"iZombie" begins its endgame as we see the last attempted apocalypse in the '70s.
"Fanboys vs. Zombies" is another zombie story, only with the numbers filed off and replaced with geek references.
Credit where it's due, what should have been a disastrous "New Mutants" sequel has turned out to be quite fun.
"Avengers Academy" concludes its arc guest-starring the Runaways, but it feels like the comic loses steam halfway through.
"Fairest" #2 has the fairest art in the land, but the story fails to grab one's attention.
"Wolverine & The X-Men" #8 ties up a loose end from last issue so that "Avengers vs. X-Men" can begin its tie-in shortly.
One final Alan Moore script for "Supreme" is published and it makes me yearn for a high-quality collection or two of the rest of his run.
Joshua Williamson continues his recasting of "Voodoo," but some parts work better than others.
"Justice League Dark" and "I, Vampire" start a crossover with a smooth and easy transition for an opening chapter.
"Superman" #7 presents a promising start to the new arc with an excellent new creative team.
"Death Race" comes to a conclusion as "American Vampire" ends its quarter-century with a cliffhanger.
A new "Astonishing X-Men" creative team means a new cast of characters, which holds some promise.
"Bloodstrike" is the next Extreme Studios book to be resurrected, although in the case of "Bloodstrike," that's more literal than you might think.