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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"Superman" finally has his debut, and the end result is... a little dull.
"Green Lantern: New Guardians" might bore existing readers with its slow setup.
Paul Jenkins gives "Batman: The Dark Knight" a much needed boost, but it's still at the bottom of the heap.
Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis begin their rehab of Aquaman, and so far so good.
Abe Sapien is plunged into a traditional horror movie, and once it gets rolling, it never stops to catch its breath.
"Angel & Faith," like an actual angel, has restored my faith in the Buffyverse comics.
Nothing stops the new Juggernaut.
It's another "plot transition" chapter, which unfortunately has some out-of-character moments in order to propel us to the conclusion.
"Green Lantern Corps" is off to a slow start, but the little touches are what keep up your interest.
"DC Universe Presents" is saddled with an unfortunate name, hiding a quality comic behind the title.
The new "Supergirl" reboots Kara Zor-El once more, and makes her a stranger now more than ever.
Sexually suggestive poses are once more the main purpose for the "Catwoman" comic book.
"Daredevil" feels like two different comics grafted together, and the seams are showing.
"Resurrection Man" stays true to form, bringing itself back to life and with a new trick to boot.
"Batwoman" #1 picks up right where "Detective Comics" #863 left off a year and a half ago, and Williams and Blackman prove their writing chops.
It's a little exposition-heavy in places, but "Demon Knights" is off to a good start.
"Legion Lost" feels determined to shed everything that would make it unique, until you start to wonder why this is even a Legion-related comic.
"Superboy" retains a surprisingly high amount of the character's origin, while tweaking what was left out.
This is one of the stranger status quo shifts for "Thunderbolts," and I'm dying to see where Parker and Walker take us.
"Hawk & Dove" is a team book that is less than the sum of its parts.