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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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Tyler Crook has settled well into "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Russia" and brings the creepy to life.
Those looking to be offended with "Red Hood and the Outlaws" will probably need to look elsewhere.
"Legion of Super-Heroes" gets a little more focused for its second issue, but is it too late?
"Wonder Woman" continues to reinterpret Diana's world, and for the better.
If the old "Blue Beetle" run was even half as fun, I'm kicking myself for not reading it, but making up for lost time now.
"Resurrection Man" is back from the dead and spryer than ever.
"Deathstroke" tries to have its action cake and eat it too, but it bites off more than it can chew.
"Grifter" is light on story, but high on pretty action
Bad character designs aside, "Suicide Squad" is actually shaping up better than expected.
Tomasi and Gleason bring a pleasant consistency to "Batman and Robin."
"Mister Terrific" is sadly not terrific.
"Green Lantern" feels like it hasn't so much re- launched, as regressed.
"Starman" fans, prepare to rejoice.
"Stormwatch" is starting to find its groove this issue, with undertones of Paul Cornell's late, lamented "Captain Britain and MI: 13."
"Static Shock" is quickly settling down to a solid, middle-of-the-road comic.
Full of clichés, "Justice League International" doesn't come close to its namesake, alas.
Peter Milligan takes his time setting up the "Red Lanterns" status quo, but this is going to shed readers quickly if it doesn't get moving.
"Snarked" is off to a pleasant start, and the set- up for what's to come is strong.
"Swamp Thing" continues to change the rules for old readers while trying to draw in new ones.
"All-Star Western" delivers a pleasant enough opening issue, mixing westerns with the DC Universe.