Axel-In-Charge: Facing the 'Divided' Marvel NOW! Future
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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"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.
"Teen Titans" starts rebuilding the Geoff Johns era, but with a few changes.
"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.