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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"War of the Green Lanterns" officially kicks off, and it's good if not great.
What promised to be a silly issue of "Fables" turns out to be more serious than you'd think.
Some of the out-of-character behavior is explained, but "Batman: The Dark Knight" is not proving to be worthy of its delays.
"Supergirl" has some fun guest stars, but also throws away what briefly made it different.
Our John Constantine, he's a nasty one.
It's a whale of a tale.
It's taken 15 years, but "Xombi" is back. That's a very good thing.
As the siege of Paris heats up, Wood and Gane bring the goods.
In which "Generation Hope" has to justify being a team in the new non-team era of the X-Men.
"Thunderbolts" gets all mystical and stuff.
A tie-in to a cancelled series? That sounds like a blast.
"Adventure Comics" makes the Legion Academy fun, and it sure looks pretty too.
There's potential in "Weird Worlds" but so far it's not quite living up to it.
Despite a last minute artist change, it's still an enjoyable issue of "Batgirl."
Welcome to Titans Torture Theatre.
Are you ready to dance the scorpion tango?
The Legion of Super-Villains is back, and this time they've got a plan.
Another quasi-Elseworlds project from Marvel, but one without a strong focus.
Another good issue of "Sweet Tooth" stands out thanks to an indy artist superstar lineup.
"Secret Six" ramps up the heat, figuratively and literally.