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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The conclusion to the first "Secret Avengers" storyline feels a little flat.
Slowly but surely, "Batgirl" is pulling itself together into a respectable little book.
The B.P.R.D. gets a new subtitle and offers up a good jumping-on point for new readers.
When Cthulhu calls, it calls collect.
I have to hand it to all parties involved: this feels like it came immediately after "New Mutants" #54.
Zombies and ghosts and mummies! Oh my!
And now for something completely different.
"Hawkeye & Mockingbird" is fun, but there's that niggling feeling that it could be better.
I had to keep double-checking that the title of this comic is still "Secret Warriors" and not "S.H.I.E.L.D."
For those of us who didn't read the "Baltimore" novel, this mini-series starts off a bit slowly and predictably.
"X-Men Legacy" heads off to India but there's more to this story than a love for the country's delicious cuisine.
A Grant Morrison script undone by the art? Well, that's never happened before.
"Justice League: Generation Lost" gets a motivation more than "he's a bad guy."
There's a good idea in this issue of "Detective Comics," but it's not quite coming together.
Bedard brings back the Cyborg Superman and thankfully keeps his most interesting motivation on board.
This month's issue of "The Flash" feels both classic and modern at the same time, which is a nice twist.
The end of the first "Zatanna" storyline is a bit predictable, but the art is still gorgeous.
Sterling Gates moves "Supergirl" past the last year's worth of tie-ins and crossovers and goes back to making this title fun.
"Brightest Day" is still all over the map, creatively and fictionally.
"DC Universe Legacies" is bringing out the big artistic guns in this retelling of the world's history, but it's also a little dull.