INTERVIEW: Gail Simone Guides 'Blockbuster Update' of Red Sonja, Vampirella and Dejah Thoris
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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If this is the last of the Marvel cosmic books for a while, it's going out with a fairly large bang.
Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel return to the final moments of "Batman R.I.P." and provide the bridge to "Final Crisis" that readers had wanted.
This final issue of "Second Coming" is mostly epilogue, but it also sets up new status quos for most of the main mutant titles.
"Doctor Who Annual 2010" is a mixed bag, but there are some good elements that should make a fan happy.
Fresh off its Free Comic Book Day debut, "The Sixth Gun" wastes no time with its second issue.
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"Hellboy: The Storm" begins the conclusion to the Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo storyline, and with a bang at that.
Didn't we already see this, and it was called "X-Men: Misfits" instead?
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Beyond the gimmick, there's not enough oomph in "Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip" to carry it forward.
An uncharacteristically weak script from John Arcudi and a fill-in artist drawing some pages means a poor finale.
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No Superman? No problem.
"X-Factor" finishes its "Second Coming" tie-in with not so much a bang, but a thud.
The stories are slight, but still a joy to read.
Crime noir Killer Croc.
"American Vampire" slays the competition.