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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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Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk's "Mockingbird" #1 "is an utter blast" with "incredibly strong narration" and "strong but graceful" artwork.
Victor Gischler and Will Conrad's "Angel & Faith: Season 10" #24 strikes "a good balance" between its two major conflicts.
Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas' "The Astonishing Ant-Man" #5 "has it all: it's funny, it's serious, it's touching, it's ridiculous."
Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell's "Jem and the Holograms" #12 "is another hit single."
"Super-powered crime noir is a strange and specialized genre, but Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson turn out a real winner" in "Astro City" #32.
"Thanks to a fun story, handsome art and some good colors from Marte Gracia, Dan Slott and Matteo Buffagni's 'Amazing Spider-Man' #8 is a winner."
Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" #14 "is the perfect example of why this series isn't just good -- it's great."
Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson and John Romita Jr. don't take the easy way out in "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #3.
Dan Slott and Michael Allred's "Silver Surfer" #2 is "an excellent issue by an excellent creative team."
Victor Gischler and Will Conrad's "Angel & Faith: Season 10" #23 "gives readers something to get excited about."
Nick Spencer, Joe Bennett and Belardino Brabo "give us a delightfully modern take on super villains" in "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #6.
Steve Orlando, ACO and Hugo Petrus' "Midnighter" #9 is "a startlingly clever and exciting comic."
Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas and Kris Anka "blend old and new elements in a genuinely pleasing way" in "Captain Marvel" #2.
"Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu tell a story that uses the visual language of comics with great success" in "Black Canary" #7.
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo's "Batman" #48 "takes the double-cliffhanger from last month... and makes both situations even tenser."
Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque's "Huck" #3 "is another charming issue... [with] art that quietly steals the show."
Max Landis and Joelle Jones' "Superman: American Alien" #3 "is a perfect example of everything that a relaunch should give its readers."
"Renae De Liz and Ray Dillion breathe new life into an old tale with 'The Legend of Wonder Woman' #1."
In Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's "Paper Girls" #4, "there's a level of skepticism and wariness that feels refreshing and real."
Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo find "a good approach that keeps things appropriately weird but don't lose sight of its menace" in "Doctor Strange" #4.
In "Superman" #51, Peter J. Tomasi and Mikel Janin kick off a storyline that has a distinctly different title than originally advertised, and one that now looks to lead directly into "Superman: Rebirth."
Charles Soule and Ron Garney's "Daredevil" #5 brings Daredevil and Blindspot's struggle against Tenfingers to an end, but this new installment leaves behind a lot of what made the earlier issues so appealing.
Brian Wood and Garry Brown's "Black Road" #1 plunges readers into Norway as the Norsemen and the Christians wage a vicious war of conversion, with Magnus the Black as our slightly unreliable.
Even as all of the characters start to converge in Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' "Saga" #35, some run the risk of arriving just too late to help.
"All-New X-Men" #7 is a tangential continuation of the previous storyline involving the Blob, but Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley's story -- which recasts Toad as a kind of Phantom figure -- never quite comes together.
"Batman and Robin Eternal" #26 wraps up the latest weekly Batman series, but James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder and a host of artists have curiously little tension here.
In "The Omega Men" #10, the battle for Karna breaks out in the Vega System -- but is there really victory in sight, or are Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda raising false hopes?
Greg Pak, Ian Churchill and Tom Denerick draw on both "Teen Titans" and "Wonder Woman" continuity in "Teen Titans" #18, where the Titans find themselves in-between Cassandra and Wonder Woman.
Al Ewing and Marcus To's "New Avengers" #8 brings the series' stories to a screeching halt and jettisons some of its charm in the process when it gets pulled into the "Standoff" crossover.
Meredith Finch, David Finch, Johnny Desjardins and Miguel Mendonca bring "Wonder Woman" to its 50th issue, but it feels like little more than an attempt to finish dismantling the previous creators' ideas.
As "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #25 gears up for its finale, Christos Gage and Megan Levens unleash a nasty surprise on both the readers and characters alike.
Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Paolo Rivera and Joe Rivera's "Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 - Beyond the Fences" #2 is like a nice, warm bath: a comforting way to unwind, relax and enjoy.
"All-New, All-Different Avengers" #7 may be part of the "Standoff" crossover, but Mark Waid and Adam Kubert make this issue welcoming to anyone who hasn't read a previous chapter.
"Huck" #5 plunges further into Huck's origin as he's dragged back to Russia, but Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque's comic was more engrossing when it was less about Huck's powers and more about his personality.
A lot of the suspense of the series is gone now that everything's out in the open, but James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando, Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez still offer up some good hooks for "Batman and Robin Eternal" #24.
"Apocalypse Wars" kicks off in "Extraordinary X-Men" #8, where Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos bring back an old, forgotten villain, while Lemire and Victor Ibanez drop in on Doctor Strange.
Max Landis and Francis Manapul turn out a spectacular comic in "Superman: American Alien" #5, where Clark Kent's encounters with Parasite, Lex Luthor and Lois Lane make him a superhero.
Brian Michael Bendis' "International Iron Man" #1 is primarily a flashback to Tony Stark's college-age years, but it's Alex Maleev's art that's the selling point.
"Legends of Tomorrow" #1 has virtually no connection to the television show, but -- viewed on its own merits -- its three stories are well worth reading.
The backup feature in "Doctor Strange" #6 has a lot of fun snapshots of a world without magic, which ultimately serves to balance out a slightly dreary and one-note main feature from Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo and company.