Kiel Phegley

Staff Writer
Chicago, IL
Flint, MI

What it is. My name is Kiel, former News Editor of CBR, now staff writer and teacher.

Before I worked for CBR, I was a staff writer at something called Wizard Magazine that used to be around comic shops and stuff.

Aside from the comics stuff, I'm somewhat diligently pursuing a masters degree in writing for children. I live in Chicago now but originally hail from the hardest working town in America: Flint, Michigan. If you ever meet me, remember that I give great high fives.


FIRST COMIC: It's a toss up between "Batman" #436 and "Web of Spider-Man" Annual #4. I bought them both in the same summer, and liked Batman WAY better is all I can recall.

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Tim Drake, Bleu L. Finnegan, Jack Knight, Scott Pilgrim

Articles By Kiel Phegley

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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: "National Comics: Looker" #1

Wed, August 15th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Courtesy of DC Comics comes an exclusive first look from inside "National Comics Looker" #1 from artist Mike S. Miller, showcasing the gory and gossipy sides of the supermodel-turned-vampire.

Moore & Reppion Make "Damsels" Dangerous

Tue, August 14th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

In Dynamite Entertainment's new series, the writing team of Leah Moore and John Reppion remix classic princesses like Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty & the Little Mermaid and the concept of the sexy fairy tale with "Damsels."

Joe Kubert (1926 - 2012): Stylist, Educator & Legend

Mon, August 13th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

CBR pays tribute to the late, great Joe Kubert with a look at his life in comics from teenage years drawing Golden Age superhero comics through pioneering education efforts and through to award-winning graphic novels.

Marvel's Next Big Thing: DeConnick On "Avengers Assemble"

Mon, August 13th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Marvel Comics movie-inspired Avengers series continues as Kelly Sue DeConnick and Stefano Caselli take control of "Avengers Assemble," and the writer describes her plans for Hulk and Iron Man's relationship, Spider-Woman's return and more.

Image & Kirkman Tease Death In "Invincible" #100

Mon, August 13th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

After a high profile sales performance from his "Walking Dead" series 100th issue, Robert Kirkman is getting the ball rolling on hype for his Image superhero comic "Invincible" #100 with a tease of a cast member's demise.

RIP Joe Kubert, Comics Legendary Artist, Teacher & Father

Sun, August 12th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Legendary artist and teacher Joe Kubert has died, leaving acclaimed military, adventure, journalistic and historical comics, characters from Hawkman to Sgt. Rock and generations of artists including his sons Adam and Andy. [UPDATED]

COMMENTARY TRACK: James Asmus On "Gambit" #1

Fri, August 10th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

From the mutant thief's half naked introduction to his plans to take on the Marvel U, the "Gambit" solo series gets dissected by writer James Asmus as he promises new villains, new ideas and the same New Orleans charm.

DC Announces Superman Crossover "H'el On Earth"

Fri, August 10th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

In November, Superman, Superboy and Supergirl find themselves embroiled in a battle with a horrific Kryptonian threat known as H'el as their three titles cross over for the first time in the New 52.

Fraction, Bagley & Allred Official On "Fantastic Four"/"FF"

Thu, August 9th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

The latest Marvel NOW! creative switch up sees writer Matt Fraction brings a new twist to "The Fantastic Four" with Mark Bagley while a second team consisting of Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Medussa and Miss Thing star in "FF" with Mike Allred.

Rob Liefeld Soldiers On With "Hawkman," "Grifter" & "Deathstroke"

Wed, August 8th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Writer/artist Rob Liefeld discusses the attraction in bringing WildStorm characters into the DCU, creating Hawkman's new Thanagar, revealing Deathstroke's new past and his next Image project.

Warner Bros. Reportedly Seeks Ben Affleck For "Justice League"

Wed, August 8th, 2012 | Category: TV, Film

If DC Comics premier superteam ends up being the next big screen step for Warner Bros. Studios, then actor/director Ben Affleck may be at the helm to bring Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman together...but who would he play?

Mark Waid Readies "Thrillbent" Phase Two

Tue, August 7th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

With the successful launch of his own proof of concept digital series "Insufferable" well under way, Mark Waid prepares to open the floodgates to Top Cow's Pilot Season, new series, new creators and a planned mobile app.

THE BAT SIGNAL: Grant Morrison Builds On the Past for "Batman Incorporated"

Mon, August 6th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Just because "Batman Incorporated" ends with issue #12, Grant Morrison hasn't stopped tapping Bat History, with new reinventions of characters, new secrets and new storytelling tricks still in store.

"The Dark Knight" Sales Effect, Vertigo's Future & Digital Rankings

Mon, August 6th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

DC Comics' Bob Wayne and John Cunningham discuss July sales as "Before Watchmen" to "Batman: Earth One" perform strongly alongside "The Walking Dead's" major performance. Plus, an exclusive look at DC's top 20 digital titles.

Benito Cereno Crosses "The Tick" With "Madman"

Fri, August 3rd, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Continuing the 100th issue saga that started with Robert Kirkman's Invincible, writer Benito Cereno welcomes Mike Allred's Madman to "The Tick" while investigating the death of Arthur and musing on Ben Edlund's original comics.

THE BAT SIGNAL: Gregg Hurwitz Makes "The Dark Knight" A "Survivor"

Fri, August 3rd, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

The writer behind the latest run of David Finch's "Batman: The Dark Knight" explores the psychological side of Bruce Wayne and the Scarecrow while prepping origin #0 issues and his new novel "The Survivor."

Ian Edginton Vamps Up "National Comics: Looker"

Thu, August 2nd, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

In the latest one-shot reinventing a DC character for the New 52, Ian Edginton takes former Outsider Looker to her vampiric supermodel heights in a story that's part business, part murder.

CBR TV @ CCI 2012: Andrew Chambliss & Christos Gage Prepare the End of "Buffy Season 9"

Thu, August 2nd, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

The writing duo behind the canonical continuation of Joss Whedon's slaying heroine, Andrew Chambliss and Christos Gage tell all on the impending end of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9" from Giles' past to Spike's future.

Marvel NOW! Brings Gillen & Land To "Iron Man"

Mon, July 30th, 2012 | Category: Comic Books

Marvel Comics is ready to roll out the next wave of their Marvel NOW! relaunch titles, and today the publisher teased a new start for "Invincible Iron Man" from creators Keiron Gillen and Greg Land.

WB Animation Changes "Beware The Batman" In Light of Shootings

Fri, July 27th, 2012 | Category: TV, Film

The fallout from the tragic Aurora, Colorado shootings continues to impact Warner Bros. plans for the Dark Knight as the studio's animation department announces changes to its incoming "Beware The Batman" animated series.