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Kelly has a degree in Sequential Art from The Savannah College of Art & Design. Her love of comics and superheroes have compelled her since she first discovered them as a teenager. Currently living in Manhattan with her boyfriend and a pitiful lack of pets, Kelly is the creator of CSBG's She Has No Head! and the 3 Chicks Review Comics Podcast, as well as CBR's VS! column. She's also a former CBR reviewer and a writer of comics and novels.
Kelly writes the "Jem and The Holograms" comic from IDW Publishing, is co-writer of Marvel's "Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps" and writer/creator of the graphic novel "Heart In A Box" from Dark Horse Comics. She's also published two novels -- "The Girl Who Would Be King" and "Storykiller." She's represented by The Irene Goodman Agency and managed by Principato Young.
FIRST COMIC: "Uncanny X-Men" #290
FAVORITE CHARACTER: Batman and a smorgasbord of female runner ups? Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Cass Cain/Batgirl, Rogue, Emma Frost, Michonne, Agent 355, Big Barda...the list goes on and on.
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W. Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo's "Elektra" #5 has an "energy and precisions" that elevates it to one of the best issues yet of the series.
Sony has announced that they're spinning off a female Spider-Man character into a film, and Kelly Thompson reveals who she thinks it should be.
Michael Alan Nelson and Dan Mora bring back "Hexed" for a new series, presenting "a solid story with a nice hook of an ending."
Charles Soule & Javier Pulido's "She-Hulk" #7 continues the duo's run on the series that is "a book unlike any out there right now."
Kelly Thompson takes a look at the Marvel cinematic universe and ranks the top 11 most significant female characters.
Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips wrap "Fatale" in extra-sized style for "an excellent example of the great modern comic."
Tim Seely, Tom King and Mikel Janin's "Grayson" #1 is "a solid start to an interesting new book and new direction for DC."
Skottie Young delivers an impressive debut issue of "Rocket Raccoon," "a nearly perfect book in concept and execution."
Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta's debut issue of "Outcast" is a high-quality "first installment of something much bigger and more ambitious."
Kelly Thompson revisits a 2012 column which broke down the ways women are not given equal visual presentation in comics. Has anything changed?
Mark Millar and Goran Parlov's "Starlight" #4 "revels in its nostalgia but also promises to mine new territory in exciting ways."
G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #4 is the definition of a well-constructed comic book with the perfect creative team.
In her latest column, Kelly Thompson explains why she's displeased with DC Comics' "Bombshell" variant covers and the crime of omission.
In her latest column, Kelly Thompson examines the way some readers try to silence critical discourse about comics -- and what can be done about it.
Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen's "All-New X-Men" #27 brings back the futuristic Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in an exciting issue.
Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki's original graphic novel "This One Summer" is "lovely, full of character and expertly restrained."
Brian Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming deliver a strong issue in "The United States of Murder, Inc." #1, with "legitimate surprises and solid world-building."
With several comic book adaptations on TV and more than a dozen in the works, Kelly Thompson examines them all and rates her excitement for each.
Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's "The Wake" #8 "continues to skirt that fine line between the magnificently epic and undeniably intimate with ease."
Kelly Thompson examines Marvel's five new female-led ongoings launched as a part of All-New Marvel NOW! -- and the prognosis is good.
The disintegration of family in both subtle and unsubtle ways takes center stage in Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's "Saga" #21.
W. Hayden Blackman and Mike Del Mundo's "Elektra" #4 is another example of absolutely stunning visuals propping up the story that struggles to find its center.
A new villain is afoot and making plans in Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch's "Rat Queens" #7.
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie deliver a gorgeous and fascinating second issue for their creator-owned "The Wicked + The Divine."
The time travel storyline in Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen's "All-New X-Men" #29 still offers a few surprises, but is beginning to wear a bit thin.
Tim Seeley, Tom King, and Mikel Janin give Dick Grayson a whole new world and mission with issue #1 of DC's new series, "Grayson."
Stjepan Sejic's "Death Vigil" #1 may be short on innovative plotting, but it's surprisingly fun and charming -- a solid start for a new series that doesn't take itself too seriously despite the stakes.
Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea De Vito's "Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy's Most Wanted" #1 is a pointless done in one story that feels definitively like a movie-tie-in cash grab.
Skottie Young's "Rocket Raccoon" #1 is a gorgeous, funny ride that simple revels in having a good time.
In a quieter issue of Terry Moore's "Rachel Rising" that is still filled with a fair amount of outright horror, our heroes and villains regroup and reassess.
The penultimate issue of Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb's "The Midas Flesh" finds the protagonists up against impossible odds that only become worse by the end.
Robert Kirkman's creepy new series "Outcast" has a ton of potential largely thanks to gorgeous visuals by Paul Azaceto and Elizabeth Breitweiser that find the perfect blend of humanity and horror.
It's the X-Men vs S.H.I.E.L.D., but only sort of, in Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo's "Uncanny X-Men" #22.
Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn's "Alex + Ada" #7 finds Alex and Ada facing the real world and the inherent complications of Ada's sentience.
Mark Millar and Goran Parlov's "Starlight" #4 finds hero Duke McQueen poised to become the leader of real revolution, complete with traitors.
Captain Marvel tries to rise above politics to help save a people from certain death in Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez's "Captain Marvel" #4.
A scientist's mesmonic invention conjures a dragon friend he created as a child and then sends them both through some sort of portal in Jim Zub and Felipe Andrade's "Figment" #1.
Vincent continues to train and educate Courtney/Gail in disturbing ways in Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens's "Madame Frankenstein" #2.
Vampirella embarks on a dangerous new mission that immediately goes awry in Nancy A. Collins and Patrick Berkenkotter's "Vampirella" #1.
Ted Naifeh's "Princess Ugg" #1 has rough edges and a lack of clarity that get in the way of an otherwise charming story with lots of potential.