Axel-In-Charge: Facing the 'Divided' Marvel NOW! Future
I started reading comics at the ripe old age of 13, well after most of my peers got hooked by that "G.I. Joe" commercial. But I haven't stopped reading since. I gave up counting how many comics sit in longboxes throughout the house years ago. Someday soon, I hope to count my comics by the megabyte.
My entrée into the world of writing about comics was in the letters columns of the 1990s, most prominently in "Savage Dragon" and DC's "Star Trek" series. I entered the on-line world -- well, back in 1986 on Q-Link, but I wasn't reading or talking about comics yet at that point, so nevermind. I started up on USENET and CompuServe in the mid-1990s, and eventually tried writing my own review column (creatively titled "Augie's Reviews"), which eventually became Pipeline in 1998. Pipeline has run every week since, without a break, and even ran twice a week for a couple of years, and alongside the first comic book podcast for nearly six years. I was the original editor of CBR's "The Commentary Track" feature, and now edit the CBR Reviews section.
I'm a computer programmer by trade, and a photographic enthusiast in addition to my sequential narrative habit. My wife enjoys Tom Beland's "True Story, Swear to God," while my daughter enjoys the works of Sandra Boynton, Dr. Seuss, and a tattered copy of "Little Lulu."
FIRST COMIC: "Amazing Spider-Man" #318
FAVORITE CHARACTER: Savage Dragon, Ultimate Spider-Man, Oracle, Jubilee, Asterix, Largo Winch
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This week, Pipeline takes a look at what's in your future, with comics arriving in stores in June; Plus a look at the latest Astronauts in Trouble mini-series and some updates on last week's columns.
In this second part, Augie dissects DC's recent fifth week event, Sins of Youth. Can Peter David and Todd Nauck pull off a credible ending? Read Pipeline2 to find out!
Augie takes a long hard look at the books in DC's "Sins of Youth" event week. Is this the best 5th week event DC has ever done?
In part two of his exploration into the concept of open source comics, Augie proposes the Comic Book Public License.
A detailed look at the 100th issues of X-Men and Superman: The Man of Steel; Plus shorter reviews of Strange Kiss, X-Man, Young Justice, and more!
Where do computer programming methodologies and comic books mix? This week in Pipeline2, Augie examines the potential of
A preview of Image's new Wahoo Morris series; Plus reviews of J.U.D.G.E. #1, Generation X, Adventures of Superman, and more!
Finals words on both the writer/artist and ABC challenger topics; Plus a look at comics hitting the comic shop in May.
Lots of reviews, including Batgirl #2, Savage Dragon #71, Gen Active #1, Batman Gotham Adventures #24, as well as Fantasia 2000; Plus, the return of the Pipeline Ad of the Week.
Jim Salicrup comments on the passing of George Roussos; Augie presents his picks for best writer/artist.
The new issue of Batman sets Augie off into a brief lesson in comic book dialogue; Plus reviews of Authority #12, Flash #159, and Action Comics #764.
Comics veteran George Roussos dies; A first look at Chris Eliopoulos' new comic strip; and your nominations for best writer/artists of the past decade!
Reviews, reviews, reviews! Augie takes on Kin #1, Rising Stars #5, Robin #75, Gen13 #50, and the new Comics Scene Magazine. Plus assorted silliness and comics awards talk.
A look at Stan Lee's new Internet venture: What does it mean for the future of the business of comics?
Is F5 worth looking forward to? Is the new Punisher up to the task? Does Nightwing need further explanation? And when do comics get distributed? All this and more in this week's Pipeline Commentary and Review.
Augie takes a look at books solicited for the month of April, including a Strange Kiss script book, the independent Taxman, Image's Powers, DC's Superman/Gen13, and more!
Production quality in X-Men: The Hidden Years suffers! Storytelling 101 with Batgirl #1! And reviews of Superman #155 and Astronauts in Trouble: Space: 1959 #1!
So if America's Best Comics live up to their name, who is second best? And what writers and artists teamed up to make magic in the 90s?
Pipeline takes a look at longevity in comics, and detailed reviews of Gatecrasher, Batman, Savage Dragon, and JLA: Created Equal.
This week's Pipeline2 takes an in-depth look at the works of Jinx creator and Eisner Award winner Brian Michael Bendis.