Augie De Blieck Jr.

Columnist
Wayne, NJ
North Haledon, NJ
Mar 3, 1976

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

Articles By Augie De Blieck Jr.

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Pipeline - 7/12

Tue, July 12th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

In the final installment of Pipeline at CBR, Augie looks back at 17 years of covering the comics industry.

Pipeline - 7/05

Tue, July 5th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Augie explains why "Black Science" is a can't miss series, hints at big developments in "Waking Dead," and revisits DC's "Batman/Superman."

Pipeline - 6/28

Tue, June 28th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

When Mark Waid & Mike Wieringo joined forces for "Fantastic Four," it started off with a bang. What do their first two pages together teach us?

Pipeline - 6/21

Tue, June 21st, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"Manifest Destiny" presents an alternate history of the United States, filled with horrific creatures, plant zombies, and fantastic art and writing.

Pipeline - 6/14

Tue, June 14th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron's "Star Wars" has the same feel and sense of humor as the films, and with John Cassaday's art, the first story arc was a fanboy's dream come true.

Pipeline - 6/07

Tue, June 7th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"Zootopia" hits all the right notes, adding more texture, diversity and emotion to the genre than previous funny animal films.

Pipeline - 5/31

Tue, May 31st, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Cap's "Hail HYDRA" moment has launched a brand new meme, while Kevin Maguire's humor-infused Bravura title holds up two decades from its debut.

Pipeline - 5/24

Tue, May 24th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Alan Young's death sparks thoughts of the divide between TV and comics Uncle Scrooges while "DC Universe: Rebirth" shows the extent of DC's woes.

Pipeline - 5/17

Tue, May 17th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Darwyn Cooke was a master storyteller whose medium just happened to be comics, thankfully for us.

Pipeline - 5/10

Tue, May 10th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Pipeline begins a deeper look at Marvel's recent Star Wars comics, starting with high praise for "Princess Leia" by Mark Waid and the Dodsons.

Pipeline - 5/03

Tue, May 3rd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Pipeline looks Image's "Spawn" and "Walking Dead" coloring books, BKV and Skroce's "We Stand on Guard" in hardcover, and a Frank Cho art collection.

Pipeline - 4/26

Tue, April 26th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Adam Hughes wrote and drew "Ordinary Heroes," a two part Gen13 miniseries, 20 years ago. It's flawed, but beautifully presented.

Pipeline - 4/19

Tue, April 19th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jim Lee and John Byrne are all over Marvel's Fall releases, and what do Fred Hembeck and Scottie Young have in common? The Avengers!

Pipeline - 4/12

Tue, April 12th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

The Gen13 zine is one of the most interesting artifacts of fan communities in comics of the '90s. Cosplay, interviews, fan art, the works!

Pipeline - 4/05

Tue, April 5th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"Blood Stain" brings Linda Sejic's slice of life webcomic to print, with lots of bonuses, and "Mega Spirou" is a mega value.

Pipeline - 3/29

Tue, March 29th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Augie revisits Adam Hughes and Lee Bermejo's story, where Gen13 and Superman stop an amnesiac Fairchild from destroying the city as Supergirl.

Pipeline - 3/22

Tue, March 22nd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Augie revisits Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck's year with Nightcrawler, giving him a love triangle and a set of Bamf sidekicks.

Pipeline - 3/15

Tue, March 15th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Pipeline brings you four rules for maximum comics reading enjoyment, and ponders the upcoming superhero team fight in "Captain America: Civil War."

Pipeline - 3/08

Tue, March 8th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

The adult coloring book trend has come to comics! Pipeline has eight suggestions for comics that might prove to be the most challenging you'll ever find.

Pipeline - 3/01

Tue, March 1st, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Humberto Ramos fills in for J. Scott Campbell as a gang of goth villains take on "Gen13." Plus, Jim Lee's TMNT, and the early, weird Internet.

The Walking Dead #150

Mon, January 18th, 2016 | Category: Review

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard bring the physical threat home to Alexandria with "The Walking Dead" #150, and that's not even the creepiest part...

Invincible #120

Thu, May 28th, 2015 | Category: Review

Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley wrap up the gigantic Battle Beast/Thragg battle before settling down with Mark and Atom on their new homeworld.

The Walking Dead #138

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "The Walking Dead" #138, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard introduce Alpha, leader of the Whisperers. She just wants her daughter back -- but what if her daughter doesn't want to go back?

The Walking Dead #126

Wed, April 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

The war ends with a surprising voice and an optimistic plan for the future. It's not quite what you expected. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard point their ship in an interesting new direction in "The Walking Dead" #126.

The Walking Dead #116

Wed, November 13th, 2013 | Category: Review

With part two of "All Out War," the story lives up to its title, as Rick's alliance takes the fight to Negan and chaos ensues.

Drumhellar #1

Fri, November 8th, 2013 | Category: Review

Riley Rossmo's latest series at Image Comics is nearly indescribable, because it's not entirely clear what's going on. There's a guy, some weird things and an ex-girlfriend.

Ghosted #5

Wed, November 6th, 2013 | Category: Review

The haunted house of "Ghosted" comes alive and fights back, leaving the team scrambling and fighting between themselves. The zfirst storyline from Joshua Williamson and ends here.

Red Team #5

Thu, September 26th, 2013 | Category: Review

A complication at the precinct house leads the Red Team to watch their backs very closely. When their next mission is interrupted by a destructive third party, Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak's Red Team is forced to ask some tough questions.

Mark Waid's Green Hornet #4

Thu, July 25th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Mark Waid's Green Hornet" suddenly finds himself a lonely man making bad decisions. Is Dynamite's favorite green masked man getting too full of himself?

Clone #9

Wed, July 24th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Clone" goes into full-scale movie thriller mode with a ticking time bomb, death, chills, and thrills. Image Comics' overlooked gem features Juan Jose Ryp's insanely detailed art depicting crazy genetic mayhem.

Red Team #4

Wed, July 24th, 2013 | Category: Review

Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak's "Red Team" #4 focuses on Trudy, as an unfortunate run-in at a skeevy bar lands her in a sticky situation with only her secret team to help.

Scatterlands #1

Fri, July 5th, 2013 | Category: Review

Warren Ellis and Jason Howard explore the depths of a living city and one woman's escape from it. It's a webcomic that benefits from a collected edition in keeping the story fresh in your mind, but it's Howard's art that's the bre

Invincible Universe #3

Mon, June 10th, 2013 | Category: Review

In a single-issue story, Phil Hester and Todd Nauck focus on El Chupacabra. He's off to Serbia to apologize to a family whose son died defending him -- and then things go wrong.

The Activity #13

Mon, May 27th, 2013 | Category: Review

"The Activity" #13 is a good introductory issue from Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerards, with two complete short stories that stand well on their own, plus a solid tease for what is coming up next.

Sex #3

Thu, May 23rd, 2013 | Category: Review

"Sex" finds it groove with this issue, as Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski's tale of superhero libido settles into its plot.

Epic Kill #10

Thu, May 2nd, 2013 | Category: Review

Raffaele Ienco's "Epic Kill" comes to its natural conclusion in a way that answers all questions, including some readers didn't know they had. Whether you're happy with the answers, though, is the big question.

Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #6

Wed, April 24th, 2013 | Category: Review

The frantic oddball adventures of horror's greatest doctor wraps up another mini-series, as Doctor Vincent Morrow fights an eclectic cast from Brandon Seifert, Lukas Ketner, and Image Comics. While there's a lot to keep track of, it's never

Invincible #102

Wed, April 24th, 2013 | Category: Review

Image Comics' "Invincible" #102 changes another status quo in the series, and that's the life and leadership of the Viltrumites on Earth. A solid issue for long-time readers looking to close up a couple of teased plots from Robert Kirk

Invincible #101

Wed, March 20th, 2013 | Category: Review

Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley return from their month off with the repercussions of the 100th issue of "Invincible," as the characters deal with the consequences of their previous actions.

Comeback #5

Wed, March 20th, 2013 | Category: Review

Image Comics' time travelling FBI action drama from Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh finishes strongly this month, paying off on everything the main character has learned in the four previous issues while maintaining a few surprises.

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