Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
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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Erik Larsen and Todd McFarlane join forces on "Spawn," but how do their styles blend? Plus, The Epic Gen13 Re-Read continues as the team is on the run.
The first issue of Gen13 came out over two decades ago, so now's the time to re-read it. Also, is the iPad Pro the Ultimate Comics Reading Device?
With a new art/interview book hitting the stands this week, it's time to re-evaluate the career of the superstar artist.
Rocket Raccoon blasts into artful adventures thanks to Skottie Young and Jake Parker, Inktober ends, and which Wacom wannabe is worth buying?
The manga boom generation is set to take over the comics industry -- and that's not a bad thing.
The Inktober celebration continues, with some crash courses in illustration thanks to the Society of Visual Storytelling.
Augie's trip to NYCC left him feeling conflicted about comics, conventions and more. Plus, the Inktober journal continues!
Augie is participating in this year's Inktober event, and is tracking what he's drawn and what he's learned in Pipeline.
The highly anticipated "Paper Girls" #1 from Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang is out next week, and Augie has a spoiler-free review.
Augie looks at the upcoming iPad Pro, whether it's a Cintiq killer and what it will take to get there, plus more fun from comics past and present!
Augie digs through his longboxes and shares some of the funniest and most thought provoking panels he can find.
Augie explains why one issue in particular might just be the Uncanniest X-Men-iest Marvel Comic of the '90s.
Augie changes his tune on Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo's teenage mutant saga, and did Joe Casey's "Wildcats v3" predict modern day technology?
Augie looks at the artwork of Dustin Nguyen, analyzing the evolution from his "Wildcats 3.0" run to his current "Descender" work.
Augie looks at the old school funnybook yarn Larsen & Matsuda delivered to Marvel 16 years ago, in a story that's as fun today as it was then.
Augie looks back on Marvel's "Rogue" miniseries by Howard Mackie, Mike Wieringo, and Terry Austin, and shares some mail from Extreme Studios.
"RunLoveKill" shows how to tell a story with colors and controlled chaos, and Augie finds parallels between Douglas Adams' career and the world of comics.
Superman vs Batman. Versus Zombie Vampires? John Byrne and Art Adams did that in 1987! Plus, Augie's review of "Ant-Man"!
This week, a novel use of cartooning at music concerts, more French comics thoughts, another purge and some podcast recommendations
Augie has the annual SDCC Post-Mortem, then launches into a review of Manga Studio 5, the best tool you can have for drawing comics digitally.
Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley wrap up the gigantic Battle Beast/Thragg battle before settling down with Mark and Atom on their new homeworld.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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" suddenly finds himself a lonely man making bad decisions. Is Dynamite's favorite green masked man getting too full of himself?
"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.
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.
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
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 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" finds it groove with this issue, as Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski's tale of superhero libido settles into its plot.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
"The Manhattan Projects" #10 kicks off a new storyline inside the mind of Joseph Oppenheimer. Jonathan Hickman and guest artist Ryan Browne present another new world filled with craziness and bloodlust in the process.