INTERVIEW: "Batgirl and the Birds of Prey" Hunt Rebirth's Oracle
I first discovered the joy of comics in 1980 when some girls on my school bus brought in their father's copies of Wendy and Richard Pini's "Elfquest" and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, I've written freelance interviews and articles for "Wizard" (going all the way back to the first issue), headed up the Small Press Expo and the Ignatz Awards, served as an Eisner judge and written reviews regularly since 1999 (first for iComics.com, then moving to my own site Read About Comics).
I moved to the Washington DC area in 1974 and have yet to leave. I design and develop training for the Federal government during the day, and I've had both fiction and non-fiction professionally published. In my spare time I train for marathons and triathlons. I've promised my friends one of these days I'll run a race dressed as the Flash.
FIRST COMIC: "Elfquest" #5
FAVORITE CHARACTER: Fone Bone, Captain Britain, Rachel Summers Grey
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Mark Waid and Veronica Fish's "Archie" #9 "and 'Archie' in general succeed because there's a real heart to this comic."
"A new issue of 'Bitch Planet' is reason to celebrate, and Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro's 'Bitch Planet' #8 is no exception to that."
Batman's latest threat gains a name, while the Dark Knight's team levels up with a new means with which to battle Gotham's biggest threats.
"Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree wrap up the series in style" in "The Sixth Gun" #50.
Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt's "Green Arrow" #1 "takes the basic ideas from 'Rebirth' and uses them as a foundation for a strong first issue."
Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz's first mission as a team leads to startling discoveries and a new twist on the Green Lantern mythos.
The former Kid Flash comes face to face with his Teen Titans friends, driving home just how much Doctor Manhattan tampered with the DCU.
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie "remind us that they've got a lot of tricks up their sleeves" in "The Wicked + The Divine" #20.
Charles Soule and Goran Sudzuka create "a sharp story, one that wouldn't work with any other superhero," in "Daredevil" #8.
Batman's got a group of new protectors watching over Gotham City, and here's what you need to know about Red Robin, Batwoman, Spoiler and the rest.
Greg Rucka, Matthew Clark and Liam Sharp's "Wonder Woman: Rebirth" #1 "lays out the groundwork for exciting times ahead."
Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart's "Hellboy in Hell" #10 "is an incredibly strong conclusion to the series."
Picking up in the aftermath of "Superman" #52, the DC one-shot answers a big question about the New 52 Man of Steel. SPOILERS!
Although some plot elements are a return to the status quo, the DC one-shot also finds the Dark Knight "trying something new." SPOILERS!
Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's "Civil War II" #1 is "more than enough to get readers coming back for more."
Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's "East of West" #26 "is a reminder of why people need to pay attention to this comic."
G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #7 "takes advantage of a crossover to tell a smaller-scale story that echoes the event's themes."
"Stan Sakai is a master storyteller, and 'Usagi Yojimbo' #154 reminds us once again just how much of a treasure he and his works are."
Kurt Busiek and Ron Randall's "Astro City" #35 "is a reminder that the superhero genre can give us rich, interesting characters and plots."
Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez and more "lay out an important path for DC's line of superhero comics to follow" in "DC Universe: Rebirth" #1.
Nick Spencer and Angel Unzueta tie "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #10 into "Civil War II" with the funeral of James Rhodes, even as the title explores what it's like to be a minority suffering a loss.
Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett and company give us a closer look into the mind of Lex Luthor in "Justice League" #52, which serves as a prelude to this month's issues of "Action Comics."
"Civil War II: Choosing Sides" #1 includes stories about Nick Fury, Night Thrasher and Damage Control, all of which having nothing to do with the parent title's conceit of heroes choosing sides.
In "Aquaman" #1, Dan Abnett, Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy play up the sovereign nation aspect of the ruler of Atlantis, but this first chapter of "The Drowning" is a little too uneven.
Mark Waid and Veronica Fish's "Archie" #9 may be a typical "upper class person befuddled by lower class lifestyle" story, but it's one that has real heart, and that makes all the difference.
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro refuse to take the easy way out in "Bitch Planet" #8, where we learn where Kamau's sister is being held.
Christopher Hastings and Langdon Foss' "Vote Loki" #1 finds the god of lies running for office, but this debut issue never quite clicks into place.
In "The Sixth Gun" #50, Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt wind down their long-running western/horror/fantasy with the apocalypse that was impossible to avoid.
In "Justice League" #51, Dan Abnett, Paul Pelletier and Sandra Hope flash back to the early days of the League, when they first met Robin, and it's is surprisingly fun.
There's an interesting story lurking within the pages of "Uncanny X-Men's" contribution to "Apocalypse Wars," but Cullen Bunn and Ken Lashley's latest chapter has almost no actual plot progression as its characters inch
Raising a half-human/half-Kryptonion child isn't easy, but it's even more difficult when the other two-thirds of the Trinity come knocking in Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason and Mick Grey's "Superman" #1.
In Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt's "Green Arrow" #1, Black Canary issues Oliver a warning about his crime-fighting methods, even as danger looms heavily around the corner.
Situations look dire in Hope Larson and Brittney Williams' "Goldie Vance" #3, even as there's hope that Goldie may still solve the case and make things right for everyone.
In "The Wicked + The Divine" #20, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie spill the beans and reveal how Laura survived death at Ananke's hands, even as the gods continue to choose sides with Minerva's life on the line.
Dan Abnett and Emilio Laiso's "Civil War II: Gods of War" #1 should really just be renamed "Hercules" #7.
In "Daredevil" #8, Charles Soule and Goran Sudzuka give us a high-stakes Texas Hold 'Em tournament in Macau and prove that sometimes you don't need to see cards to know what's in front of you.
Dan Jurgens and Patrick Zircher bring one of DC's oldest series back to its classic numbering in "Action Comics" #957, and with it, some other familiar faces and setups.
Wonder Woman begins a search for her identity in Greg Rucka, Matthew Clark and Liam Sharp's "Wonder Woman: Rebirth" #1, a promising opening chapter that explores what her title really means.
Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's "Paper Girls" #6 kicks off its second story arc in 2016, but it's not until the final two pages that the story shifts from somewhat unremarkable into something interesting.
Dan Slott, Guiseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith's "Amazing Spider-Man" #13 continues the "Power Play" storyline, but it requires Spider-Man and Iron Man to act ridiculously immature to advance the plot.