"Captain America: Civil War" Unleashes First Footage With New Trailer
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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Kelly Thompson and Emma Vieceli wrap up the latest arc of IDW's "Jem" series with a satisfying end to the current arc and a literal cliffhanger.
"This Captain America is the real deal" in Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuna's "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #3.
Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" #150 "serves as both an introduction to new readers and a satisfying experience for existing fans."
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson's "Astro City" #29 "is another strong, fun issue from a fairly consistent series."
"With Jeff Lemire, Ramon Perez and Ian Herring returning to the book, that means 'All-New Hawkeye' #1 is just as good as the previous five issues."
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Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta's "The Vision" #1 "is a pleasant surprise that delivers an intriguing take on humanity and superheroism."
Steve Orlando and ACO's "Midnighter" #6 "is the sort of comic that's as smart and fun as you wish all superhero comics would be."
"If you were a fan of 'Fight Club,' you owe it to yourself to read Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart's 'Fight Club 2.'"
"Ryan North and Erica Henderson have created something suitably silly and well worth your time" in "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #1.
Kurt Busiek delivers "a fun, if not quite groundbreaking, comic" that Gary Chaloner pushes from "above average to full-on great" in "Astro City" #28.
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Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" #13 "is as exciting as it is adept at probing the insides of our newest character."
Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke's "The Twilight Children" #1 "is intriguing and spooky, but -- more importantly -- it's impeccably crafted."
Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda's "The Omega Men" #5 is "not just as good as you've been told, it's even better" in issue #5.
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Tony Daniel's "Batman and Robin Eternal" #1 "is full of so many possibilities it feels like anything can happen."
Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III's "The Sandman: Overture" #6 "is a celebration of the series... as well as a thoroughly enjoyable new chapter."
Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs' "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #19 "is a high point for 'Buffy' as a whole, comics or otherwise. "
"Hellboy in Hell" #8 will make readers "look forward to another trip back to Hell soon, so long as Mike Mignola leads the way."
"Dragon Age: Magekiller" #1 is off to a solid start thanks to Greg Rucka, Carmen Carnero and Terry Pallot, with a story about mage-hunters that feels accessible whether you've played "Dragon Age" or not.
Kelly Thompson and Emma Vieceli wrap up "Virus!" in "Jem and the Holograms" #9 as the costume party kicks into high gear, and there are several literal cliffhangers ahead.
"Captain America: Sam Wilson" #3 walks the line between serious and silly as Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuña and Mike Choi bring back the dreaded... CapWolf?
Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" #150 shows us the dark side of a strict honor code, as a visitor from the other side of the world uses a promise for a dreadful request.
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson use "Astro City" #29 to show us what it's like to grow up as a member of the enemy, other-dimensional race our heroes regularly fight against.
David Baillie and Meghan Hetrick's "Red Thorn" #1 has an attractive, dreamy look to its pages, but its story involving missing siblings and drawings that come to life moves a little too fast.
Over a decade in the making, "Batman: Europa" #1 is set both in Gotham and Berlin, but Matteo Casali, Brian Azzarello, Guiseppe Camuncoli and Jim Lee's comic feels as cosmopolitan as an average convenience store.
There are some nice little character moments in "Batman/Superman" #26, but -- on the whole -- Greg Pak, Ardian Syaf, Cliff Richards and Vicente Cifuentes' comic is lacking any real pep.
In many ways, Green Lantern feels the most removed from godhood in "Justice League: Darkseid War," which is probably why Tom King and Evan Shaner have such an uphill battle to make this comic work.
"All-New Hawkeye" #1 might as well be "All-New Hawkeye" #6, as Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez pick up right where they left off, dealing with the fallout of letting three weaponized children get taken away.
A lot of the beats in "Illuminati" #1 will feel familiar, but Joshua Williamson and Shawn Crystal's story of Titania trying to live life on the up-and-up has a charm that can't be denied.
Steve Orlando and Scott Kolins take a simple idea -- replacing the gods fueling Shazam's powers -- and turn it into an engrossing look at power structures of all sorts in "Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam" #1.
Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce's "We Stand On Guard" #5 sets up next month's grand conclusion, but it's the background details and the supporting characters who are the most intriguing parts of the comic.
Sean Ryan and Cory Smith are the new "Nova" creative team for the series' relaunch, but Sam Alexander's new status quo feels sadly underwhelming.
Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta create a decidedly different take on a classic Avenger in "The Vision" #1, as the team's most famous synthezoid forms a family and moves into the suburbs of Washington, DC.
"Midnighter" #6 shows us what happens when a relationship gone public has consequences for loved ones, even as Steve Orlando, ACO and Hugo Petrus keep us guessing on what's next for our masked hero.
Rob Williams and Jesus Merino explore Barry's reaction to becoming bonded with the Black Racer, allowing for the introspection a team book rarely accords, in "Justice League: Darkseid War: The Flash."
Warren Ellis and Jason Masters' "James Bond" #1 offers a solid introduction to the newest comic starring Britain's most-famous spy, with all of the hallmarks that one would come to expect.
"Extraordinary X-Men" #1 doesn't deliver on the promise of its title's adjective, as Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba's tale of X-Men hiding from both the world and the Terrigen Mists feels extra ordinary.
Howard Porter joins Gene Luen Yang on "Superman" #45 as Clark finds a super-powered dueling arena that isn't quite what it seems, in what is the best issue of Yang's run on the series to date.