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J.Montes has always wanted to work in the comics industry. He tried briefly in the early 1990s to break in as a self publisher, but failed miserably. He did have the opportunity to work with the then budding talents of Tomm Coker (Agents of Atlas), Jeremy Love (Bayou), and Calvin Irving (Chapel). Since then, he’s gone on to other things like the co-founding of IGN.com and other projects related to the video gaming industry.
Despite all these accomplishes, Jay’s #1 passion is still comic books. He still, some day, hopes to work in it at some capacity. Web of Spider-Man #1 is considered as one of the books that got him into comics (in a big way) and he has a great fondness of Spider-Man’s black outfit. Jay has been reading comics since 1985.
Raymond Hilario is a writer from the Silicon Valley whose interest in comics dates all the way back from episodes of Batman the Animated Series, and reruns of the Adam West Batman. Like most 90’s kid, the first comic book he owned was Chris Claremont’s and Jim Lee’s X-Men #1 (Magneto cover). Before coming to WCBR, his work in the comics industry include serving as a managing editor for Comictopia.
Today, most of the titles that Ray buys either comes from DC or the more independent labels, but he still reads anything that anyone’s buzzing about. Some of his favorite writers and artists are: “80’s Frank Miller,” David Lapham, Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis, Jacen Burrows, Jordi Bernet, Sam Keith, Ethan Van Sciver, and Frank Quitely. One of his favorite Batman oneshots is Batman #634, and to this day he still believes that some of the best Batman stories ever told came from Bruce Timm and Paul Dini.
Twenty years ago, Tony Rakittke bought a copy of Uncanny X-Men #240 with four quarters he had stolen from his parents’ coin jar. It was hist first comic as well as his first petty theft, but he credits that moment for igniting his love of comic books. After comics took a turn for the worse in the 90’s, Tony took a break to pursue girls. However, Tony was soon pulled back in when he took a chance on the first issues of “The Authority,” and “Planetary” and realized that comics were great again. Tony lives in the suburbs of Chicago, IL with his wife and two dogs. He currently follows the works of Warren Ellis, Matt Fraction, Geoff Johns, Jason Aaron, Grant Morrison, Brian Azzarello, and J. Michael Straczynski. If you’re ever in the mood for a good discussion on comics, please drop him a line and let him know what’s on your mind. Because hey, it beats working, right?
Kyle Posluszny got drawn back into comics thanks to the Warren Ellis/Mike Deodato run on Thunderbolts. What was supposed to be a dip into the Marvel pool quickly became a full plunge. It was all downhill for Kyle’s wallet from there…
A member of the Weekly Comic Book Review team since April 2008, Kyle is dedicated to bringing his readers honest, timely reviews each and every week. He mostly focuses on writing about Marvel, Image, Devil’s Due, and small press, but Kyle does occasionally check out what DC’s Vertigo and Wildstorm labels have to offer. As Senior Editor, Kyle does whatever he can to help keep W.C.B.R. strong and ever-evolving.
Kyle’s Current Favorites: The Walking Dead, Hack/Slash, Witchblade, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dark Avengers, New Avengers, Exiles, Invincible Iron Man, Deadpool, and Secret Warriors
Alex Evans is a Canadian currently living in the UK. When not working on dissertations, presentations, or other things academic, he is a lover of comics, both as a reader and as an aspiring writer. His first taste of comics came at a young age, when, like many, he became addicted to the Batman, X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons of the nineties. This would lead to a childhood love of all things X-Men and Daredevil.
Then he forgot all about comics for almost ten years, before reading Watchmen in 2004 and becoming hooked once again. From that point, Alex progressed backwards in a sense, starting out among Vertigo and Image comics before being sucked into the Marvel and DC Universes. He fervently believes that Garth Ennis’ Preacher is the best series of the last twenty years and will fight anyone who says otherwise, since that’s what Jesse Custer would do. Other favourite writers include Robert Kirkman, Bill Willingham, Warren Ellis, Brian Wood, Jason Aaron, Joe Kelly, Ed Brubaker, and Brian Michael Bendis.
Brittany Summers is a relative newcomer to the comics scene; though she was a casual reader from a young age, it was not until the tender age of 25 that she began making that weekly pilgrimage to the comic shop a regular part of her life. In addition to writing reviews for WCBR, she also maintains a blog, which you are free to visit for more comic-related discussion, in addition to articles about gaming, movies and books. Her favorite comic book characters include Batwoman (the recent Kate Kane incarnation), Wonder Woman, Captain America, and Deadpool.
Dean was big into Marvel comics back in the early 1980’s. Uncanny X-Men, Alpha Flight, all the Spider-man titles, Secret Wars, etc… Then after drifting away from comics for nearly 20 years, he jumped back in a few years ago reading Dark Horse Star Wars titles of all things that lead to a steadily growing pull list that is heavy on Marvel, the Batman titles and a very liberal sampling of creator driven stuff from Image, Vertigo, Avatar, Oni, etc… Dean also has gotten bitten by the comic binding bug which has turned him into a obsessive back-issue buyer as he seeks to recreate runs of comics from the 80’s and 90’s. He also tries to use a combination of eBay and binding to enforce a strict “one-long box only” rule. Stay tuned for how that works out! Dean also maintains a blog at allthiscrap.blogspot.com. You can also follow him on Twitter.
Having dragged a deathly bored seven-year-old into a wholesale warehouse, Minhquan’s mother, with a sigh of relief, left him in the book department. She hoped he’d amuse himself with the stack of new Boxcar Children serials. He immediately headed for the spinning wire rack of comics, flipped open an issue of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee’s X-Men, and got his first taste of comic book fandom (and comic book cheese/beefcake—good times).
Significantly older, arguably wiser, Minhquan has spent the majority of his thoughtful life studying, teaching, and working with the written word in all its forms—fiction, nonfiction, journalism, comedy, law, blogs, YouTube comments—and fancies himself an up-and-coming expert in the craft of writing. If his reviews can help elevate the integrity of comic book writing, making them more inviting to the masses, he’ll gladly do his part, though he sacrifices quality karaoke/nap time in so doing.
Much as he’s tried to do the whole Twitter, Facebook, blogging thing, he finds himself hopelessly incapable of keeping with any of it regularly, leaving his fans (both of them—he counts himself and his sister’s dog) to follow him through his sporadic writings in the virtual and physical world.
Hugo always had a love for superheroes like Batman, Spider-Man and Superman, yet his love for comics began at quite a young age. It all started with French ”bande dessinée,’ moved on with manga, then comics only to end up with a healthy dose of pretty much everything for Hugo. His love for the medium started at the age of 18, though, with Hellboy and Watchmen which blew the tiny mind that was his.
Now armed with a strong belief that sequential art was as good as anything else in terms of storytelling as well as college education, Hugo is ready to read much of anything to experiment the highest of comics. Like a storytelling junkie, he covers pretty much anything he can get his hands on, although he has a preference for Marvel comics. His favourite writers include the likes of Grant Morrison, Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Mike Mignola and Matt Fraction. On the artistic side, he is a fan of Frank Quitely, David Aja, Gabriel Hardman, Darwyn Cooke and Tony Moore.
Though he had loved Batman, Spider-Man, and Tintin since childhood, Noah’s time as a comic fan didn’t truly start until college. As a film student at Hampshire College, he became involved in a Batman fan project. Cast as Hush, Noah tracked down the trades of the character’s initial appearance and made his first trek to the comic shop in anticipation of Paul Dini’s Heart of Hush. He spent college studying storytelling across mediums, reading too much Green Lantern, and reading WBCR between film screenings.
Since then his love for comics and editing have only grown and in late 2012 Noah finally made good on his long simmering intention to start a comics blog in an attempt to sharpen his critical understanding of comics. The resulting site, Reviews by Lantern’s Light, led Noah to apply to Weekly Comic Book Review and, to his great surprise, they brought him on.
Though he’s a DC guy at heart, Noah has been slowly expanding outward, devouring the X-Men books and stalking a number of titles from the smaller publishers. Truly resistance is futile. Favorite characters include Nightwing, Starfire, Empowered, Starscream, and Azrael. He has a soft spot for character driven stories and writers with a psychological bent and loves his copies of Spectacular Spider-Man #200 and the original New Mutants graphic novel.
Currently Noah is a freelance editor living in Brooklyn trying to ignore how obnoxious that sounds. He still writes for Reviews by Lantern’s Light as well as WCBR. He’s always happy to talk comics and loves the opportunity to discuss them that his blogging provides. You can also follow him on twitter @N1ghtwing17.
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