Small updates today, largely to make sure the site is still live...  I've recently had two new reviews published on the Graphic Novel Reporter site. 

ImageFirst up is Batman: The Black Mirror.  Let me just throw this out there:  I am in awe of Scott Snyder.  Hands-down, he is one of the best comic book scribes out there.  His work on American Vampire has been consistently great, so to expect anything less of his work on Batman is nonsense.  What he's produced here is a classic Bat-book for the ages and if, when his run with the character is complete, his name isn't uttered in the same fannish breaths as Frank Miller I'll be more than surprised (and probably pissed off).

The second review I did was for the relaunched Ultimate Spider-Man, which introduces Miles Morales.  Fun stuff, that.  Bendis continues to put out a solid title that stays true to the core mythos of Spider-Man after having upended everything withThe Death of... event last year.


In other writing news, I completed the first draft of my novel back in January and am currently in the midst of editing the hell out of it.  I'm roughly 70 pages in and there's nary a page that's gone unscathed from the red pen.  I let the manuscript sit around for a few months so that I could get some proper distance on it and review it with critical eyes.  It seems to be going well so far (as evidenced by the red markings) and there's a bevy of rewriting in my future.  It's been a difficult process so far, with more than a few snags and trying to work through the logic gaps.  I'm planning on having the first draft edited and revised by the start of summer so I can then work on tearing apart the second draft.  After that, I think it will be time to get the opinions and critiques of some beta readers by the fall. 

In other words, the next blog update will likely coincide with the Mayan apocalypse...

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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