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Hey there! I'm Amanda, and I'm the managing editor for DetroyTheCyborg! I come to the job with a background in journalism, English, American culture and all-around interest in what makes up our site. For a living, I'm a government reporter for a newspaper my hometown. Seeing as that can be a bit monotonous, I welcome the opportunity to write occasional book (and other) reviews for DTC. If you see a book coming up I should review, let me know! My interests are many and varied. I love table top games, bad movies (and good films!), music of all genres and the occasional graphic novel. Ben P. is trying his hardest to increase my interest in comic books - stay tuned for the outcome of THAT adventure. When it comes to books, I've yet to find a genre that I won't read. I have a particular affinity to Lord of the Rings and non-fiction first-person explorations - see Mary Roach's Stiff or Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals for examples. My other abilities? I find that I make a mean batch of cinnamon rolls, and I can (most of the time) keep the crayon inside the lines.


Comic Virgins: Spider-Woman Volume 1

April 30, 2014 | 1 Comments

Before I even cracked the first page, I couldn’t get this thought out of my head: “Spider-WOMAN?” [Comic Virgins is a recurring series where  Amanda fields comics chosen by Mike and Ben.]...

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Comic Virgins: Sin City: The Hard Goodbye

April 2, 2014 | 1 Comments

So… someone tell me what I just read. Because, if you ask me, it was about a dude that was way too into a chick after a one-night stand, after which he happened to sleep through...

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Comic Virgins: Y – The Last Man, Vol. 1

March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

I have a pretty big statement to make: Y – The Last Man is easily the best comic I have read for Comic Virgins. [CV is a recurring series where Amanda reads comics suggested by Ben and Mike.] The storyline, written...

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Comic Virgins: Iron Man: Extremis

March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

So I don’t know a lot about superheroes, but I do know one thing: Tony Stark is a sassy, badass billionaire. But now, thanks to reading Iron Man: Extremis, I know that Tony Stark is...

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As a rule, I try not to Google anything about what I’ve read for Comic Virgins until I’ve at least written up a few thoughts. Even though I’m really curious who Grant Morrison is, and...

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Comic Virgins: New 52 – Animal Man, Vol. 1

February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

You know, this comic got me from the first page. I mean, hell – it started out with WORDS. Like, not speech bubbles. WORDS. In an ARTICLE. [Comic Virgins is a recurring series where Ben...

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Comic Virgins: Thor

January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Like it or not, Ben gave me high expectations for J. Michael Straczynski‘s Thor. Mainly by smiling and saying, “Oh, is that the one you’re reading for the next Comic Virgins?” (Which, by the way,...

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Comic Virgins: Invincible

January 15, 2014 | 1 Comments

You know, I thought high school was full of changes, foes and unpleasant situations — and I wasn’t a superhero. [Amanda writes Comic Virgins on a regular basis based on suggestions from Ben and Mike.] For this installment of Comic Virgins,...

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Comic Virgins: Batman: Year One

January 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Everyone loves an origin story, and the origins of Gotham’s most famous resident is no different. And this origin story in particular, Batman: Year One, is wonderful, easy to read and a perfect introduction to...

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Comic Virgins: Superman: Red Son

December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

You know, I really love playing the “What If?” game. [Comic Virgins is a DTC regular post, where Amanda reads comics picked by Ben and Mike.] It’s fun to exercise those creative brain muscles, asking ourselves what would happen if the...

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