Justin Gilbert Alba - ComicsVerse CEO
: New York, NY 10028-4004: 844-226-6427: [email protected]: http://justinalba.com

Hailing from Westchester County, New York, ComicsVerse CEO, President and Founder, Justin Gilbert Alba, is a lifelong comic book fan. Currently a student at Columbia University, Justin Alba studies visual arts with an emphasis on photography. Y THE LAST MAN, X-23 INNOCENCE LOST and TARGET X, AMERICAN BORN CHINESE and FUN HOME are among his favorite comics and graphic novels. His favorite comic book characters are Magneto, Jean Grey and Emma Frost.

READ: Open Letter from ComicsVerse CEO Justin Gilbert Alba about the strong impact of comics on his life.

What is your favorite comic book and why?
Hands down X-23: INNOCENCE LOST because of how surprisingly heartbreaking it is. The mother’s emotional journey within the comic is absolutely beautiful. If it’s not the first comic that brought tears to my eyes, it’s the first comic to make me cry as hard as I did, and it happens every time I re-read it.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Telepathy. It would take away a lot of my anxiety to know what people are thinking.

What comics make you happy?
AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, random X-Men comics where they get some “chill-out” time like the discussion Polaris has with Professor X in UNCANNY X-MEN #443. It’s a must-read!

Which comic book characters do you most admire?
I admire Emma Frost’s need to strike out on her own from her family and her conversion from villain to anti-hero after the death of the Hellions in the 1990’s. Conversely, I’m a big Jean Grey fan. She chose dying as a human being over living as a Goddess, got to respect that!

Which comic book characters do you most despise?
Goldballs, like seriously, I don’t find him cute or funny. Underdeveloped characters like that contribute to the loss of the X-Men’s humanity and ultimately, their success as a comic.

What is the quality you most like in a creator (writer or artist)?
Compassion and fearlessness, the ability to go places other creators are afraid to go.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Curse words. I use way too many of them.

Which comic book character would you most easily fall in love with?
Firestar. She’s adorable and has always been very likeable. Check out her 1986 limited series to see why!

Which creator talent would you most like to have?
Always wished I could draw, but I really wish I had the right ear for character dialogue.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing (character or creator), what would it be?
Grant Morrison, so I could not bring back the Phoenix (again).

What fictional universe would you most like to live?
Earth-616 with the X-Men, duh! One can’t get a closer family than theirs.

What comic is your most treasured possession?
X-Men #1 (1992) signed by Jim Lee.

What do you most value in your friends?
Compassion, understanding, intelligence, the willingness to be fearless and “open chested.”

Who are your favorite writers?
Brian K. Vaughn, Chris Claremont, Neil Gaiman, Gene Luen Yang, Craig Kyle & Chris Yost, Alan Moore.

Who is your hero of comic book fiction?
Magneto, because of his an antihero status. I may not always agree with his methods, but I empathize with his anger and fear of non-mutant humans after all he endured at their hands. The man is an inspiring selfless leader who deeply cares about whatever team of mutants he’s in charge of and puts their survival above his own at all costs.

Which comic book figure do you most identify with?
Magneto, because he’s an antihero and because he’s pissed and because he can’t get over it. I think anyone who’s dealt with the darker side of humanity can understand why Magneto feels the way he does after all he’s been through.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents.

What is the comic book that you most dislike?
Avengers. They are way too corporate.

What comic storyline would you most like to change?
I hate that Brian Bendis brought back the original five X-Men in ALL-NEW X-MEN. I want the real Jean Grey back, not some teenage imitation!

Which comic book character do you think should die a permanent non-comic book death?
Bishop, Rachel Grey, Cable, Hope Summers, everyone from an alternate timeline and anyone who’s supposed to be Jean Grey but isn’t.

What is your personal motto?
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” -Dalai Lama

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