WHAT IS THE BUY PILE?
Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/blogger/novelist/poet/jackass on Twitter/head honcho of Komplicated) grabs a whole lotta comics. These periodicals are quickly sorted (how) into two piles -- the "buy" pile (a small pile most weeks, comprised of planned purchases) and the "read" pile (often huge, often including comics that are really crappy but have some value to stay abreast of). Thursday afternoons you'll be able to get his thoughts (and they're just the opinions of one guy, so calm down, and here's some common definitions used in the column) about all of that ... which goes something like this ...
THE BUY PILE FOR FEBRUARY 21, 2018
Black Panther Annual #1 (Marvel Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. In an interesting twist, several creators with classic runs on the titular character return to tell very different stories from their usual milieu. Don MacGregor's tale closing down the story of 1970s love interest Monica Lynne was bittersweet and really examined the king's friendships. Christopher Priest reunites T’Challa with Priest's creation, the original wise-cracking Everett K. Ross in a tale that was surprisingly tender and personal. Reginald Hudlin then brings the hammer down with a future tale of Wakanda forced to rule the world that will shock and alarm many while delighting fans of Michael B. Jordan's recent work. Add in artistic work from Mike Perkins, Andy Troy, Daniel Acuna, Ken Lashley, Matt Milla and Joe Sabino and you have one heck of a trip to Wakanda, one that stands well next to the Wakandan legacy.
Doctor Aphra #17 (Marvel Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. If you're a hard core Star Wars fan (especially if you're caught up on Rebels), this issue has a number of treats for you that will tickle your Easter egg loving soul. There are lies and romance and murder and shenanigans and fun as things go from "friendly" to "blast-y" very quickly and the not-so-good doctor gets a pleasant surprise in a very unexpected way. Great humor and action here from Kieron Gillen, Si Spurrier, Emilio Laiso, Rachelle Rosenberg and Joe Caramagna.
Luke Cage #170 (Marvel Comics)
For anyone who has told a story to a precocious child, this issue will seem very, very familiar as the titular hero spends time, telling his daughter a story. Immediately most of the Wednesday crowd just tuned out, but with a clever twist and some subtweet-worthy commentary, this turned from a simple exercise in mimicking The Princess Bride to something really special. Kudos to David F. Walker, Guillermo Sanna, Marcio Menyz and Joe Sabino for this subtle treasure of a comic.
WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?
On the anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination, that's not a bad set of comics to have.