WHAT IS THE BUY PILE?
Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/2018-2019 City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Trailblazer/blogger/novelist/poet/jackass on Twitter/head honcho of Komplicated) takes on an between seven to thirteen reviews (or so) to share his opinions with you. Thursday afternoons you'll be able to get those thoughts (and they're just the opinions of one guy, so calm down) about all of that ... which goes something like this ...
The Buy Pile For Nov. 28, 2018
Ironheart #1 (Marvel Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. With an extra-sized first issue, pretty much everything about this comic book is perfect. Had it stopped at the 20-page mark, you'd have missed the outstanding character work in the denouement. If you only watched for the poetic opening (well-paced for an introduction, giving you everything you need before getting too expositional), you'd miss a solid piece with some amazing superheroing (Stark doesn't pivot this well). On top of all that, there are some quotable moments worth noting. No, with a script that's perfectly balanced between spectacle, science and developing the character, Eve Ewing knocks her comic book debut all the way out of Wrigley Park (or Fenway, depending on your perspective here), with smart, crisp and dynamic visuals from Kevin Libranda, Luciano Vecchio, Geoffo, Matt Milla and Clayton Cowles. RATING: BUY.
Warning #1 feels like the trailer for the most pulse-pounding government conspiracy movie you've ever seen, all logistical jargon and hurrying up to wait. The vibe is so gripping that you almost miss the lack of plot, but maybe this prologue (more like a zero issue, honestly) will bear fruit down the line. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #24 proves again that the title character is an omega-class telekinetic with willpower that'd dwarf the Green Lantern Corps, but the action scenes lacked bite and the conclusion was not much more than we saw in The Empire Strikes Back. This might have terrified in prose, but as comics the execution fell short. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
These Savage Shores #2 had a lot of pulp goodness even as it traded in some tired stereotypes of the milieu, casting a possible mad man in the role of a hero only in his own mind. If you like pulp, this will be something you'll leap at for its electrifying visuals (great action scenes) and its solemn seriousness. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
Quincredible #1 does a great job of establishing its protagonist in the Virgil Hawkins tradition, his powers and his situation. There's virtually no tangible threat, an unclear conflict and a largely undefined romantic interest. Lots of good stuff here, but not in balanced portions to make it all gel together. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
Marvel Action Spider-Man #1 is a perfect starting point for people walking out of the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie next month, a fun (if somewhat short on clarity) starting point, the kind fans always say we need for new readers ... that's published by IDW and not Marvel, for some reason. There's no remote understanding of the antagonist and the origins for all three Spiders (yes, even Spider-Gwen, er, Ghost Spider) are short-sheeted, but it's fun and quippy and Miles Morales shows up. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
X-O Manowar #21 has a very effective climax, stunning action scenes but a villain defined by his monologuing more than his effects and throwaway minions that are easy to forget once dispatched. Not bad, though. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
Catalyst Prime Incidentals #14 had a nice twist climax, good action scenes and some solid characterization but a threat that wasn't well developed enough to carry the weight. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
Faith Dreamside #3 has some solid stuff going on as far as character and closing a loop from an earlier Faith storyline, has some of the best Doctor Mirage scenes ever and a fight scene that's really worth seeing. What it lacks, however, is clarity in what's supposed to be happening, which is a deficit. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.