The Buy Pile: The Word Is 'Adventure!'

Fu Jitsu #1


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 ...


Fu Jitsu #1 (Aftershock Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. Take a little bit of Shaolin Cowboy, toss in a dash of classic Casanova and mix in just a soupcon of Nextwave and you'll probably end up with something like this extremely clever, deeply engaging new book. A mystical martial arts practitioner wakes up from years in sensory deprivation just in time to confront an ancient madman bent on world domination. On that fairly simple skeleton, all kinds of crazy gets amped up, wielding the minutiae of pop culture like a keen blade. The Jai Nitz script is so bananas that Gorilla Grodd and Gwen Stefani would cheer it on, and the artwork from Wesley St. Clair and Ryane Hill brings great kinetic action scenes and crafty intimate moments alike ("I get that a lot"). This is quite a pleasant surprise that grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go.

Rat Queens Special Orc Dave #1 (Image Comics)

Rat Queens Special: Orc Dave
You are not ready for Rat Queens Special: Orc Dave.

Jump from the Read Pile. This is quite a pleasant surprise. Focusing on a kind of druidic tradition, a less-than-well-prepared orc struggles with gaining his father's approval and accepting a mantle of power he cannot avoid. No, his name is not secretly "Keyleth," and the true beauty of this issue appears in its brilliant, shocking yet inevitable finale. This surprisingly tender Kurt Wiebe script is superlative -- he's never turned in a bad Rat Queens book, but this compact, self-contained gem is really special. The artwork by Max Dunbar, Micah Myers and Tamra Bonvillain perfectly conveys the pacing and splendor of this pastoral tradition. This is fine fantasy storytelling all the way around.

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Justice League Of America #15 (DC Comics)

Justice League of America #15
Get ready to go deep with Ray Palmer in Justice League of America #15.

Jump from the Read Pile. When you say the words "science adventure," it should evoke a sense of boundless possibilities, epic scale, urgency and wonder. Writer Steve Orlando delivers that in a huge way with this explanation of why The Atom (Ray Palmer, not Ryan Choi) is shmucking around in the Microverse. Wait, wait, hang on, no, this is not a Micronauts crossover and yes, both Microverses are in danger from a quantum threat. Here, however, it's played more like Black Science with a smaller cast (which helps) as Felipe Watanabe, Ruy Jose, Marcelo Maialo and the always rock solid Clayton Cowles deliver visuals that literally shock and awe. This book is so much fun you forget the rest of the League, and if the Atom could do this every month, we'd really have something fresh.

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