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) 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 MAY 30, 2018
Lando: Double Or Nothing #1 (Marvel Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. The latest Star Wars anthology film has been divisive amongst fans, but almost universally one thing unites them all: The wonder of Lando Calrissian. Everything that made the Donald Glover performance superlative has been concentrated and perfected in this amazing issue. Living on the most luxurious side of the galaxy's underbelly, Lando and his politically aware droid first mate L3-37 are wonderfully established (read: "you don't need to have seen any of the movies or animation, but if you did, this is amazing") before being roped into a struggle against the fledgling Empire's boot crushing the throat of yet another working class world.
This script by Rodney Barnes is a wholehearted quote machine, with so many delightful Lando bon mots that you'll want to frame some of these panels. L3 is just as good, and the artwork from Paolo Villanelli, Andres Mossa and Joe Caramagna balances the refinement Lando wants with the rough scrabble life forced upon the galaxy by the Empire. This issue is wildly re-readable and entertaining from cover to cover. RATING: BUY, MAYBE EVEN TWICE.
Abbott #5 (Boom! Studios)
Jump from the Read Pile. Way to stick the landing! After a couple of issues that were challenged in pacing and balance, this period piece comes on strong for an emotional, effective ending. With books involving magic, the end can sometimes be hard to parse out as vague hand waving and indecipherable emotional twists. Here, everything is crystal clear as the titular lead does everything right, turning a disadvantage into a satisfying conclusion. Kudos are definitely due to the creative team of Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie and Jim Campbell. RATING: BUY.
Green Lanterns Annual #1 (DC Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. This fascinating issue introduced tons of nuance and character to the Green Lantern Corps as they participated in a ritual honoring the sacrifice of a Lantern in the mists of prehistory. This story goes deeply sci-fi very fast, and the character work on its two leads Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz stood up and inspired.
It's tough to say more without spoilers, but Andy Diggle's script is clever, engaging and surprising while the visuals from Mike Perkins, Andy Troy and Dave Sharpe make moments small and large work out equally (the "I Spy" moment is particularly effective) as this issue takes a smarter path towards a very satisfying conclusion. This issue is really good. RATING: BUY.