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The Buy Pile: The Best Issue of Squirrel Girl, Ever

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 NOVEMBER 22, 2018

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #31 (Marvel Comics)

This column has said a lot of good things about this series. While every word of it is true, as hard as it may be to believe, this is in fact the best issue of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl yet. It's amazing -- funny and kind and action packed and relevant and timely (in many senses of the word) all at once. A stolen alien weapon boots Doreen Green and her best friend into an accelerated timeline where everything around them seems to be happening in glacial slow motion. In the "normal" timeline, that means they have a weekend before they die of old age, and they Groundhog's Day the heck out of the situation in ways that are simply a joy to observe. The climax of the last act is so good it almost floats off the page. Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi and Travis Lanham deliver a self-contained work that is truly a gift. RATING: BUY. MAYBE TWICE.

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Avengers #688 gets one thing very right. Remember in Independence Day when Bill Pullman gave that super inspirational speech? Speedster Pietro Maximoff gets something like that, a sequence of dazzlingly inspirational quotes cast across powerful imagery of Avengers looking heroic. What's the problem? An inspirational speech does not a story make, and the wonderful actual concept at the root of this -- a jealousy millions of years old -- again plays the back seat to kinetic motion with less significance. You'll likely feel that last beat, but it doesn't have a lot of meat on its bones. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

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