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 AUGUST 9, 2017
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #23 (Marvel Comics)
Everything about this issue is perfect. It's almost frustrating how good it is. The lead and her computer science major roommate are in the Savage Land, trying to stop the whole joint from breaking down due to a weird software glitch. Along the way, a romance blooms, two pterosaurs get saved from being stuck in a bathroom, the issue opens with one of the most savage eviscerations of the current crossover ever made and mid-issue, there is a wholly cogent examination of the merits and costs of super powered beings in the midst of normal people that lacks all the bitterness and deconstructionism that's become so common. The creative team of Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi and Travis Lanham are hitting three point shots from the locker room. Amazing.
WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?
That's one hell of an enjoyable book.