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 16, 2017
Star Wars #34 (Marvel Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. There are only two Black people worth noting roaming the Star Wars galaxy at large, and they team up for one of the most ambitious capers you’re likely to see. Sana Starros, the “ex-wife” of Han Solo, and widely renowned scoundrel Lando Calrissian play a very, very dangerous game involving thirteen crates full of stolen Imperial blasters. This Jason Aaron-penned script is self-composed and entirely entertaining. The artwork from Salvador Larocca, Edgar Delgado and Clayton Cowles makes heavy use of reference but also creates original looks to deliver the tension and the cleverness of this story. Super enjoyable stuff here that doesn’t need you to know anything more than what you see.
Astro City #46 (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. Once in a while, a story does such a good job of covering its tracks that when its narrative twist is revealed, it makes you re-examine everything that went before. The Sixth Sense had it, and this issue breaks out just such a shock in an almost throwaway panel during an extremely metatextual section that acts as a framing device for the entire series, a moment so sweeping and clever that it makes every panel that preceded it make sense. Writer Kurt Busiek is a monster for coming up with such an amazing, deft and patient concept, and the visuals from Brent Anderson are (as always) remarkable. This is an amazing surprise.
Ultimates 2 #100 (Marvel Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. The key to throwing everything and the kitchen sink at a story and making it work is context. This deeply enjoyable issue has no fewer than three “that’s great” moments as Galactus needs help, the Black Panther figures a way to punch gods in the face and universes fight. As crazy as all of that sounds, Al Ewing weaves it together with a deft script and the visual army of Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, Marco Lorenzana, Scott Hanna, Dan Brown, Matt Yackey and Joe Sabino deliver all these crazy ideas (including an extradimensional group of Avengers) work together perfectly. This is a very enjoyable work.
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