The Buy Pile: A Week of "Meh"

Superman Smashes The Klan #1


Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/2018-2019 City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Trailblazer/blogger/novelist/poet/jackass on Twitter/head honcho of Komplicated) takes on 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 ...


Nothing (for real?)

Despite poring through stacks of comics submitted, no long standing favorites came out this week; nothing jumped out of the pack to stand, gleaming and true. It's weird because even some likely clunkers barely registered as memorable. Little good, little bad ... little memorable. RATING: WHAAAAAAAAAT?

Superman Smashes The Klan #1 is a beautiful looking book and definitely has its heart in the right place. It posits an Earth significantly better off than ours with a Black police inspector ten years before Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka even while it struggles with white supremacy. The pacing is a little slow, perhaps due to its source material but it earnestly believes in the American dream even when forced to confront the Amerikkkan reality. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

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X-Men #1 is a bold new start ... to dinner. The plot here is razor thin as this script focuses on establishing details that might play out but today are inconsequential. Also, the idea that galactic war criminal Vulcan is just hanging out seems like a recipe for disaster. Overall? RATING: MEH.

Teen Titans #35 took some turns, thematically playing into what's happening in Justice League while Damian Wayne shows much more of his father's more problematic influences than anyone seems to like. This was less a story than an indictment of costumed vigilantism with a nebbishy face, sadly. RATING: MEH.

Black Panther And The Agents Of Wakanda #2 definitely made an impact but ramped up the stakes so high only to have an inconclusive ending with minor character struggles that didn't advance or illuminate. Decent ideas were saddled with merely adequate execution. RATING: MEH.

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Transformers #13 moved faster than previous issues but a lot of things happening is not the same as a story. That Sideswipe transformation sequence was nice and Sentinel Prime seems like a terrible leader, but the name dropping expected the reader to have a stack of tech specs nearby, and that's a mistake. RATING: MEH.


This week's comics were a chore to endure. Unexpected and hopefully anomalous.


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Got a comic you think should be reviewed in The Buy Pile? If we get a PDF of a fairly normal length comic (i.e. "less than 64 pages") by no later than 24 hours before the actual issue arrives in stores (and sorry, we can only review comics people can go to stores and buy), we guarantee to try and review the work, if remembered. Physical comics? Geddouttahere. Too much drama to store with diminishing resources. If you send it in more than two days before comics come out, the possibility of it being forgotten increases exponentially. Oh, you should use the contact form as the CBR email address hasn't been regularly checked since George W. Bush was in office. Sorry!

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