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 DECEMBER 27, 2017
WWE #12 (Boom! Studios)
Jump from the Read Pile. This very effective issue encapsulated the story of three men chasing their ambitions while not understanding the costs of achieving it. The whole series has focused on the wrestling trio The Shield, but you really only need this issue that wraps it all up into a neat, single story. Writer Dennis Hopeless really made the connection between the characters effective and the visuals from Serg Acuna, Tim Lattie, Doug Garbark and Jim Campbell make the tension between the characters really work. This is a refreshing step up for this run.
Transformers Lost Light #12 (IDW Publishing)
If you're new, it might be very hard to keep up here. Sorry about that. If you're a fan of certain old school G1 Transformers, there is a moment here that is rough, but fair. If you know how close it is to 100 issues with this crew, then this episode (and it is that, an episode, despite telling a complete story) is amazing. Getaway is, to be frank, a horrible sentient. The fact that he wears an Autobot badge and is freely followed by anyone proves that so much of what started the Decepticons was in the right.
Here, betrayals and murder and lies all swirl together in a delicious stew of narrative intensity as this issue changes from cover up to escape mission with deftness. James Roberts will not relent as he continues writing perhaps the best Transformer run in the history of comics. Given the huge number of cast members here, he's ably helped by Jack Lawrence, Andrew Griffith, Joana LaFuente, John-Paul Bove, Priscilla Tramontano and Tom B. Long. Brace yourself for the big dance number, which goes deep in the crates.
WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?
Interesting and encouraging start from the licensed properties.