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 MARCH 25, 2015
Nothing (No Publisher Mentioned)
After an exhaustive reading, there were two decent quotes in otherwise "meh" comics, but other than a new comic that can't be reviewed due to a conflict of interest, there's nothing that meets the standards of the column. Sorry.
WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?
Ruh roh ...
THIS WEEK'S READ PILE
Honorable Mentions: Stuff worth noting, even if it's not good enough to buy
"Catwoman" #40 is a masterful tease, a symphony of build up and bated breath that ends with an anticlimax. This column has long felt Selina Kyle's ascension as mob boss would make a better prose novelization than sketchily depicted periodical, and that assertion holds.
"Solitary" #2 was an improvement over the not bad first issue as a super powered convict is caught in what has to be an unconstitutional application of criminal justice. Unlike when Frank Castle or Rorschach get sent to prison, this is not a grinning holiday of violence and sight gags, but instead an oppressive and cyclical punishment for someone who may be innocent. Well done but one heck of a downer.
"All-New Ghost Rider" #12 had wall-to-wall action and outstanding art, but an anticlimactic and somewhat pat ending. It's allegedly going to be back after "Secret Wars," but we'll see how this new status quo plays out.
"Chew" #47 had an effective and hilarious procedural portion from a decidedly unexpected source. However, the ongoing and underlying plot lines stalled with a false flag finale that seemed spurious. When this is on TV, we'll all say it's brilliant.
The "Meh" Pile Not good enough to praise, not bad enough to insult, not important enough to say much more than the title
"Effigy" #3, "Quantum And Woody Must Die" #3, "New Avengers" #32, "Wayward" #6, "Daredevil" #14, "Sinestro" #11, "Powers" #2, "Invincible" #118, "Captain Midnight" #21, "Batman Eternal" #51, "G.I. JOE Snake Eyes Agent Of Cobra" #3, "Legendary Star-Lord" #10, "Arkham Manor" #6, "Nightcrawler" #12, "Walking Dead" #139, "Jem And The Holograms" #1, "Deathlok" #6, "Justice League Dark" #40, "Matty's Rocket" #1, "Gotham Academy" #6, "PastAways" #1, "Elektra" #11, "He-Man The Eternity War" #4, "Uncanny X-Men" #32, "Wicked + The Divine" #9, "Transformers Windblade Combiner Wars" #1, "Red Lanterns" #40, "Valiant" #4, "Deathstroke" #6, "Guardians Of The Galaxy" #25, "Skullkickers" #31, "Curb Stomp" #2, "Infinity Man And The Forever People" #9, "D4VE" #2, "New 52 Futures End" #47, "Deadpool" #44, "Conan Red Sonja" #3, "Darth Vader" #3, "Thief Of Thieves" #27, "Guardians 3000" #6, "Flash" #40, "Inhuman" #13, "Tomb Raider" #14, "Secret Avengers" #14, "Batman And Robin" #40, "Miami Vice Remix" #1, "Earth 2 World's End" #25, "Nova" #28, "Bunker" #10, "Aquaman" #40, "Dream Police" #6, "Amazing X-Men" #18, "13 Coins" #6.
No, just ... no ... These comics? Not so much ...
"Multiversity Ultra Comics" #1 is kind of terrible. It really tries hard to be metatextual and clever, trying some creative narrative exercises, but despite bright, crisp artwork and a preponderance of ideas, the whole thing just falls apart on itself, even in its own words, and accomplishes nothing as a story. Stop it.
SO, HOW BAD WAS IT?
Uh ... it was aight ...
WINNERS AND LOSERS
No valid purchases, more "meh" than we wanted ... guh.
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