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 JULY 27, 2016
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #10
There are so many hilarious, awful, amazing things in this issue that it's hard to know where to start. The word "convenienced" is part of the sneakiest laugh in the issue, the roommate Nancy has a super awkward underground confrontation, there's an awesome physics lecture and, as always, the "MAD Magazine"-styled gags at the bottom of pages perfectly punctuate the gags. Writer Ryan North makes these wonderful, origami-like scripts that unfold beautifully and are intricate but well organized. The art team of Erica Henderson, Tom Fowler, Rico Renzi, Kyle Starks and Travis Lanham do wonderfully quirky, fluid visual storytelling. All around fun stuff.
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #55
The only concern about this wonderful, emotional and engaging comic book is its final denouement, an odd look farther back than ever before. Every other element, tying in events and plot elements from all over the run of this wonderful series, meshed together with clockwork precision and flowed wonderfully, taking every character where they needed to be in order to bring a satisfying conclusion. James Roberts' script is simply amazing and the visual presentation from Alex Milne, Joana LaFuente and Tom B. Long delivers big time.
WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?
There's two books you'll want to read, time and time again!
Plus, you can get "Aspen Universe: Sourcebook" #1 (written by the maker of this column) at fine retailers everywhere.