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 JANUARY 10, 2018
Mister Miracle #6 (DC Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. This issue is so, so subtle. The title character and his statuesque wife Big Barda battle their way through impossible traps on the way to confront his "brother" Orion. Along the way, the pair have what seems like the most inane, Seinfeld-esque conversation ever that has so much subtlety and character development hidden that you'll want to reread the issue almost immediately. This column has said it before and it remains true: Tom King is a monstrous talent, blazing through brilliant books like Warren Ellis in his prime. The visuals by Mitch Gerads and Clayton Cowles are dynamic, detailed and enthralling. This is amazing work, well worth every cent.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #28 (Marvel Comics)
On one hand, the title character has to defeat Dormammu and cross a galaxy to save her friend. For some comics, that would be eight issues worth of stories. Here? That's just the first two acts. With a hilarious Loki guest shot and Drax being almost as entertaining, this Ryan North penned comic stands up to the exacting, hilarious standard this series has established ("... and on this page, who should appear but, you guessed it, Space Abraham Lincoln") and the fun, whimsical visuals from Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi and Travis Lanham deliver on every increasingly crazy locale and situation. Please don't miss the whimsical side notes in the lower margin, switching perspective from character to writer and back with great humor. Another great, kooky book from a super-reliable creative team.