Shaft's Big Revenge


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 ...


Shaft #5

(Dynamite Entertainment)

With effortless certainty, John Shaft makes his way through self doubt and extraordinary challenges to outwit, outthink and generally be better than everyone around him. David Walker's script is a work of noirish literary excellence and the artwork from Bilquis Evely Daniela Miwa deftly manage the challenging but deeply engaging subject matter. This book is fantastic and this series is a treasure.


Inexpensive but enjoyable start.


Honorable Mentions: Stuff worth noting, even if it's not good enough to buy

"Princeless The Pirate Princess" #3 had some good moments and simply fantastic artwork, but it feels like it was chopped from a larger work and not an individual installment of its own. This is gonna be so great in the TPB.

"Uncanny X-Men" #33 had some interesting emotional moments (using fairly predictable dramatic hooks) and decent action scenes, but its plot was too familiar and too enmeshed in the land of Deja Too (hat tip to author Thaddeus Howze) to connect. Better than some, not quite good enough.

The "Meh" Pile Not good enough to praise, not bad enough to insult, not important enough to say much more than the title

"Tithe" #1, "Captain America And The Mighty Avengers" #7,"D4VE" #3, "Convergence" #2, "Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor" #9, "Nova" #29, "Unity" #17, "Convergence Aquaman" #1, "Fox" #1, "Convergence Batman Shadow Of The Bat" #1, "Ms. Marvel" #14, "Ember" #0, "Convergence Catwoman" #1, "Superior Iron Man" #7, "Groo Friends And Foes" #4, "Spider-Man And The X-Men" #5, "Convergence Green Arrow" #1, "G.I. JOE Snake Eyes Agent Of Cobra" #4, "Convergence Justice League International" #1, "God Is Dead" #32, "Convergence Suicide Squad" #1, "Legendary Star-Lord" #11, "X-Files Season 10" #23, "Convergence Superboy" #1, "Nutmeg" #1, "Convergence Supergirl Matrix" #1, "Star Trek" #44, "Convergence Superman The Man Of Steel" #1, "EI8HT" #3, "Strange Sports Stories" #2, "Letter 44" #15, "Magneto" #17, "Chrononauts" #2, "Eternal" #4, "Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor" #7, "Reyn" #4, "Archie Vs Predator" #1, "Loki Agent Of Asgard" #13, "RunLoveKill" #1, "Dark Gods" #5, "Secret Identities" #3, "Battlestar Galactica Six" #3, "Thor" #7, "Shaper" #2, "Transformers" #40, "Spawn" #251, "Bloodshot Reborn" #1, "Stray Bullets Sunshine And Roses" #3, "Deathlok" #7.

No, just ... no ... These comics? Not so much ...

Nothing terrible? That's cool!


Mostly "meh," which means that it's mostly forgettable.


A win by a thin margin is a win nonetheless, so with just one really worthwhile thing, the week pulls it together by a nose.


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