The Buy Pile: The Future (and Past) Is Female


Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/blogger/novelist/poet/jackass on Twitter/head honcho of Komplicated) takes on an between seven to thirteen reviews (or so) to share his opinions with you. Thursday afternoons you'll be able to get those thoughts (and they're just the opinions of one guy, so calm down) about all of that ... which goes something like this ...


Abbott #3 (Boom! Studios)

Jump from the Read Pile. This issue got the series' groove back, mixing the supernatural with the challenges of 1970s Detroit. There was good character work here as we delved deeper into the protagonist's divorce, her role as a community advocate and her relationship with her gruff editor. Likewise the plot kept moving from an unusual murder attempt to newspaper business to the magical challenges facing the city.

Finally, the big action pieces stood up and forced you to take notice, Writer Saladin Ahmed is gracefully walking a tight rope with this script and Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie and Jim Campbell deliver on every visual aspect of the tale, down to the newspaper article excerpts as a framing device. RATING: BUY.

Star Wars Doctor Aphra #18 (Marvel Comics)

Is it malpractice or just plain fun in Star Wars Doctor Aphra #18? Spoiler: it's the latter!

Jump from the Read Pile. If you're a horrible person, you're really gonna love this issue. The titular doctor is still on mission, manipulated into finding the lost memories of the murderous droid crime lord Triple-Zero. Her scheme has more layers than grandma's holiday cake, one involving the kidnap (and fairly regular berating) of General Hera Syndulla of Star Wars: Rebels fame.

This Kieron Gillen/Si Spurrier script is full of blind alleys and misdirections that will delight and amuse, and the dialogue is very engaging even amidst the betrayals and murder and what not. The visuals from Emilio Laiso, Rachelle Rosenberg and Joe Caramagna aptly handle moments grandiose (a big space battle) and intimate (a bashful admission). RATING: BUY.

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