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 NOVEMBER 1, 2017
Black Lightning Cold Dead Hands #1 (DC Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. First of all, the craft on this issue is stellar. Tony Isabella's script has wonderful characterization for lead and supporting characters, deft and concise plotting. The artwork from Clayton Henry, Pete Pantazis and Josh Reed is dynamic and vivid and engaging. The facts of the matter that underlie the story may be problematic -- aggressive police behavior towards a proven hero -- are all too relevant for our time. Newly developed applications of his powers give him freedom from worry about errant bullets (which are hard to argue against as the character's creator is writing this stuff) but the threat against the genre-standard altruism is jarring. This is an incredibly well made comic, but includes inconvenient truths.
WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?
It's great to see the greats back in fine form -- great start.