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) 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 …
THE BUY PILE FOR MAY 23, 2018
On one hand, Black Panther #1 is a good looking, thrilling, action-packed space adventure that hearkens back to Flash Gordon and never takes its foot off the accelerator pedal. On the other hand, it’s either a confusing Elseworlds style tale or really does a number on continuity. The names are familiar, the roles are not, like recasting a myth … and that doesn’t quite sit right with the number of questions that are left at the end of the issue. Interesting enough to check back, but not ready for prime time. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #20 was close to the mark as the framing device of an Imperial interrogation was obscured by the truth, a daring jailbreak attempt from yet another impossibly complex Imperial prison. The plot was a little too labyrinthine for its own good, limiting the characters from letting their charm carry the day. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
Swag Patrol #2 is a solid if somewhat predictable superhero romp spiced up with urban vernacular and rock solid art. There are a couple of legitimate chuckles here, but the material doesn’t exactly break any new grounds. Still, it’s an enjoyable confection for superhero fans looking for something a little different. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
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