The Buy Pile: From Border Town to Cybertron

Border Town #1


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 ...


Border Town #1 (Vertigo/DC Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. This issue is a virtually perfect set up issue, establishing all the characters with enough time for the reader to become engaged all while pushing the plot -- the first day at a new school for a kid from out of town -- forward with a wonderful supernatural sheen around it. Writer Eric Esquivel has created believable, relatable players here and established the magical realism underpinnings of this effectively. The visuals from Ramon Villalobos, Tamra Bonvillain and Deron Bennett wonderfully capture the boredom and frustration of the characters, all struggling to find something better for themselves. This is a very pleasant surprise and a great start for a new series. RATING: BUY.

Transformers Lost Light #23 (IDW Publishing)

Transformers Lost Light #23
Transformers Lost Light #23 goes so, so, so far ... whoo!

Possible descriptions for this issue include: mind-bending, intense, funny, overwhelming, grandiose and "whoa." With pacing that would make Douglas Adams blanche and clap with delight, this James Roberts script never even acknowledges the intellectual possibility of a brake pedal as a planet sized murderbot tears through fleets of spaceships the size of Alaska and entire worlds as a warm up act. All the while, perhaps the most ridiculous collection of mechanoids ever assembled learns the true, forgotten history of their race and discover the ideological conflict at the root of their millions of years of war. These are the big ticket items, but along the way there are a number of attempted murders, lots of yelling, quips and Megatron stepping forth to save the entire freaking universe. Holy freaking crap, this is the most audacious, ambitious, engaging giant robot book ever, ignoring all the conventions of new readers (while, admittedly, tfwiki.net and the editorial notes give a lot of context) with remarkably detailed and communicative visuals from Jack Lawrence, Joana Lafuente and Tom B. Long, all without a lick of interest in what's happening in the other "crossover" titles. RATING: BUY.

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