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 APRIL 4, 2018
Deathstroke #30 (DC Comics)
Yeah, this is the stuff. Someone far, far behind the scenes goes to great lengths to put Slade Wilson and Bruce Wayne on a collision course in a huge Thomas Crown Affair level game of one-upsmanship. To say much more would spoil the numerous delicious surprises, but the Christopher Priest script is precise and meticulous, like a production of Noises Off, while the artwork from Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Jeromy Cox and Willie Schubert bring this thrilling, globe spanning adventure to vibrant life before your eyes. RATING: BUY.
Exit Stage Left The Snagglepuss Chronicles #4 (DC Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. Snagglepuss Chronicles is bold and horrifying as it takes a swing at the oppressive psychosexual environment of the McCarthy era. The title character, Huckleberry Hound and other characters suffer under the yoke of "public decency laws" and societal expectations. This is surprisingly deep storytelling even as it puts a cartoonish edge on stories told as effectively in other mediums. Like Fruitvale Station, it's a difficult story to take in, rife with moments of gallows humor and true pathos (there's a scene with a conflicted policeman that's heartbreaking) as no one is allowed a sliver of joy under the spotlight of what's right. RATING: BUY.
Rise Of The Black Panther #4 (Marvel Comics)
The biggest problem with having amazing power is that one sometimes ends up making its own worst enemies. Osama bin Laden once worked with the CIA, and Saddam was cozy with the US for decades, so as we see Wakanda emerge as a superpower, logically even they must be the source of their own problems. prodigal son Killmonger comes home, the White Wolf makes clear his desires and Doom is less an antagonist and more a puppet in grand schemes beyond his ego and rivalries. Writer Evan Narcisse is writing some of the best T'challa stories we've seen since Chadwick hit the screen, and his expansive script is brought to sprawling, enthralling life by Javier Pina, Stephane Paitreau and Joe Sabino. RATING: BUY.
Nightwing #42 (DC Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. This issue is quite a pleasant surprise as Dick Grayson heads into the Tokyo underworld on a rescue mission that plays out like a video game (in the best possible way) and a fable (again, in the best possible way). With a clever framing device and an alarming new weapon added to the Bat arsenal, the title character is all flashing fists and quick quips. The script by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly is vastly efficient and engaging, while the stylized artwork of Jorge Corona, Mat Lopes and Carlos M. Mangual did a great job of presenting this done-in-one story. RATING: BUY.
Justice League #42 (DC Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. There is a lot going on here, and you really might want to reread the last two issues. In short, the Justice League has two problems. On one side, a "fan" who helped build their watchtower has decided to "strengthen" them by pushing their buttons using inside information and, you know, explosives. That led to the watchtower crashing in a war torn sub Saharan nation ruled by what looks like an evil version of Happy Pants Panther called The Red Lion, and the League is caught in the middle. Oh, and Deathstroke is crashing on the Red Lion's couch. There were too many entertaining moments to deny here, and in the hands of a writer less skilled than Christopher J. Priest here, this issue could have been a mess. However, with this script (which will be even better collected) and the visuals from Pete Woods and Willie Schubert, this issue brings it on home. RATING: BUY.