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 OCTOBER 4, 2017
Deathstroke #24 (DC Comics)
The world’s (maybe) greatest assassin is teaching superhero school, and every lesson is potentially fatal. The second speedster named Wally West is not telling the truth, but he’s really bad at it. That leads to some embarrassing revelations and some near scuffles as we get a look at the lives of young would-be heroes when they are not in spandex. Writer Christopher Priest wields the title character like a scalpel, or for fans of The West Wing it’s akin to the presence of Jed Bartlett in scenes even where the actor was absent. The amazing visuals from Diogenes Neves, Jason Paz, Trevor Scott, Jeromy Cox and Willie Schubert make these instances vibrant and enthralling. This is another slick, dysfunctional achievement in bold storytelling.
Eugenic #1 (BOOM! Studios)
Jump from the Read Pile. This is one of the most disturbing ideas to see print in any medium, let alone comics, that wholly fulfills the Kanye West proclamation: “No one man should have all that power.” After a viral outbreak cuts more than half the world’s population, a scientist develops a vaccine that stops the infection in its tracks and, in a way, saves the world. Sounds great, right? The twists and turns this story takes are all too twisted, and this insidious script from James Tynion the Fourth is absolutely evil in the best possible way, and the patient visuals from Eryk Donovan, Dee Cunniffe and Jim Campbell shifts perfectly between moments of relative calm and absolute terror. This book ain’t right, and you’ll love it for that quality.
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