The Buy Pile: This Week's Comics Roll the RPG 'Die'

Die #5


Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/2018-2019 City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Trailblazer/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 ...


Die #5 (Image Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. This issue's title is "Premise Rejection," but it could easily have been called "hard choices" as the group of childhood friends make all-too-grown up decisions, playing by the rules of this so twisted RPG turned real. There are great turns from the Dictator and the Fool, and there are fun surprises from both the Godbinder and the Grandmaster. Writer Kieron Gillen did a great job with this homebrew gaming system and getting the reader invested in the characters while Stephanie Hans and Clayton Cowles make every panel a natural 17 or higher (especially the "never unarmed" bit). RATING: BUY.

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Deathstroke #42 is a real mixed bag with kinetic, vibrant imagery clashing with chaotic plotting. Razor sharp dialogue wrestles with pacing concerns. This could be great or could fall on its face, depending on how you read it. Ambitious but flawed, this didn't get it together. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION

Star Wars #64 is that part of the heist movie where everything is going according to plan to lull you into a false sense or security before everything goes wrong. The set up from previous issues was too cursory for this to connect -- there's no emotional impact from any supporting character aside from the actor, and even leads like Luke and Chewie get stuck with cliches to spout. Gorgeous looking book, and as a twenty minute segment of a movie, this would be great, but it's not doing it as a single issue. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

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