The Buy Pile: The Watcher, The Sith & The Outcast Decepticons


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 ...


Darth Vader #12 (Publisher Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. In an issue that just as easily could have been called "put some respeck on my name," Vader acts about as Vaderish as anyone who ever Vadered. Heading back to the Imperial throneworld to investigate an attempt on his life, the title character is attacked again and falls back on old skills before making his position clear in the Imperial hierarchy. Charles Soule's script has lots of classic moments and holds together as a wonderful narrative on its own, while the visual contribution of Guiseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, David Curiel and Joe Caramagna makes the George R.R. Martin-worthy intrigues of Coruscant vibrant and intense.

Uh oh, it's magic in Giles #1.

Giles #1 (Publisher Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. It is virtually impossible to absorb everything in this multi-layered, evocative issue in one sitting. An organization called Watchers once kept tabs on super-powered young women called Slayers. All that is washed away as one of their number is back from the dead and a teenager secretly investigating supernatural mysteries. From this simple tapestry comes a doomed romance, unusual murders, high school dramas and nuanced, subtle poo culture influences that are very enjoyable. Erika Alexander and Joss Whedon collaborate on this clever, engaging script (the principal's office scene is fire) while the visuals from Jon Lam, Dan Jackson, Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt really came together for a super effective start.

Transformers Lost Light #15 (IDW Publishing)

All in together now for Transformers Lost Light #15.

First of all, Skorponok is no longer allowed to watch that last Battlestar Galactica series. Second of all, this fun issue showed the true bonds of friendship and explained a Dinobot design flaw that's likely been around forever and works just like a retcon. The dialogue is fun here and the Scavengers may be some of the lamest Decepticons ever, but their friendship is entertaining to see. This is a solid issue from the creative team of James Roberts, Brendan Cahill, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Joana LaFuente and Tom B. Long.


Pleasant surprises, great performances by favorites, that's the way you wanna kick things off!

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