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 AUGUST 30, 2017
Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook #2 (IDW Publishing)
Jump from the Read Pile. This column has a lengthy history of enjoying these kinds of definitive reference materials, all the way up to writing some. This guide — a mix between the old G.I. Joe Order of Battle and an Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe — showcases a lot of the interplay between characters. Of particular interest is the Maighread Scott-penned biography of the Transformer Starscream, which includes an excerpt from a fictionalized book on the subject. Like, a real biography — unfortunately that’s not (yet) available for sale, like the political treatise Towards Peace written by Megatron. In any case, you get a nice picture of how the puzzle pieces fit together with work from a laundry list of writers and artists including Aubrey Sitterson, Brandon Easton, John Barber, Paolo Villanelli, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Guido Guidi and more. Fun stuff and a lengthy, engaging read.
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