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 JULY 26, 2017
Go Go Power Rangers #1 (Boom! Studios)
Jump from the Read Pile. Let's pretend you're not dipped in nostalgia and don't actually know anything about this wildly popular property. If you could come fresh into it, you could start from scratch and make stuff work as you go along. This issue did that by providing perfect and succinct introductions of its leads, establishing a clear threat from its antagonist, giving supporting characters time to shine and taking nothing for granted. Writer Ryan Parrott delivered a script that is virtually perfectly balanced while the visuals presented by Dan Mora, Raul Angulo and Ed Dukeshire perfectly capture every moment from fight scenes to personal interactions. This is a very pleasant surprise.
Occupy Avengers #9 (Marvel Comics)
Despite being forced to tell part of the larger Secret Empire story, this issue manages to squeeze enough entertainment out of its characters to be worth purchasing. A number of First American individuals take up arms against Nazi oppression and engage in cover to cover gun-fu. Writer David Walker again makes Tilda Johnson one of the most engaging presences on the page while man-lost-to-time Red Wolf remains a quote machine. The artwork from Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles does a great job of capturing the sparse landscape and the sudden nature of the violence in question. Even stuck in the muck of a tedious crossover, this is worth seeing.
Transformers Lost Light #8 (IDW Publishing)
If you've never read this series, this issue is very deep in the weeds and may not be accessible enough for you. If you have read this series (and its predecessor, More Than Meets The Eye), the science fiction is slathered on heavily and with great panache as a quartet of crewmembers from the Cybertronian space ark head down to a "gray market" to find a map to a place called "cyberutopia," where progenitors of their mechanical kind went to escape war and insanity. Of course, every brand of shenanigans happened along the way, from petty larceny to breaking and entering to attempted murder. Writer James Roberts weaves an intricate, labyrinthine tale while the visuals from Priscilla Tramontano, Joana LaFuente and Tom B. Long are bright and energetic and fun. Maybe this one is just for the longtime fans, but if you're one, there's plenty to enjoy.
WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?
That's a super pleasant surprise on top of regular candidates from David Walker and James Roberts.