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) 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 …
THE BUY PILE FOR NOVEMBER 22, 2018
Heroes In Crisis #1 (DC Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. This issue is most amazing because of the accomplishment it achieves over expectation and Convention. A story traditionally has a beginning, middle, and end. This issue? not so much, and that does nothing to distract from the entertainment value or the earworm-like nature of what’s done here. Writer Tom King once again wheels the nine panel page like a scalpel, definitely humanizing characters in fractional amount of space. Let’s not minimize the visual storytelling contributions of Clay Mann, Tomeo Morey and Clayton Cowles in purposefully jerking this book from idling to full RPMs with frightening precision. The questions raised (what’s up with Booster’s suit, for example) do less to detract from the work than to enhance the mystery. This is a very pleasant surprise, non linear and daring storytelling writ large. RATING: BUY.
Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #310 (Marvel Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. If you love Spider-Man, this wonderful, deeply emotional and surprising issue will take you to the place where that love is truest and purest. If you don’t love Spider-Man, this issue will make crystal clear for you why other people do. A college student is making a documentary on the wall crawler and the interviews are so surprisingly effective. Chip Zdarsky does almost everything here (Travis Lanham handled the lettering) and he does it so, so well. Self contained, this issue gives you everything you need in one package. RATING: BUY.
Transformers Lost Light #24 (IDW Publishing)
Holy crap. One of the things many good action related stories have in common is a rousing, inspirational moment — the kind that brings in mind a battered but unbroken soul, waving a banner triumphantly over a field of battle. Between the leadership of two captains, with a host of just surprising, amazing, heartbreaking moments, you get that inspiration and it’s everything. This sci fi romp has heart where it counts, and if you think that doesn’t make sense in a book about giant robots, pal, you’re nog reading Lost Light. James Roberts, Brendan Cahill, Joana LaFuente and Tom B. Long deserve a standing ovation for this capstone to some of the finest long form storytelling in comics. RATING: BUY. HARD.
Star Wars Poe Dameron #31 (Marvel Comics)
Jump from the Read Pile. In the film thus far, we’ve been introduced to many sides of this comic’s title character. Poe Dameron the brat, the Kobe Bryant-esque hot dog, the strategic catastrophe and so on have gotten ample time on screen to become well understood. This issue fully introduces a Poe Dameron we only got a hint of on screen: Poe Dameron the leader, balancing his passion with a plan, taking his tactical acumen and funneling that into long term benefit. This issue does it all — building out the members of Black Squadron as credible and realized supporting characters, giving wonderful moments and quotes and — of course — blowing lots of things up. Charles Soule, Angel Unzueta, Arif Prianto and Joe Caramagna deliver in a book that gives you the Star Wars feeling that inspired a franchise. RATING: BUY.
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