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The Buy Pile: The Immortal Hulk, G.I. Joe and Deathstroke Fight On!

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 AUGUST 1, 2018

Immortal Hulk #4 (Marvel Comics)

With a possible touch of a retcon to Bruce Banner's college transcripts, this is a trip down memory lane with Dr. Walter Lagkowski, who's some Canadian bootleg mash up of Ben Grimm and Reed Richards in his retelling of a history with an almost Von Doom-ish turn. As the furry doctor follows a journalist with a green-tinted history exposing the new state of the Hulk, things go awry and that leads to a challenged place.

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This issue is the first of its run that's not a complete story, but the set up for one, which isn't bad at all but isn't up to previous standards. Still, Al Ewing is a heck of a writer and the visuals from Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, Paul Mounts and Cory Petit are gripping and effective. This series just secured its place on the Buy Pile, let's hope it returns to form next month. RATING: BUY ... STILL.

Deathstroke #34 (DC Comics)

Will Slade Wilson drop a dime (or a penny) on Bruce Wayne in Deathstroke #34?

A showdown between Batman and the titular assassin, happening in the Batcave -- that set up alone is well worth checking for. As they pummel and blast and slice at each other, each criticizes the weaknesses of the other's relative moral position, providing psychoanalysis by way of pugilism.

The creative team of Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Trevor Scott, Jeromy Cox and Willie Schubert deliver with a book that balances violence with value, digging deep to make this duel work given the supporting casts and extenuating circumstances. Worth re-reading and very enjoyable. RATING: BUY.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #254 (IDW Publishing)

What'd you think all the guns was for? Call Destro in G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #254.

Jump from the Read Pile. Destro. The Scottish weapons developer puts it all on the table as he tries to convince a middle eastern head of state why he should call Destro and not trust some off brand solution. This issue has everything in a delightfully done-in-one story by the master of craft Larry Hama with top notch visuals from Netho Diaz, Allison Rodrigues, Jagdish Kumar, James Brown and Neil Uyetake. This has the breezy fun of Danger Girl mixed with the political grittiness of Queen & Country. RATING: BUY.

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