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The Buy Pile: Riri Williams' Last Stand

Ironheart #2

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Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/2018-2019 City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Trailblazer/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 JANUARY 16, 2019

Ironheart #2 (Marvel Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. With another sterling show of characterization, this issue digs deep into Riri Williams' struggle to balance her home life in Chicago with her lab at M.I.T. (maybe she'd be better off setting up with Nadia Pym's G.I.R.L. team). She wrestles with some of the trauma she's experienced, handles some great action scenes, protects the innocent and wrangles with dim witted power structures. Writer Eve Ewing has this voice down pat, perfectly depicting the character's strength and struggles. The art by Luciano Vecchio, Geoffo, Matt Milla and Clayton Cowles delivers on every level. RATING: BUY.

Star Wars Age Of Republic Special #1 has a really good Mace Windu story at the start which goes exactly as it should. Unfortunately, a limp Asaaj Ventress snippet and another failure to end the Tragedy of Jar Jar Binks fail to satisfy. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Black Widow #1 encapsulates the fear and frustration many feel with the endless events as Natasha is back from the dead with a chip on her shoulder. She finds her way to a place where everybody pretty much has it coming, but the plot comes to an abrupt stop instead of giving readers some kind of conclusion. Not bad, but not sterling work. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Catwoman #7 has spectacular visuals, but a plot that does next to nothing but cause mayhem for people looking to have a good time. Shocking, sudden, wonderfully threatening, but not very clear in its intent. RATING: MEH.

Fantastic Four #6 will be manna for the nostalgic fan's soul as it plays things very close to the classical playbook. If you've ever read Marvel's first family, this might seem too familiar. Nothing wrong, but no new ideas either. RATING: MEH.

Remember on the show when Barry was pretty stupid most of the time and everybody else saved his butt? Flash #62 is like that, but without Joe West's cool composure or Cisco Ramon's pop culture awesomeness. Well drawn, action packed, but you start to feel bad for the poor sap. RATING: MEH.

Re: Invaders #1. Nothing good will come of this. Seriously, nothing good comes from Namor mobilizing against the surface world (which works so well for Mole Man) as his friends reminisce about fighting Nazis the first time. It's not working. RATING: MEH.

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