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 SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
Due to not finding likely favorites at retail (America? Sold out), nothing demanded a ride home this week. Maybe that means it's time to catch up on some awesome web comics or maybe even buy a comic that can't be reviewed due to conflict of interest. Rare, but it happens sometimes.
WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?
Oi. That's a bad start.
THIS WEEK'S READ PILE
Honorable Mentions: Stuff worth noting, even if it's not good enough to buy
Super Sons #8 had some really big ideas depicted in panels that were way too small for its brilliance and a whole universe of interesting looking new heroes barely got any chance to become distinguished. Great concepts, limited execution.
There is a lot to like about G.I. JOE First Strike #1, which thematically hearkened back to the animated episode "The Most Dangerous Thing In The World" with Shipwreck in command as the VENOM team joins Cobra's first female Commander (and to be honest, it's funny that she hasn't taken over sooner) for lots of shooting and a MASS Device styled scavenger hunt bracketed with high caliber automatic gunfire. There were great lines of dialogue, ("I KNOW!"), intriguing artwork and fun character moments but the plot was far too noisy to convey itself effectively.
Superman #31 was a rather good Lois Lane story, as she montages her way through some solid investigative journalism to get some face (?) time with Slade Wilson before his recent crisis of conscience. The storytelling is good but Superman is a blunt instrument in it, which is a disappointing use of his abilities. Not bad, but not exactly a backdoor pilot.
It's widely accepted that Tony Stark is, essentially, a jerk. Invincible Iron Man #11 casts some doubt on that idea, as the women in his life discuss his vulnerabilities, his heroism, his charity and his secrets. As a character piece it was very engaging, but as a story proper, it was the equivalent of a clip show.
No, just ... no ... These comics? Not so much ...
Batman The Red Death #1 is wrong. At its core, it posits a Bruce Wayne who could be broken by tragedy and turned into everything that Bruce Wayne is not, capable of climbing to power over the corpses of his friends. Owlman as an effectively evil Batman worked because of his singularity, from an essentially upside down universe. The idea of "the seven most dangerous Batmen that never were," existing through the betrayal of a life of being Batman, is a corruption of the Grant Morrison "Bat-God" mythos. The very idea rings false in an mainstream too hamstrung by work-for-hire contracts to build a legitimate antagonist in the last two or three years that wasn't a fallen version of a hero. On top of that, this Firestormed speedster murder Batman doesn't even do anything particularly interesting, with unclear visual storytelling and a hand-me-down power set. This issue is not just bad, it's tired, from conception to execution.
SO, HOW BAD WAS IT?
A number of would-be contenders underperformed and that crossover title is the worst.
WINNERS AND LOSERS
This week went like worse than the freaking Hindenburg. Let's move on, quickly, yikes ...
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