The Buy Pile: Even Shuri Can't Save You



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 ...


Nothing #3

For the first time in many moons, there wasn't a single book that combined balanced plotting, effective characterization, and solid visual storytelling well enough to make it home. Darn it!

Shuri #7 was a cute but somewhat forgettable team-up with Miles Morales and Ms. Marvel, tanked by another subpar performance by Graviton, who should really be better than this. The action scenes were a little less clear than they needed to be, too. Nice ideas that got lost in execution here. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Justice League #22 is ambitious as heck, casting every "crisis" we've seen as intentional elements of a meta story of omniversal scale. This issue explains a lot, like a great wiki entry, but isn't much of a story. It leaves the truly big questions of the allegedly final judgment dangling and, right, has zero actual Justice Leaguers here nor considers resolving the challenge they're stuck with. Huge swing, but it's a miss. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #261 has outstanding military action with a rescue mission in the desert and sub-par and inconclusive action with Destro and the Baroness Some characterization snuck in for the first, but the balance of the plot was off. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

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