The Buy Pile: Squirrel Girl and the Wonder Twins

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #43


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 ...


Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #43 (Marvel Comics)

Wow. This issue has a travelogue that won't stop as Doreen Green visits two nations and two separate dimensions, dropping in on a crossover that's been brewing behind her back for years. This issue does it all -- huge action scenes (literally), a heartfelt plea from Loki, interdimensional hair advice and so much more. Ryan North is an unsung visionary and this script is another example of his genius, while the visuals from Derek Charm, Rico Renzi and Travis Lanham work well conveying the madness of an invasion from other realms. Once again, fantastic work. RATING: BUY.

Wonder Twins #3 (DC Comics)

Wonder Twins #3
Luckily, Gleek is only half this terrifying in Wonder Twins #3.

Jump from the Read Pile. First, the important business: this is the third issue of this series to make the jump, which by the rules means that any subsequent issue is rated "buy on sight" until it has three sub par issues in a row. It's been some time since a series earned this kind of distinction, and surely not so soon, so, basically, wow. This issue is -- like its predecessors -- brilliant in the little details (finding out Gleek's story in slivers, off-hand jokes). What's a surprise about this issue is its subtlety -- finding a glimmer of doubt in the world's most powerful man, and using that as a prism to show how perseverance and simple goodness matters even in the face of overwhelmingly contrary evidence. Writer Mark Russell is wicked with this efficient, effective script and the bright, friendly yet wonderfully insane artwork from Stephen Byrne and Dave Sharpe brought this issue from topics mundane to spectacular really well. RATING: BUY.

Fairlady #1 wasn't exactly the "complete mystery" its cover promises, but with a super interesting fantasy-based premise, a lead character that could easily be Beauregard from Critical Role and super engaging artwork, this almost made the jump on its charisma alone. Unfortunately, the unsatisfying conclusion to the mystery let the air out of this issue, but it's a promising look at what might come next. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Doctor Who The Thirteenth Doctor #6 has good at and does a great job at capturing our newest doctor's moxie and brilliance, but doesn't have enough plot to connect point "a" to point "what the heck was that?" RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Outer Darkness #6 worked well in fleshing out the creepy universe these magic-inflected space travelers inhabit, but it's balance of character and detail to plot was a little off. This feels like we should get bigger chunks of it, all at once, maybe with longer periods in between. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

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