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Doctor Aphra #28

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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 30, 2019

Star Wars Doctor Aphra #28 (Marvel Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. In this thin week, this issue is a comedy of errors as Triple Zero accepts some unpleasant truths and the titular rogue archaeologist does too good a job of teaching. The Simon Spurrier script is fast paced, and the visuals from Emilio Laiso, Rachelle Rosenberg and Joe Caramagna delivers some great action with supporting characters coming off the bench with great performances. There’s just enough happening to make it work with the fascinating characters playing a long — and that last page is a cold blooded gut punch. RATING: BUY.

In Heroes In Crisis #5, Tom King writes one of the best superhero speeches maybe ever, definitely since Captain America's, "No, you move" (itself a Mark Twain adaptation) to be spoken by possibly the only hero who could out-speek Cap. Likewise, a zany development pops up that might change the whole nature of the series' central mystery, and there are some fun moments with Batgirl. This is much better and much more coherent, but still not connecting quite enough pieces to justify the price of admission. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Do you like Ozymandias but miss the stories where he was an arguable "hero?" Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1 is here to scratch that itch, going a long way from the Moon Knight-esque reboot of a few years ago. The supporting cast is wholly derived from cookie cutters and unremarkable in the extreme, but the art's pretty and the lampshading of the core concept has some legs. It's better than the last take, but it hasn't connected yet. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Star Trek IDW 20/20 #1 was a very cute painted prequel that almost made it home. Twenty years before taking the helm of the Enterprise, Picard ascends to the big chair of the Stargazer and faces some diplomatic challenges after meeting someone who'll become a lifelong friend. A great bit of strategy that will surely excite diehard fans. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Unstoppable Wasp #4 shows that Nadia Pym may have inherited more from her hather than his intellect and that's more After School Special than you might be used to in this title. A rush to pathos whereas some build up might have been a better choice. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Robots Vs Princesses #4 is a speedy if acceptable conclusion to the genre-mashing mini series, tying together the two disparate societies with a clever plot device but again had a lot of characters who didn't get much space to distinguish themselves. This cute story hits all the marks, but hopefully can deepen its characterization in what looks like room for a planned sequel. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

West Coast Avengers #7 had funny, kooky character stuff happening and fantastic artwork. The plot was a bit cliche and not super intriguing, but it almost got by in the charm of its players. Almost. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

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