The Buy Pile: The Greatest Thing Superman Has Ever Done


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 ...


Superman #39 (DC Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. Superman takes a whole day to take a hospital ward full of sick kids on the most intense day they've ever seen, including spending time with all his friends in the Justice League. That's it. That's the end of the review. That's all you need. This is literally one of the best things Superman has ever done, and if you don't enjoy this, you might be a social injustice warrior. A big round of applause goes to Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Barry Kitson, Scott Hanna, Gabriel Eltaeb and Rob Leigh for this simple, self-contained, wonderful look at the heroes we deserve.

Justice League #37 (DC Comics)

Let's not play the blame game in Justice League #37.

Jump from the Read Pile. This issue is insidious in its subtle commentary on the state of superheroics. A self-proclaimed fan of the Justice League wants them to be better, and decides to force them through hell to get them there. Given that he's a square jawed Caucasian of about the right height, this made his impersonation of Batman and subsequently another Leaguer all too easy. Given genius level intellect and the "who built the Batcave?" problem, that makes him a legitimate threat in the kind of way Prometheus used to be. The script from Christopher J. Priest is like an earworm, digging into your brain and forcing you to examine the idols on pedestals, while the intimate, sly visuals from Phillipe Briones, Gabe Eltaeb and Willie Schubert brilliantly deliver on this twisted narrative.


Comics that make you feel and make you think? That's a heck of a start!

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