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The Buy Pile: Traveling Transformers & The Power of the Press

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 ...

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THE BUY PILE FOR JANUARY 24, 2018

Abbott #1 (Boom! Studios)

Jump from the Read Pile. This was an intriguing start that just managed to balance its tone between historical fiction and the supernatural. A hard nosed, hyper focused Black woman working as a journalist in 1973 Detroit, the title character is a fantastically depicted, nuanced woman struggling with the realities of her time. Working the crime beat, she has an interesting cast of characters around her, and a mystical tragedy that dominates the last third of the issue. The twist elevates this over being a simple period piece as the script from Saladin Ahmed gives us characters that connect and the clear, enjoyable art from Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie and Jim Campbell give you every classic Diahann Carroll vibe you need.

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Transformers Lost Light #13 (IDW Publishing)

Imagine you were locked in a cramped space with a band of various types of heavily armed lunatics who were arguably your friends, stuck on a long trip. Sounds kooky, huh? Then imagine the lunatics are all between 20-60 foot tall giant robots who change into vehicles and other assorted things. That's this issue, which goes a long way to tie up plot threads going back years and go through a characterization showcase ("Only six words left. Worth it.") that's amazing to see ... if you know who these people are. If the words "Cyclonus and Tailpipe" means nothing to you, you might be wholly lost, but this series stopped caring about slowing down for the niceties years ago -- it's straight to TF Wiki for you.

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James Roberts is writing Douglas Adams levels of whimsy now, and the artwork from Alex Milne, Joana LaFuente and Tom B. Long is engaging, emotional and effective. Like Fables before it, this long run continues to reward those who have stayed along for the ride.

WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?

Two fantastic books and that dope Mine! anthology today (that can't be reviewed because it's too long and a conflict of interest)? Nice.

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