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Transformers Lost Light #18


Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/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 ...


Transformers Lost Light #18 (IDW Publishing)

If this is your first exposure to this title, or you're a casual fan of giant robots, please just put the book down now. Even if you find something you like -- and you might --you'll need several trade paperbacks or a long time reading TFWiki to get a sense of all these shenanigans. If you know about Rodimus and the Lost Light and the quest to chase the Knights of Cybertron to Cyberutopia, sweet spirit singing are you in for a treat. First of all, block out some time, because you're gonna need to read this more than once as so many loose ends and questions and theories get settled or put to bed for once and for all, bringing long lingering narrative threads to such a brilliant, well conceived end you'll think you're finding out the truth about Ghost Nation all over again. If, as writer James Roberts has implied on Twitter, this has been the plan all along, we are witnessing one of the most amazing "stick the landing" moments in the history of comics, if not long form serialized narratives period. Let's not take an iota of credit away from Jack Lawrence, Joana LaFuente and Tom B. Long who took no fewer than three gasp-worthy moments (among many others worth an appreciative nod) and transformed them (no pun intended) into amazingly effecive visuals that really did some amazing heavy lifting. Wow. RATING: BUY.

Mister Miracle #9 (DC Comics)

Mister Miracle #9
Has Darkseid developed a trap even Scott Free can't escape in Mister Miracle #9?

Jump from the Read Pile. Writer Tom King has a gift for subversive narratives, and this book is a masterpiece in his catalog. Two warring nations, led by two adoptive brothers, are trying to negotiate peace. If you know your DC history and know that Apokolips, New Genesis, Kalibak and Scott Free are all wildly disparate points on any given map, then there's rich subtext available to you. If you don't, you get a sense of Apokolips -- subtleties, things only "locals" could know, all with what's on the page and it is in fact pretty much amazing.

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The conclusion is breathtaking, the build up certain and cautious and every panel you think is a throwaway comes sharply into focus with the last page. This book is insidious in its brilliance, and the care and craft applied by Mitch Gerads and Clayton Cowles is just as ruthlessly effective. Wow. RATING: BUY

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #33 (Marvel Comics)

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #33
Go nuts for the latest adventures of Doreen Green in Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #33.

If you're looking not to think this week, whew, you're in the wrong place because this book is intensely cerebral and downright fun. While perfectly characterizing a sizeable number of players, this issue's plot is like a Rube Goldberg machine full of awesomeness as a mysterious (and semi-remembered) villain has trapped the title character, Kraven the Hunter, the literally perfect Brain Drain, Koi Boy, Chipmunk Hunk (a big surprise) and his girlfriend Mary in a series of death traps masquerading as one of those escape rooms. Writer Ryan North is awe-inspiring with his cavalcade of gags and delicious plot twists, while the visual team of Derek Charm, Rico Renzi and Travis Lanham make every panel a little slice of joy. RATING: BUY.

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