The Buy Pile: Darth Vader's Big Hunt

Darth Vader #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 ...


Darth Vader #18 (Marvel Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. What does a dark lord of the Sith do when he's bored? This ruthless done in one issue answers that question and it is messy. Like "the end of Rogue One" messy. Vader says very little here and speaks with his actions, all of which are pretty murderous, all while totally explaining his relationship with Tarkin. Charles Soule turned in this wonderfully planned script, and the visual team of Guiseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, David Curiel and Joe Caramagna make this as much of a nailbiter as the original Predator. Fun stuff worth your money. RATING: BUY.

Transformers Lost Light #20 (IDW Publishing)

Transformers Lost Light
The big showdown between Rodimjs and Getaway makes Transformers Lost Light a winner.

A murderous, backstabbing maniac named Getaway has been a major antagonist in this series for more than a year, the kind that gets elected and turns much more dangerous than you'd expect. He finally has his showdown with Lost Light captain Rodimus, with the murder machine Cyclonus facing off against the legendary Star Saber on the undercard, and it is satisfying. Bringing together plot elements from even farther back, this issue really nails it thanks to James Roberts, Casey Coller, Joana Lafuente and Tom B. Long. This has been such an epic run, and it's closing out in style.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #34 (Marvel Comics)

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #34
Doreen Green breaks down the jailhouse philosophy in Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #34.

With a jailhouse debate and a bit of courtroom drama, this issue does quite a bit to cover the topic of how far does one go before they are in fact unredeemable. We get a simply fantastic bit of characterization from Kraven the Hunter (really digging into him as a person) while giving some supporting characters some great moments (including Tony Stark, literally phoning it in with the best possible results) and the title character struggling with her interests in a friendlier world versus its sometimes cruel realities. Great stuff from the creative team of Ryan North, Derek Charm, Rico Renzi and Travis Lanham. RATING: BUY.

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