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The Buy Pile: The Genius of The Wasp

The Unstoppable Wasp #1

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) 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 OCTOBER 17, 2018

Unstoppable Wasp #1 (Marvel Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. If you take the bright, fun animated-style artwork from Gwenpool and apply it to the quirky antics of a girl genius, you'd get this slightly goofy but very endearing romp. The beekeepers of A.I.M. are back at it and Nadia Pym has a team of STEM-minded teenaged gal pals to (safely) help her fight the forces of what we'll call, for shorthand's sake, evil. The script from Jeremy Whitley manages a fairly big cast with deftness, even giving a new antagonist a reason to shine (especially if you know what her father Hank Pym has been up to), and the visuals from Gurihiru and Joe Caramagna are practically perfect.

Shuri #1 is a flawless exploration of the character that accepts all we've seen before while infusing the flavor and wonder Letitia Wright gave the character. The introduction of The Elephant's Trunk was both intriguing and worrisome like Stark's old Illuminati meetings. The artwork is very engaging and Wakanda looks vibrant and fantastic. Why not buy? Well, it wasn't the elder crossing their arms wrong for the Wakanda Forever salute, but for all the things that could have happened, very little actually did, all while making T'challa again takes a mis-step. A problematic fave at best, but it definitely has room to improve. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Star Wars Darth Vader #22 had some interesting perspectives on art and a lot of info on a previously unknown Sith (who followed almost none of the rules) but it was less of a story and more of a murder-minded wiki entry. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

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