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 31, 2018
Charlie's Angels #5 (Dynamite Entertainment)
Jump from the Read Pile. With a wholly bombastic plot, this issue puts a perfect punctuation mark on this fun little mini series. The titular characters have to save men on two continents with nothing more than their wits, and that leads to such grandiose shenanigans and kookiness that when you get to the note perfect finale, everything goes perfectly. This John Layman script is gleeful in its campiness and the visuals from Joe Eisma, Celeste Woods and Taylor Esposito manage thrilling action and gripping suspense equally well. This is a great surprise. RATING: BUY.
There are two really good stories in Batman Secret Files #1 -- a layered and complex Cheryl Lynn Eaton story returning to a part of Gotham Batman avoids and a Tom Taylor tale thats some of the best detective comics in recent memory. Unfortunately the lead narrative middles without a beginning or end and the rest of the work is either just plain okay or forgettable. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
Uber Invasion #17 is pretty and mean with barely a lick of characterization in it as lots and lots of stuff gets blown up really well. The well framed plot showed great craft, as dkd the gorgeous artwork. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
Okay, first, the story in Deathstroke Yogi Bear Special #1 is largely dumb and without consequences. Fair. On the other hand there are two great things in this book. First, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy show up in a very unexpected place and that's very entertaining. Second, Deathstroke is a quip machine, drifting closer to Deadpool territory while maintaining his grim mithlessmess. That's actually a kind of enjoyable surprise. Add in Mark Texeira's great action scenes and you get, well ... RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
There are some very engaging parts about West Coast Avengers #3 -- the aesthetics of giant combat, the cleverness of rookie hero Fuse, a nice realization from B.R.O.D.O.K., virtually everything Quentin Quire says. Unfortunately, the ridiculous plot is a little too short sighted, the final pages needlessly goofy and the team generally ill suited to do the job. Not bad, and with a more clever plot, it might go somewhere. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.