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 ...
THE BUY PILE FOR AUGUST 17, 2016
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #56
The regular cast takes a break as the murderous Sentinel Prime, a prehistoric would-be leader who was the face of the corrupt regime that caused the Decepticon rebellion shows up with a very big plan. There's a new Cybertron, and Sentinel doesn't like it in a very final way. Most of the plot points are spoilers, but again writer James Roberts makes the characters sing -- Red Alert's paranoia, Fortress Maximus' stalwart nature, Prowl's duplicity. The visual storytelling from Priscilla Tramontano, Joana LaFuente and Tom B. Long is a little rougher than normal, but the wonderful plot twist really stood out. Challenging, rewarding material.
Power Man And Iron Fist #7
There's a big thing going on in the Marvel Universe, but to be frank, it's a pile of bantha poodoo. Here, on the streets of New York, writer David Walker is able to put a human face on it and give the question of predictive policing human consequences. That's no easy feat with Gamecock, Mangler and a guy who intentionally calls himself "Cockroach," but it happens. This tense potboiler of a script is really Danny Rand's moment to shine, switching from the happy-go-lucky Laurel to Cage's exasperated Hardy into the immortal weapon of the recent series where his skyscraper was under attack. Channeling some Michael Scofield, he has a plan and he's exactly where he wants to be, while his BFF grows more agitated, only raising the stakes as they go. The visuals by Sanford Greene, Flaviano, John Rauch and Clayton Cowles do well conveying the creeping dread and tension herein. If you have to make event tie-in comics, this is the way to do it.
WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?
Steady as she goes. That's all good.