Tricksters, Sidekicks, Misfits & Dimension Jumping


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 ...


Vote Loki #3

(Marvel Comics)

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Previous issues of this frighteningly lifelike parody have stayed largely in the realm of the possible, sticking to bloviating for news cameras and spinning stories in the court of popular opinion. This time, Loki kicks it up a notch showing his deftness in a televised presidential debate and in real life interventions. The creeping dread that someone truly horrible is about to be elected is disturbingly timely and gets very entertaining when mixed with godlike powers and magic. A scary road to travel with creative team Christopher Hastings, Langdon Foss, Chris Chuckry, Rachelle Rosenberg and Travis Lanham that's just the tonic for these troubled times.

Nightwing #2

(DC Comics)

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Dick Grayson is again out on a ledge -- literally -- with a less-than-inspired plan, only to find a disturbing mirror image looking back at him and mocking everything he is. New character Raptor is equal parts antagonist and catalyst as a new secret organization (the Parliament of Owls replacing Spyral) makes an effectively threatening backdrop. Tim Seeley's script is clever and intricate, weaving the fast-paced plot with the parallel character development, drawing the titular hero further into darkness ... but in a good way, not a Cumberbatch way. The visuals presented by Javier Fernandez, Chris Sotomayor and Carlos M. Mangual move when they need to and seethe when the plot calls for it, the bittersweet last page being enormously effective. Interesting stuff.

Super #6

(Unlikely Heroes Studios)

Like many comics these days, this wasn't exactly, by strict definitions, a story. It just kind of muddled along without starting or, purely, stopping. However, unlike most comics, virtually every single panel is dangerously entertaining. The script from Zachary Dolan and Justin Piatt is simply a hoot, with so much characterization packed in that it is unbelievable. A villain (sort of) gets introduced and it not only yields some great references (nice Stones riff) but makes the last page a wonderful moment well-established by the rest of the issue. As good as the script is, you simply have to be stunned at the wonder and variance of tones, imagery and ideas brought to life by Dolan, Everardo Orozco and Laurie Foster. You could just go panel by panel and study this book, and it'd be worth your money -- every moment with this motley group is worth it. So good to see this simply outstanding work back in the marketplace, a book that's like an evolution of the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire "Justice League."

Black Science #23

(Image Comics)

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Apparently, nobody in this series ever saw "Empire Strikes Back," but the tale of fatherly devotion and a child's disappointment worked on a few levels as a kind of science fiction fairy tale. This was close to the mark with some clever turns of phrase and a bit of come-upsmanship that was just about perfect. Rick Remender's script wonderfully depicted all the characters, as even ones who don't show up, like the Prince, got fleshed out. The artwork from Matteo Scalera, Moreno Dinisio and Rus Wooton really kept the reader entangled in this bittersweet inter-dimensional fable, and the story haunts you, looking at truly high stakes for everyone involved. Nicely done.


Three jumps! The return of a favorite! Great success!

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