Zombies & Broken Super Soldiers Vs A Modern Stone Age Family


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 ...


Walking Dead #156

(Image Comics)

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There are certain characters that transcend the page, ones whose moxie or charisma or determination can change the course of the work. Negan is such a character, and here he puts on a performance that would have Robert Duvall, Meryl Streep and Al Pacino standing up and applauding. The visuals on this book are like Swiss clockwork -- always dependable, always balancing terror with tension. This issue, though? It tells a story that's as relentless as a rhino's charge and Negan is the force that propels it. Robert Kirkman drops one of the tightest, most effective scripts in recent memory, and the visual storytelling from Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn and Rus Wooton bring it home in a big way. Stunning.

Throwaways #1

(Image Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile.

This refreshing issue is one heck of an action thriller ready to happen as a female Army ranger, the daughter of immigrants, got the Manchurian Candidate treatment and wants the military-industrial complex out of her head. When she meets a tweaking punk nobody who's father killed federal agents and who can turn into Bullseye for a split second, things get interesting. A little of the energy of "Enemy of the State" in the interplay of Caitlin Kittridge's efficient & engaging script and interesting visuals from Steven Sanders and Rachel Deering manage the balance between spectacle and subtlety well.


Two jumps when nothing was guaranteed a ride home? Way to show up, Image!

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