The Buy Pile

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The Buy Pile

Hannibal Tabu's long running review column THE BUY PILE may sometimes be brutal, possibly even without provocation, but it always shoots straight when taking a gander at the week's latest comics.

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The Buy Pile: Shaft's Big Finale

The Buy Pile: Shaft's Big Finale

The swan song for the Dynamite detective makes the week a win - barely - as "Convergence" is like a Bataan Death March and "Secret Wars" loses focus.

The Buy Pile: Secret Wars, Star Wars & A Gorilla on Drums

The Buy Pile: Secret Wars, Star Wars & A Gorilla on Drums

Darth Vader continues to shine, Jonathan Hickman makes a big Heroclix match work as a story, and, yeah -- that's a gorilla playing the drums. Rock on.

The Buy Pile: Spiders & Squirrels Make Mine Marvel

The Buy Pile: Spiders & Squirrels Make Mine Marvel

Peter Parker and Bass Lass lead off a week of hilarity and heroism where great collections and nothing going wrong lead to a fantastic Six-o de Mayo.

The Buy Pile: The Collected Poetry of Megatron

The Buy Pile: The Collected Poetry of Megatron

Quirky robots on a spaceship can't beat the insanity of "Multiversity" nor the Iron Man/Cap slapfighting that's been going on since "Civil War."

The Buy Pile: Squirrel Girl Rocks, and Mark Waid is Still Evil

The Buy Pile: Squirrel Girl Rocks, and Mark Waid is Still Evil

The Thrillbent creator re-teamed with his longtime collaborator, and a college freshman finds the true key to answering the threat of Galactus.

The Buy Pile: Shaft's Big Revenge

The Buy Pile: Shaft's Big Revenge

The fifth issue of the noirish detective series is another gem in a crossover-heavy week.

The Buy Pile: Bad Guys In Steel & Superhero Retirement

The Buy Pile: Bad Guys In Steel & Superhero Retirement

Vader goes off the reservation, Megatron's strongest believer has a plan and an "Astro City" hero finds his happy ending.

The Buy Pile: Bradbury & Batman Win Big

The Buy Pile: Bradbury & Batman Win Big

Friendship and family take center stage as an adaptation of a science fiction giant’s work dazzles and Damian Wayne shows how to make superheroing cool.

The Buy Pile: Celebrating Ten Years

The Buy Pile: Celebrating Ten Years

As we celebrate ten years worth of columns at this site, nothing made the jump for a week of comics that's mostly a mass of "meh."

The Buy Pile: A Space Princess, The Man of Tomorrow & Going Nuts

The Buy Pile: A Space Princess, The Man of Tomorrow & Going Nuts

Mark Waid gives us the Leia we deserve, Superman gets down to earth and Squirrel Girl again proves her excellence in a week of winning comics.

The Buy Pile: Detective Work, Space Battles & New Jersey

The Buy Pile: Detective Work, Space Battles & New Jersey

Marvel has the biggest wins and the only disappointment as Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan stand side by side with John Shaft for a winning week.

The Buy Pile: Singing Some Space Age Love Songs

The Buy Pile: Singing Some Space Age Love Songs

Giant robots find real tenderness while "Saga's" star-crossed Capulets and Montagues struggle to locate the same against the backdrop of intergalactic war.

The Buy Pile: Man Without Fear, Sith Without Mercy

The Buy Pile: Man Without Fear, Sith Without Mercy

Palpatine's apprentice makes his presence known while Matt Murdock has a good day and barely knows what to do with it in a week that skids and crashes overall.

The Buy Pile: Sidekicks and Spacemen

The Buy Pile: Sidekicks and Spacemen

A new Action Labs book makes its mark while Dan Slott and Mike Allred take Marvel's Silver Surfer to all new heights.

The Buy Pile: Time Travel & Hard Luck Heroes

The Buy Pile: Time Travel & Hard Luck Heroes

A fantastic new indie shares a tale of humor, action and deftness while "Astro City" loses half a step, plus swings and misses from "Darth Vader" and "Secret Six."

The Buy Pile: '80s Toys & Squirrel Girl Do It Again

The Buy Pile: '80s Toys & Squirrel Girl Do It Again

Time travel goes well and the Rebel Alliance brings it in a galaxy far, far away. Even Hulk's failure to be very smart can't throw this week this off the track.

The Buy Pile: The Princess and the Spy

The Buy Pile: The Princess and the Spy

Oni Press delivers a a king's daughter's unconventional tale while Matt Fraction's inter-dimensional intelligence agent returns as a sci-fi Ray Donovan.

The Buy Pile: Loki & Ivar: Cursed Immortal Brothers

The Buy Pile: Loki & Ivar: Cursed Immortal Brothers

Loki is confronted with the truth, and Ivar: Timewalker finds a companion in a week that goes right -- until Red Sonja sees a lightsaber.

The Buy Pile: New Heroes and a Return of the Jedi

The Buy Pile: New Heroes and a Return of the Jedi

Marvel's anticipated "Star Wars" satisfies in a huge way, "Astro City" gets the job done and Kamala Khan meets Phil Coulson in an entertaining week of comics.

The Buy Pile: Shaft & Squirrel Girl Against The World

The Buy Pile: Shaft & Squirrel Girl Against The World

Two theme song-driven protagonists lead off a winning week of comics, plus promising signs from "Ant-Man" and "IXth Generation."

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