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.


Rucka and Lark's Guide to Spies and Formalwear

Thu, October 23rd, 2014

"Lazarus" heads home while "Memetic" changed the rules of warfare, Hobgoblin's got a new line of work and the origin of Cybertron's Primes is revealed.

The Tepid Death of Wolverine

Thu, October 16th, 2014

James Howlett's "death" headlines a week of unfavorable periodicals as Miles Morales gets his banter on, and Red Sonja squares off against lightsabers. Wait, what?

Archenemies, Hashtags & A Prodigal Chosen One

Thu, October 9th, 2014

"Astro City" dazzles with its sheer mastery of the form, "Batgirl" goes full-on millennial and a new Image book has an amazing take on fantasy and loss.

Midnight On Meh Mountain

Thu, October 2nd, 2014

Nothing was really great or terrible, though "Concrete Park" tried, Victor Von Doom got sweet revenge and "Gotham Academy" tries to make teen angst work.

Not Falling In Love With "Saga"

Thu, September 25th, 2014

Loki, Transformers, and Red Sonja all swung and missed, while "Saga" has a rare issue where it's just good and not amazing.

A Quantum Entanglement Murder Mystery... In Space!

Thu, September 18th, 2014

A group of giant robots find far more emotional resonance than you would likely expect while asking questions they didn't want answers to.

A Finer Superman

Thu, September 11th, 2014

This week, Hyperion finds his place in the world, a college rivalry goes horribly awry and a girl raised by a cult becomes somebody making her own decisions.

Nightwing's Memento, Grendel's Comeback & Innovative Indies

Thu, September 4th, 2014

A fascinating trip in experimental storytelling, time traveling Hunter Rose, a prison world with entertainment veterans guiding the way & madness meets NASA.

Evil Genius, Robotic Mysteries & Broken Hearts

Thu, August 28th, 2014

A Top Cow Pilot Season winner delivers a simply stunning finale, Megatron investigates and Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples show how things fall apart.

Gunfire, Lightsabers and Old Debts

Thu, August 21st, 2014

A city under siege, complex plans for firefights and fury, traps being sprung and old business returning to get settled make for a winning week of comics.

Robots, Tigers & Immortals, Oh My!

Thu, August 14th, 2014

Strong showings from one of Valiant's odd couples and a solid debut from "Midnight Tiger" lead off a week that wins so big, there was nothing terrible. How about that?

The Unbearable Meh-ness of This Week's Comics

Thu, August 7th, 2014

Things don't go well with no new comic shining brightly enough that it demands Hannibal's hard-earned dollars.

The Desperate Burden of Heroism

Thu, July 31st, 2014

A talented indie steps up, writer Felipe Smith defines heroism and Jimmie Robinson sings his murderous swan song in a winning week of comics!

Falling Apart on the Eve of SDCC

Thu, July 24th, 2014

Despite "Saga" continuing its epic run, other titles embarrassed and befuddled while a mountain of 'meh' preceded Nerdi Gras.

Storybook Battlelines and Superhero Bros

Thu, July 17th, 2014

Bobby DaCosta and Sam Guthrie are having a whole lot of fun, and fairy tale sisters stand ready to rumble while She-Hulk falls down on the job.

Robot Murder Mystery & What Afterlives May Come

Thu, July 10th, 2014

Megatron gets trapped in a locked door mystery while Joshua Hale Fialkov takes us down a path less traveled in "Life After."

Death, Delinquents and the Devil's Road Trip

Thu, July 3rd, 2014

Matt Murdock heads cross country, Death settles the score and brothers find answers they need in a week that overcomes even Rocket Raccoon's cliched misstep.

Dreams, Transformers & Disappointments in Space

Thu, June 26th, 2014

A winning week shows characters wishing for more than they have and struggling with how to get it while Dr. Strange inexplicably struggles against a demon.

Gods and Monsters, Stories and Sex

Thu, June 19th, 2014

Three jumps make it a good week as the newest Gillen/McKelvie joint illuminates and Darth Maul strikes back, even while a Vertigo mainstay misses a step.

A Tale of Two Science Cities

Thu, June 12th, 2014

Busiek and Anderson challenge your brain in a chronologically complex tale of passion and possibility while a solar system stands poised on the brink of war.

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