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: Robots in a New Disguise

The Buy Pile: Robots in a New Disguise

Even a truly amazing pop-culture inflected mystery in space can't save the week as Clark Kent is dumber than hay and a horror comic doesn't even try.

The Buy Pile: Tricksters and Time Travelers

The Buy Pile: Tricksters and Time Travelers

It's the end of the worlds as we know it and a pair of immortals use cleverness and every trick in the book to do what they feel is right in a winning week.

The Buy Pile: Living the Life in Astro City

The Buy Pile: Living the Life in Astro City

A light and easygoing week of comics wins as we see the nature of heroism and muddle through crossover meh-ness.

The Buy Pile: True Love in The Age of Lando

The Buy Pile: True Love in The Age of Lando

"Saga" returns to form and a "Star Wars" book shows scoundrel-ish charm, but industry legends falter and a pirate princess can't fight her way through plot deficiencies.

The Buy Pile: The Surprisingly Fallable Squirrel Girl

The Buy Pile: The Surprisingly Fallable Squirrel Girl

Things could have gone better on the week before SDCC, as "Bizarro" fails to fail, Doom shows his foibles and other comics are less than impressive.

The Buy Pile: Transformers Dance Party

The Buy Pile: Transformers Dance Party

Dancing giant robots lead off a week that wins on the merit of "meh" and nothing really being that bad.

The Buy Pile: The Gorilla Comic Didn't Work?

The Buy Pile: The Gorilla Comic Didn't Work?

The week fails to satisfy as "Astro City" phones it in, "Transformers" fall short and the Winter Soldier comes in chilly, though many indies made courageous showings.

The Buy Pile: Of Love and Space Flight

The Buy Pile: Of Love and Space Flight

Amorous affections lead to surprising places in a fantastic week, as Thom Zahler does an outstanding job with a new book and "Saga" continues to astound.

The Buy Pile: Justice League Triumphant

The Buy Pile: Justice League Triumphant

Geoff Johns brings the thunder and the glory as DC's magnificent seven stand up in a major way while Squirrel Girl makes good friends.

The Buy Pile: Funeral for an Autobot

The Buy Pile: Funeral for an Autobot

A team of travel-weary Transformers pre-mourn the passing of one of their greatest, perhaps to beat the rush for a winning week.

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.

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