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.


Transformers Shine, Marvel Disappoints

Thu, December 18th, 2014

Optimus Prime and Megatron shine, but Marvel can't field a lead of color who's good at their job, and Roy Harper is a drunken super genius - or something.

Web Swingers & Fading Superheroes

Thu, December 11th, 2014

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson do what they do best, while Peter Parker helps the everyman and trades blows with Dr. Bong.

Mundane to the Fantastic, from Shaft to The Doctor

Thu, December 4th, 2014

A splendid week of comics as the hits keep coming from Gallifrey, Harlem and Spartax, while literally nothing was truly bad - you just can't beat that.

Dinosaurs, Giant Robots & Days of Wonder

Tue, December 2nd, 2014

Despite a very effective speculative fiction yarn and a time travel tale from Cybertronians, last week was a hard one to be thankful for.

Kurt Busiek's Emotional Rollercoaster

Thu, November 20th, 2014

The best Peter Capaldi performance of the year, Loki makes a hilarious hero and this week's "Astro City" shows you how to grab somebody by the feels and never let go.

Winter is Coming, Without Much to Buy

Thu, November 13th, 2014

A dour week of comics as nothing really rocked, Bucky Barnes trips, "Evil Empire" runs out of surprises and more issues impede the idea of a Wednesday haul.

Mostly Independents for Guy Fawkes Day

Thu, November 6th, 2014

John Layman's foodie franchise, two Guardians of the Galaxy, a friend of vampires & insane animal men win the week.

Love, Hip Hop & The Miseducation of Megatron

Thu, October 30th, 2014

Crack into the head of the Decepticon leader, catch up with Vaughan and Staples' space opera and Darryl Makes Comics in a big, winning week of 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.

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