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: 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."

The Buy Pile: The Gospel of Phil Coulson

The Buy Pile: The Gospel of Phil Coulson

The year's last week ends on a good note as many things you love from Marvel's current TV show find their way to Earth-616.

The Buy Pile: 'Twas The Comics Before Xmas

The Buy Pile: 'Twas The Comics Before Xmas

The year's penultimate week of comics turned out to be a tough one as no comics made it home, and Jason Todd's Christmas turned out terrible.

The Buy Pile: Transformers Shine, Marvel Disappoints

The Buy Pile: Transformers Shine, Marvel Disappoints

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.

The Buy Pile: Web Swingers & Fading Superheroes

The Buy Pile: Web Swingers & Fading Superheroes

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

The Buy Pile: Mundane to the Fantastic, from Shaft to The Doctor

The Buy Pile: Mundane to the Fantastic, from Shaft to The Doctor

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.

The Buy Pile: Dinosaurs, Giant Robots & Days of Wonder

The Buy Pile: Dinosaurs, Giant Robots & Days of Wonder

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

The Buy Pile: Kurt Busiek's Emotional Rollercoaster

The Buy Pile: Kurt Busiek's Emotional Rollercoaster

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.

The Buy Pile: Winter is Coming, Without Much to Buy

The Buy Pile: Winter is Coming, Without Much to Buy

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.

The Buy Pile: Mostly Independents for Guy Fawkes Day

The Buy Pile: Mostly Independents for Guy Fawkes Day

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

The Buy Pile: Love, Hip Hop & The Miseducation of Megatron

The Buy Pile: Love, Hip Hop & The Miseducation of Megatron

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.

The Buy Pile: Rucka and Lark's Guide to Spies and Formalwear

The Buy Pile: Rucka and Lark's Guide to Spies and Formalwear

"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 Buy Pile: The Tepid Death of Wolverine

The Buy Pile: The Tepid Death of Wolverine

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?

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