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.


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.

Smart Guys Finish First With Loki & Enrique

Thu, June 5th, 2014

Two thinkers show how to work around the biggest and the strongest in adventures in divinity and assassination, yet three bad book drag the week down.

Alas, Poor Thanos...

Thu, May 29th, 2014

The "mad" Titan navel gazes fruitlessly while Thunderbolt Ross wastes time in a week of comics that tries, but ultimately lets you down.

Sith Battles, Political Intrigue & Intelligent Bloodshed

Thu, May 22nd, 2014

It's a good week for bad people as Darth Maul leaps into the limelight, while Image delivers three great creator-owned titles that combine bloodshed and brainy.

Ghosts In The Machine & Bands for Brothers

Thu, May 15th, 2014

Megatron makes a capable captain, bickering brothers spice up a heist, the new Ghost Rider handles action well & Puss in Boots makes for an unlikely hero.

A Tale of Two Tricksters

Thu, May 8th, 2014

Everything's coming up Loki as Miles Morales lets us down, Cyclops and Red Sonja tug at our heart strings and apparently Mister Terrific kills the future.

Super Elephantmen are More Than Meets The Eye

Thu, May 1st, 2014

An indie comic sensation creates another page turner, Comicraft's franchise product goes full Miramax and Megatron becomes an Autobot.

Presidents, Spies, Watchers & Complex Kids

Thu, April 24th, 2014

Jack Bauer's back, Uatu relates to Nova and creator-owned ideas swing for the fences and connect with plain talk sci-fi and presidential politics meeting punk music.

Not Quite a Bullseye

Thu, April 17th, 2014

Jimmie Robinson's indie sensation heads home while Spidey goes traditional, an Autobot makes her mark and Larime Taylor's serial killer has a plan.

Spirits of Vengeance & Administration

Thu, April 10th, 2014

Kurt Busiek and Felipe Smith deliver fantastic new ideas as a magician par excellence and Marvel's new spirit of vengeance move towards becoming icons.

Marvel's Heroes & Scoundrels

Thu, April 3rd, 2014

Loki steps between the cracks and Marc Spector gives you all the action you can handle while Hal Jordan, Quantum & Red Sonja give it a heck of a try.

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