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.


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.

The Re-Introduction of Selina Kyle

Thu, March 27th, 2014

The column's 9th anniversary at CBR sees Otto Parker fall down and a fan community again suffer an unfair, unprovoked attack, even as "Catwoman" shines.

Back Issue Backwash on "Meh" Island

Thu, March 20th, 2014

Nothing bad meets nothing good enough to buy, though brave showings came in from "Witcher," "Daredevil," "Superman Unchained" and more.

Unexpected Heroes & Ruthless Ambition

Thu, March 13th, 2014

Shockwave's plan becomes clear, Carol Danvers & Winged Victory show the boys how it's done, a vengeful Horseman chases fate and an unknown X-Man saves the day.

Imperial Entanglements from Bemis & BOOM!

Thu, March 6th, 2014

A witty, political new series from Max Bemis leads a winning week that had no truly bad comics and ambitious attempts from Warren Ellis, Mark Millar and more.

Of Assassins and Scoundrels

Thu, February 27th, 2014

A winning week - barely - with good times for bad people from Image Comics while Aquaman goes to his high school reunion. Really.

Finding Fables on Meh Mountain

Thu, February 20th, 2014

Eisner favorites phoned it in and most of the week's other comics just kind of showed up for roll call without doing anything special.

Make Mine Marvel

Thu, February 13th, 2014

The Mouse House of Ideas stepped up the game with a brilliant new take on Jennifer Walters and a mixture of mutants and corporate espionage that worked well.

Ladies Rule with Black Widow & Lazarus

Thu, February 6th, 2014

A pair of lethal and determined women honed by science move past their opposition in a nearly effortless manner in a week that wins.

Fairytales, Sci-Fi Stories & Assassin School

Thu, January 30th, 2014

The fall of a Superior Spidey, Superman's moral dilemmas and British folly made it more than a chore to get through this week's stack.

Black Leather, Batarangs & Ancient Conspiracies

Thu, January 23rd, 2014

Three comics make the jump, from Gotham City confessions to Cold War leftovers, plus an innovative new indie all beating out the the usual suspects.

Superheroes In Space & In Trouble

Thu, January 16th, 2014

As "Astro City" keeps hitting its stride and "Egos" steps up with bold new ideas, Thor, Otto Parker and "Grimm Fairy Tales" fail dramatically.

From Russia With A Bang & Bickering Brothers

Thu, January 9th, 2014

"Quantum and Woody" finds its footing as Natasha Romanov grapples with guilt. Only Benedict Cumberbatch manages to be a problem in a week that wins big.

Bill Willingham Takes On Camelot

Thu, January 2nd, 2014

Other than "Fables," the week's a wash with a mountain of "meh" in the middle, as the new year opens with talky Avengers & sappiness from Superman.

Steven Grant's Got A Brand New Trick Bag

Thu, December 26th, 2013

The newest crime foibles from the maker of "2 Guns" leads off the Kwanzaa week festivities as the biggest names from the Big Two are predictable.

Alien Love & A Call -- For Murder!

Thu, December 19th, 2013

Image dominates this week's purchases as Brian Vaughan & Fiona Staples' space opera masterpiece and Larime Taylor's inviting psychodrama head home.

Harlem Detectives, Criminal Minds & Heroes in Love

Thu, December 12th, 2013

Busiek & Anderson retain their form, "Watson & Holmes" steps up and Boomerang turns out to be pretty entertaining, while other disappoint.

Giant Robots & Bickering Brothers

Thu, December 5th, 2013

"Quantum and Woody" hits its stride and way too much happens for the Autobots and Decepticons, while "Spawn" spins a tale you don't wanna hear.

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