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  • Posted on 16th Sep, 2022 18:18 PM

John Shaft, Luke Cage and Steeljack lead a week of hard work and hard decisions in complex situations for a simply amazing week of comic books.


Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/blogger/novelist/poet/jackass on Twitter/head honcho of Komplicated) grabs a whole lotta comics. These periodicals are quickly sorted (how) into two piles -- the "buy" pile (a small pile most weeks, comprised of planned purchases) and the "read" pile (often huge, often including comics that are really crappy but have some value to stay abreast of). Thursday afternoons you'll be able to get his thoughts (and they're just the opinions of one guy, so calm down, and here's some common definitions used in the column) about all of that... which goes something like this...



Shaft: Imitation of Life #3 (Marvel Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. First of all, this issue is completely, wholly not safe for work nor for polite audiences. In a way, that's part of its charm. Using an adaptation of an African proverb as its through line, this issue piles on the laughs and admittedly minimizes the misogyny of the Blaxploitation era while lampshading many of its more ridiculous elements. There are so many funny things here, none of which can be quoted nor shared amongst mixed company (no pun intended), but each one serves to push the plot or flesh out the nuance of a character (indirectly with the dialogue discussion). Sure, you can say a lot about David Walker's bulletproof script here (he did the lettering, too), but you also need to note the striking, crisp visuals from Dietrich Smith and Alex Guimaraes. Highly entertaining, intensely re-readable and -- even looking at its unfortunate cultural trappings, given the mores of the era -- super entertaining.

Got a comic you think should be reviewed in The Buy Pile? If we get a PDF of a fairly normal length comic (i.e. "less than 64 pages") by no later than 24 hours before the actual issue arrives in stores (and sorry, we can only review comics people can go to stores and buy), we guarantee the work will get reviewed, if remembered. Physical comics? Geddouttahere. Too much drama to store with diminishing resources. If you send it in more than two days before comics come out, the possibility of it being forgotten increases exponentially. Oh, you should use the contact form as the CBR email address hasn't been regularly checked since George W. Bush was in office. Sorry!

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