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The Hard Streets of New York & Astro City

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  • Posted on 16th Sep, 2022 18:32 PM

Despite great issues from "Astro City" and "Power Man and Iron Fist," a poor showing from "Superman" and "Ghostbusters" make the overall week a wash.


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 ...



Power Man And Iron Fist #2

(Marvel Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile.

Though not as good as the debut issue, in some strange ways it manages to be better. Luke Cage spends most of the issue struggling with something that literally everyone else, including the reader, takes as a foregone conclusion and that's entertaining every step of the way. Danny Rand is kind of a spaced out child of privilege, too oblivious to recognize how annoying he is, but too endearing for people to hate him. On the other side of it, every supporting character and antagonist gets a perfect moment to shine, all with context and clarity. The creative team of David Walker, Sanford Greene, Lee Loughridge and Clayton Cowles deliver a book that engages and entertains on every page, an immersive experience that feels right. Great stuff.

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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