Author: Hannibal Tabu

About Hannibal Tabu

Hannibal Tabu is a writer, journalist, DJ, poet, designer and jackass living in south Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He's a winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt, winner of the 2018-2019 Cultural Trailblazer award from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, his weekly comic book review column THE BUY PILE can be found on both iHeartRadio's Nerd-O-Rama podcast and HAM Radio on KQBH-LP 101.5 FM in Los Angeles, his reviews can be found on BleedingCool.com and more information can be found at his website, www.hannibaltabu.com.

Plus, get free weekly web comics on the Operative Network at http://bit.ly/combatshaman.

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REVIEW: Star Trek Year Five #10 -- "The Plot Kind Of Pushes All The Dishes Off The Table"

REVIEW: Star Trek Year Five #10 — "The Plot Kind Of Pushes All The Dishes Off The Table"

(IDW Publishing, creative team: Jim McCann, Silvia Califano, Sebastian Cheng, Neil Uyetake) There is some fantastic character work here, giving Hikaru Sulu a deeply emotional, resonant experience. There are also some really impressive visual sequences here. Unfortunately, the Federation also technically ignited a planetary war and was ultimately like, "oops." Whaaaaaat? For such a cavalier […]

Black Comix Day 2020 Brings A Cultural Spotlight To San Diego

Black Comix Day 2020 Brings A Cultural Spotlight To San Diego

In a fit of irony, fans and creators of Black comics material will descend on the World Beat Center for Black Comix Day, a two-day celebration of African-descended makers of sequential art and content aimed at that community. Organized by The World Beat Center's Makeda Dread and cartoonist Keithan Jones, this is the third year […]

REVIEW: New Mutants #7 -- "An Afro-Latinx Barney Stinson In Space"

REVIEW: New Mutants #7 — "An Afro-Latinx Barney Stinson In Space"

(Marvel Comics, creative team: Jonathan Hickman, Rod Reis, Travis Lanham) The most important thing to note here is that Bobby DaCosta is superbly entertaining. Chocolate coated, freaking habit forming, his Sunstreaker-flavored bravado and Deadpool-styled recapping is a thing of beauty. The artwork shows him at his ridiculous best, an Afro-Latinx Barney Stinson in space. What's […]

REVIEW: Daredevil #18 -- "This Issue Has One Setting: 'Holy Crap'"

REVIEW: Daredevil #18 — "This Issue Has One Setting: 'Holy Crap'"

(Marvel Comics, creative team: Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Fornes, Nolan Woodard, Clayton Cowles) This issue has one setting: "holy crap." A mobster's granddaughter has been kidnapped from Hell's Kitchen, an area where billionaires have forced the police to withdraw. Complicated? It gets deeper. The title character has hung up his horns but can't resist using his […]


REVIEW: Vampirella #8 -- "Pretty Or Not, This Doesn't Connect The Dots"

REVIEW: Vampirella #8 — "Pretty Or Not, This Doesn't Connect The Dots"

(Dynamite Entertainment, creative team: Christopher J. Priest, Giovanni Tempano, Ergun Gunduz, Flavio Dispenza, Willie Schubert) Gorgeous and baffling, layered and shocking, the story told in these pages is not as interesting as whatever went into planning this visual acid trip, but it ain't bad. Three characters are bound by various antagonists, with varying degrees of […]




REVIEW: Marvel Action Spider-Man Volume 2 #1 - "Wall-To-Wallcrawler Action"

REVIEW: Marvel Action Spider-Man Volume 2 #1 – "Wall-To-Wallcrawler Action"

(IDW Publushing, creative team: Brandon Easton, Fico Ossio, Ronda Pattison, Shawn Lee) This issue is a non-stop thrill ride as three teenaged Spider-people take an assignment from Tony Stark to investigate a mysterious theft, all while trying to focus on an important academic exam. Writer Brandon Easton nails a lot of elements right out of […]

REVIEW: Flash #88 -- "Has To Have Some Kind Of Consequences Sooner Or Later"

REVIEW: Flash #88 — "Has To Have Some Kind Of Consequences Sooner Or Later"

(DC Comics, creative team: Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, Steve Wands) Have you ever been reading a comic book where the Flash goes into the past and changes things, or watched his show and seen him make time doppelgängers, and thought, "that has to have some kind of consequences sooner or later, right?" Well, this […]

REVIEW: Thor #3 -- "Ambitious, Sure, But Not Really Plausible"

REVIEW: Thor #3 — "Ambitious, Sure, But Not Really Plausible"

(Marvel Comics, creative team: Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matt Wilson, Joe Sabino) In short, the all-father of thunder has made a deal with the devil, taking on the power cosmic and temping as a Herald of Galactus. If that gets you adding things up in your head it should: Odin's power plus the equivalent of […]

REVIEW: G.I. Joe #5 -- "This Series Might Be Finding Its Footing"

REVIEW: G.I. Joe #5 — "This Series Might Be Finding Its Footing"

(IDW Publishing, creative team: Paul Allor, Chris Evanhuis, Brittany Peer, Neil Uyetake) In another improving issue, writer Paul Allor crafts a very Red Dawn-esque look at Cobra-occupied America, where even the the Dreadnoks are not enemies but a brutal subculture hiding in plain site at the location of this version of Cobra's greatest claim to […]

REVIEW: X-Force #7 -- "Some Mutants ... Paid A High Cost To Create This New Day"

REVIEW: X-Force #7 — "Some Mutants … Paid A High Cost To Create This New Day"

(Marvel Comics, creative team: Benjamin Percy, Oscar Bazaldua, Guru-eFX, Joe Caramagna) It's a bright, new shiny day for the mutant nation, (mostly) safe on their super powered magic island in the middle of nowhere. Some mutants, however, paid a high cost to create this new day, and the scars still show. Domino was literally skinned […]


REVIEW: Terrifics #25 -- "Both Good And Bad"

REVIEW: Terrifics #25 — "Both Good And Bad"

(DC Comics, creative team: Gene Luen Yang, Dan Mora, Ivan Plascencia, Tom Napolitano) A giant plant-like growth threatens the city and the team has a choice to make in order to stay alive and save everyone. That's where it gets sort of interesting: almost as if Mr. Terrific has been studying dunamancy, he utilizes a […]

Artist Quinn McGowan Talks #WildfireWednesday Season 5

INTERVIEW: Artist Quinn McGowan Talks #WildfireWednesday Season 5

Last Wednesday marked the launch of Season Five of the webcomic Project Wildfire, called Smoke On The Water. Project Wildfire is the brainchild of United States Marine Corps veteran turned self-taught comic book artist Quinn McGowan. A veritable Renaissance man — he's performed on hip hop stages opening for KRS-ONE, worked as a tattoo artist, […]

REVIEW: Black Cat #9 -- "Another Fascinating, Entertaining Adventure"

REVIEW: Black Cat #9 — "Another Fascinating, Entertaining Adventure"

(Marvel Comics, creative team: Jed McKay, Kris Anka, Brian Reber, Ferran Delgado) The long con to steal from an impossible vault continues with a trip to "a wretched hive of scum and villainy" called Madripoor. As the cover reveals, the person she has to rob is not a customer to take lightly, and when he […]