Greetings comic book enthusiasts and welcome to The Crank File issue #11. The Crank File is an open forum where I will offer speculations, reviews and ravings on all things comics.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like springtime. The piles of snow have retreated back into the deepest patches of shade. After being buried in cold grey for months, you almost forget what spring is like. The longer days and the sweet warm air. Baseball games and roadtrips. A world reborn through itself, year upon year, as it has for eons. And as the seasons turn, things inevitably change. Case and point, I have three books published by Archie comics on my list this week as opposed to my normal zero. Let’s turn and face the strain. Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Convergence #2 DC
Another great looking design variant from Convergence. Alternate realities collide in the second issue. Battles are fought and father and son are reunited. Thomas Wayne Batman from the Flashpoint universe meets Bruce Wayne Batman from our universe. These two haven’t seen each other since the 1930’s. Who cares that they just did the exact same thing in Spiderverse, reuniting Peter Parker and Spider-Ben?
The Mainstream One: Thor #7 Marvel
I’m really digging the new Thor. I think Jason Aaron’s script has been exceptional and the action sequences beautifully chreographed. A lot of Thor fans will disagree with me on this, but then I admittedly never was a big Thor fan. This new Thor intrigues me and her identity will finally be revealed in May. I’m hoping that some clues will drop in this month’s episode.
The Indie One: The Fox “The Hunt” #1 Dark Circle
Coming from an award-winning creative team, this book is getting a lot of positive buzz. The artwork looks great and I enjoyed what I read in the preview. The first Archie book to make the list, this title from their Black Circle imprint promises to be a dark and engaging tale.
The Number One One: Archie vs Predator #1 Dark Horse
So technically a Dark Horse book, but the gang from Riverdale co-star here so I’m counting it. Archie and crew travel to spring break for some fun in the sun where they encounter Predators. That’s noat a typo. It’s quite beyond comprehension. Especially the “vs.” part. How is that title not “Archie Murdered by Predator”? Will have to read this one and find out for myself.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: RunLoveKill #1 Image
Love this cover. It’s so good that this Image #1 is being released without any variants.
The Speculation One: Betty and Veronica #275 Adam Hughes variant Archie Comics
Adam Hughes can paint the female anatomy like no one’s business. His “good-girl” pinup art-style is instantly recognizable, oft imitated but never replicated. He is the dirty Norman Rockwell of our generation and this one is another hit.
Last Week’s Leftovers: TMNT #44 2nd Print IDW
TMNT #44 was so popular that it was rushed to a second printing. Last week I finally got a chance to read the “death” of Donatello issue without having to shell out 5x cover price. His savage beating at the hooves of Beebop and Rocksteady was certainly a powerful moment, one that should leave an lasting mark upon Turtle history. I will refrain from further spreading the rumors of his untimely death, but I think this could be Donatello’s Killing Joke moment.