Thanks for joining me for The Crank File #14.
This is usually the part where I would recap last week’s comic news and note any significant market movers. But in light of recent events, I’d like for us to take a moment and turn our thoughts to the innocent people in Baltimore and Nepal, both victims of senseless violence.
Here’s what I’m reading this week.
The Top of the Pile: Batman #40 DC
The gloves are off and the stops all pulled out. Snyder and Capullo’s masterful Endgame arc comes to a climatic finish in Batman #40. The Dark Knight and the Clown Prince have been racing towards the ultimate show down, and this issue will change the Batman universe for, well for at least the foreseeable future. Regardless, this issue marks a significant moment in Batman history and has unsurprisingly sold out at Diamond. It also features one of the most bizarrely awesome covers in Batman history. And that’s the regular cover. Don’t miss out on this one.
The Mainstream One: Fantastic Four #645 Marvel
This is it. The End. The fourth issue of the four part The End is Fourever story arc will also be the final issue in the Fantastic Four’s 54 year run. The fourmidable foursome may not have their own title four now, but they will not be fourgotten. It’s actually impressive that Marvel’s first family has never been rebooted before this. I guess family values never go out of style.
The Indie One: Alex and Ada #14
I think I’m in love with this comic, though it makes me kind of nervous to say so. Not the sexiest book on the rack, but Alex + Ada is definitely worth a look. This sci-fi thriller is soaked with social commentary, a compelling story that begs to be read and appreciated. In an age where shelves are packed with time-travelers, spies, super-powered beings and empty cheesecake, it’s refreshing to find a book that feels relatealbe and human. Read Alex + Ada, fall further in love, get next issue, goto 10.
The #1 One: Pisces #1 Image
Aliens with a heavy dose of psychological terror, Kurtis Wiebe returns to his horror roots with this new series from Image. Wiebe has built a dedicated fan base off the strength of Peter Panzerfaust and Rat Queens, but it was his work on Green Wake that won him a Shuster award for Outstanding Comic Book writer. Pisces #1 tells the story of a Vietnam war vet who is recruited by NASA for a mission to make first contact. There’s an advanced preview available on ComicBookResources.com, and the artwork looks both vibrant yet genuinely creepy.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Silk #3 Marvel Regular, What the Duck and Nauck Phantom
The regular cover is just straight up zany. The Thriller cover is a delight (even though Silk isn’t actually on it) and I just can’t get enough of the ASM 300 cover swipes (even though Silk isn’t actually on it). It’s a menage a troi in Silk covers.
The Speculation Pick: Batman #40 DC
See the top of the pile.