We’re back ladies and gents with another episode of the Crank File. While the stock market tanked this week, collectors have remained bearish and the comics market remains healthy. DC may have something on their hands with this Harley Quinn character. With the hype building around the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, Ms. Quinzel’s never been hotter and her books have been absolute fire. All of her keys have been on a meteoric rise and prices on near mint copies of Batman Adventures 12 are reaching for that rarified, four figured air. And there’s no sign of the ceiling yet.
While her first appearance is now out of the reach of casual collectors, other Harley books to be on the look out for include: Batman: Mad Love one shot (2nd appearance), Batman Adventures Annual 1 (3rd appearance), Batman: Harley Quinn (1999 1st appearance in DC continuity) and Batman 570 (2nd appearance in continuity). Buy! Buy! Buy!
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The top of the pile: We Can Never Go Home #4 Black Mask
One of the best new series out this year. Like many other reviewers, I’ve been singing the praises of this indie gem from the start. It feels edgy and cool and just a bit dangerous. But most importantly, it’s a heck of a lot of fun to read. They’re young. They’re in love. They rob banks. And one of them has super powers.
The Mainstream One: Lando #3 Marvel
There’s a handful of strong, newly launched titles that I’m excited to check out this week including We Are Robins #3, Cyborg #2 and Old Man Logan #4. But hello, what do we have here? Charles Shoule crafting a fine backstory for our favorite Calrissian. Lando and Lobot hijack a spacecraft that belongs to the Emperor himself and there’s a new Mandalorian bounty hunter in the galaxy. Punch it.
The Indie One: Low #9 Image
Saga gets a lot of adoration around here, and deservedly so, but I think Low needs to be in the conversation of best sci-fi series out right now. This title has never failed to impress me with it’s depth and beauty. I’m totally down with Low.
The #1 One: New MGMT #1 Dark Horse
Brilliant and unapologetically weird, Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT is back this week with a new one shot.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Shield #9 Marvel Kirby/Steranko variant
A classic cover paying homage to two legendary artists who defined the Marvel style. To celebrate the 50’th anniversary of S.H.I.E.L.D, issue #9 will be released with a 1:50 color variant and a 1:75 black and white sketch variant.
Last Week’s Leftover’s: Young Terrorists #1 Black Mask
There are indie books and then there’s Black Mask. These guys have been absolutely destroying it and Young Terrorist did not disappoint. Issue #1 was bold and exhilarating, with the signature gritty story telling that we’ve come to expect from Black Mask. It was released last week in prestige format with three gorgeous covers. This book sold out everywhere, so don’t hesitate if you find a copy left on the shelf.