Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of The Crank File, the only place on the net that knows Superman wears Tom Brady pajamas to bed. I’m your host Ken Lee and here’s what I’m reading this week.
The Top of the Pile: All-Star Batman #7
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Tula Lotay
What it is: ‘Poison Promises’! Step aside, gentlemen-Poison Ivy is about to steal the spotlight in Batman’s continuing rogues gallery road trip. Scott Snyder teams up with mega-talent Tula Lotay to reimagine the Dark Knight’s most seductive villain.
Why we love it: Batman, Poison Ivy and Tula Lotay are a comic book trifecta, making this week’s All-Star Batman my triple-A pick of the week. And yes, the A stands for Awesome.
The Mainstream One: The Totally Awesome Hulk #16
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Mahmud A. Asrar
What it is: ‘BIG APPLE SHOWDOWN’ CONTINUES! Who’s behind the gathering of Asian and Asian American heroes? It’s not who you think!
Why we like it: Speaking of awesome, I’ve been seriously digging the Pak Man’s Totally Awesome Hulk, but this latest arc is taking the series next level for me. I absolutely adored the last issue. The dialogue and interactions between heroes honestly reflected many of my own experiences being Asian in America, which is true rarity in mainstream comics. And I don’t know who this Stonehouse is, but if they keep doing covers then Totally Awesome Hulk will be on my pull list.
The Indie One: Black Science #28
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Matteo Scalera
What it is: In their darkest hour of need, a new hero rises to fight alongside the Dimensionauts.
Why we like it: Remender’s Seven to Eternity is the hot, new flavor of the month but it was Black Science that first introduced me to Rick’s wonderful indie work. I have been trade waiting Black Science for the last two arcs, but in a recent interview Remender hinted that the series would be concluding around issue #40. This series is amazing and I’m back to buying the floppies on release day until this wild, sci-fi, fantasy ride rockets in for landing.
The #1 One: King Pin #1 (Sienkewicz variant)
Words: Matt Rosenberg
Art: Ben Torres
What it is: WILSON FISK BUILDS A BRAND-NEW EMPIRE! The KINGPIN has done bad things. Deplorable things. He has cheated the law. He has blackmailed rivals. He has killed. But that’s all in the past. The Kingpin is back in the city that he loves and ready to make his mark as a titan of legitimate industry, but needs to rekindle his public image. When Wilson Fisk makes disgraced journalist SARAH DEWEY an offer she can’t refuse, the spiraling saga of crime and betrayal begins anew. Don’t miss the start of Kingpin’s ongoing series, written by breakout writer MATTHEW ROSENBERG and illustrated in the heavy noir stylings of BEN TORRES, as Manhattan’s criminal mastermind returns to the Big Apple with honorable intentions, but no one in his circle remains pure on his climb back to the top.
Why we like it: Mathew Rosenberg first hit my radar with two exceptional indie books published by Black Mask, the on-going 4 Kids Walk into a Bank and the smash-hit We Can Never Go Home, the latter of which is rumored to be in development for a television series. This guys can write comics and it was only a matter of time before one of the Big Two took notice. Rosenberg is a perfect fit for a super-powered, crime series and I can’t wait to see what this incredible talent has in store for us.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Guardians of the Galaxy #17 (Hans variant)
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Valerio Schiti
Cover Art: Stephanie Hans
What it is: GROUNDED! Angela has come a long way from the skies of Heven to find herself grounded on the Earth. Can she find a new home among the heroes?
Why we like it: Green and purple haven’t looked this good since the Hulk wore shorts. In case you haven’t noticed, Gamora’s star is on the rise. With her own ongoing solo-series and the Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2 set to drop in a few months, this cover could be a ghost on Wednesday. It’s a 1:25 ratio variant and I don’t expect many shops order 25 copies of GotG. So grab it if you find it at a reasonable price.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!