Greetings comic book fans and welcome to a tardy episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out. Just in case you were wondering why there’s no commentary in this week’s list, well I just got back from a wedding in Vegas and Vegas is a crazy town.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Mighty Thor #701
Words: Jason Aaron
Art: James Harren
What it is: DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR Part 2 The Mangog comes to Asgard! But is one Thor enough to take down the Ultimate Judgment? Guest artist James Harren brings his talents to the Mighty Thor! It all leads to the most dramatic return in the Marvel Universe! Rated T+
The Mainstream One: Doctor Strange #381
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
What it is: LOKI: SORCERER SUPREME Part 1 Evil is everywhere and the world needs the Sorcerer Supreme more than ever. But is the world ready for LOKI: SORCERER SUPREME? He has the cloak, the spells – he’s even got Zelma Stanton as his assistant (and possibly more?) – but is this the chance he needed to become a hero, or is the god of lies dangerously close to unlimited power? And what happened to STEPHEN STRANGE?
The Indie One: Evolution #1
Words: James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, Joshua Williamson
Art: Joe Infurnari, Jordan Boyd
What it is: Human evolution has taken millions of years to get to this stage. But next week, we become something new. Around the world, humanity is undergoing rapid and unpredictable changes, and only three individuals seem to notice that their world is being reborn. But what can they do about it? Skybound unites writers JAMES ASMUS, JOSEPH KEATINGE, CHRISTOPHER SEBELA & JOSHUA WILLIAMSON and artists JOE INFURNARI & JORDAN BOYD to create a new global phenomenon in this oversized debut issue.
The #1 One: Batman Who Laughs #1
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Riley Rossmo
What it is: As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues! RATED T+
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Punisher #218
Words: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Guiu Vilanova
Cover Art: Clayton Crain
What it is: FRANK CASTLE: WAR MACHINE Part 1 For years, Frank Castle has been fighting a one-man war against criminals who endanger the innocent, but when a certain one-eyed operative offers him the tools to take his fight global…how could he say no? Find out how Frank found his way into the WAR MACHINE Armor! PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Rated T+
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!