Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another 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.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Amazing Spider-man #800
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Stuart Immonen
What it is: Dan Slott and Stuart Immomen are joined by many of the artists who made the last 10 years of Spider-Man so Amazing! The biggest Peter Parker/Norman Osborn story of all time unfolds over one 80-page story, a scope unmatched in comics! Who lives?! Who dies?! And what scars will Spider-Man bear from here on out?!
Why we love it: Dan Slott’s swan song for ASM is sure to go out with style. Rumor has it someone dies. My money is on J Jonah Jameson. You’d figure a professional journalist would know how to keep their sources secret. But he let it slip to Red Goblin that Spider-man is actually Peter Parker and needs to make that right.
The Mainstream One: Doomsday Clock #5 (of 12)
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Gary Frank
What it is: The Comedian lives! The Mime and Marionette loose in Gotham City! Rorschach is locked in the bowels of Arkham Asylum! Secrets will be revealed as the Doomsday Clock ticks on…
Why we like it: When your book is running a year late and coming out every other month, maybe don’t use countdown imagery in your copy writing. Still a bloody good read though.
The Indie One: Barrier #5 (of 5)
Words: Brian K. Vaughn
Art: Marcos Martin
What it is: This massive, 50-page finale brings our multilingual epic to its shocking conclusion.
Why we like it: It’s sort of like the movie Crash with alien abductions. Barrier will not be collected in trade, so make sure to grab the individual issues.
The #1 One: Man of Steel #1
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Joe Prado
What it is: A new era begins for Superman as a threat from his earliest origins reemerges to destroy the Last Son of Krypton. As Superman struggles to come to grips with what has happened to his wife and son, he must also face a new threat that’s determined to burn down Metropolis!
Why we like it: Bendis makes his debut at DC and Superman gets a makeover.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Aquaman Jabberjaw Special #1
Words: Dan Abnett
Art: Paul Pelletier
Cover Art: Josh Middleton
What it is: When the town of Amnesty Island is besieged by a series of shark attacks, authorities call Aquaman for help! What’s unusual about this case is that the shark isn’t trying to kill people-he just wants to talk to them. The very confused Jabberjaw needs to get back to Aqualand, the future undersea utopia where he came from. But that peaceful city where man and sentient sea life have been living in harmony has been turned into a dystopian nightmare created by a new Ocean Master. Now the King of Atlantis and his friendly shark ally have to team up to set things right. Also includes a Captain Caveman meets the wizard Shazam in a short story by Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins.
Why we like it: And for the second week running, Josh Middleton wins best cover.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!