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: The Batman Who Laughs #2
Words: Scott Snyder
What it is: After the shocking ending of issue #1, a ticking clock sets Batman on a trail throughout the different realities of the Multiverse. He starts to see all the iterations of his life, and what could have been?but more importantly, Bruce Wayne begins to deduce that his current life is somehow wrong, and that all the mistakes he’s made are somehow connected. Meanwhile, the Batman Who Laughs raises the curtain on his second act, pulling out the big guns to break into Arkham Asylum? enter one of the most punishing Batmen of the Dark Multiverse: the Grim Knight!’
The Mainstream One: Conan the Barbarian #2
Words: Jason Aaron
Art: Mahmud A. Asrar
What it is: BEYOND THE SAVAGE BORDER! CONAN finds himself beyond the Black River, surrounded by the warlike PICTS! But the tribesmen may be the least of his worries if he cannot fight his way through the demonic beasts slithering around the forest! The epic return of the mighty Conan continues? Parental Advisory
The Indie One: Middlewest #3
Words: Skottie Young
Art: Jorge Corona
What it is: Abel and Fox learn that there may be someone who can help the boy’s worsening condition. But the road to reach her is long and unpredictable-and not everyone they run into along the way is anxious to let them pass.
The #1 One: Invaders #1
Words: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Carlos Magno
What it is: THE GREATEST GENERATION OF MARVEL HEROES IS BACK – TO STOP ONE OF THEIR OWN! In commemoration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary and springing from events in the pages of AVENGERS and THE BEST DEFENSE, the Marvel Universe’s first super-team is back! CAPTAIN AMERICA. THE HUMAN TORCH. THE WINTER SOLDIER. NAMOR. They fought in WORLD WAR II together as THE INVADERS. But now NAMOR is the enemy, a global threat more powerful than ever. His deadly plans are as deep and far-reaching as the ocean and REVELATIONS about his past could THREATEN the MARVEL UNIVERSE! It’s up to his old teammates to stop him, but what chance do they have against the man who knows their every move? ‘War Ghost’ begins here! Rated T
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Captain America #7
Words: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art: Adam Kubert
Cover Art: Alex Ross
What it is: FUGITIVE’ BEGINS HERE! SUPERSTAR ARTIST ADAM KUBERT JOINS TA-NEHISI COATES FOR THE NEXT DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE LIFE OF MARVEL’S SOLDIER SUPREME! Captain America – wanted for murder! And the victim is a familiar face in the Marvel Universe! How? Why? You’ll have to read to find out! Rated T+
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!