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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – February 20, 2019

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: Seven to Eternity #13

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opena

What it is: END OF STORY ARC The repercussions.

Why we love it: There’s something almost Walter White-ish about watching Adam Osiris slowly compromising his beliefs until he hardly resembles the man we first met in issue #1. This series is so damn good, and has been releasing on time. Seven to Eternity is back on top of the pile, where it belongs.

The Mainstream One: Return of Wolverine #5 (of 5)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Steve McNiven

What it is: Now that Logan has risen…how far can he fall? Parental Advisory

Why we like it: Wolverine is back among the living. And he has heat claws. We have known all of this since issue #1 of his return, but still very few answers as to how. Maybe this issue?

The Indie One: Monstress #20

Publisher: Image
Words: Majorie Liu
Art: Sana Takeda

What it is: Five-time Eisner Award winner for 2018! As Kippa descends into the darkness, she confronts the most ancient of foes…

Why we like it: Monstress is back after taking home 5 Eisner awards last year, including Best Writer, Best Cover Artist, Best Painted/Multimedia Artist and Best Continuing Series. There hasn’t been a comic so universally lauded since Saga, which is pretty good company to keep.

The #1 One: Hulkverines #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Ario Anindto

What it is: THE CLASH YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! At last! It’s Weapon H versus his predecessors-Wolverine and the Hulk! Once, the Weapon X program sought to recreate the world’s two greatest hunters. They ended up with Weapon H, a man of Adamantium claws and gamma-juiced blood. Now, Wolverine and the Hulk are back in action – and coming after the dangerous creation made in their name! Rated T+

Why we like it: It was only a matter of time before this showdown happened. Hulk, vs Wolverine vs Hulkverine. Part of me wants this story be so ridiculously epic that it completely jumps the shark, but another part of me knows it already has.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Avengers #15 (Gerald Parel variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words:
Jason Aaron
Art:
David Marquez
Cover Art: Gerald Parel

What it is: CIVIL WAR: VAMPIRE EDITION! Dracula forges unholy alliances from his prison cell. Ghost Rider goes berserk. The Shadow Colonel and his new Legion of the Unliving raise bloody hell all over the globe. It’s a good thing the Avengers just added a startling new member to the team. Rated T+

Why we like it: Great colors. With the upcoming Captain Marvel on the horizon, this is going to popular come Wednesday.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – February 13, 2019

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 #3 (Ricardo Fedrici variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Jock

What it is: All the pieces are starting to fit together as the Batman Who Laughs acquires another key element in his plan-one that is linked to the founding fathers of Gotham City and to a legacy started by the Wayne family and protected by none other than Oswald Cobblepot. While the Penguin goes head-to-head with the darkest version of his mortal enemy, Batman is forced to compromise his principles and purge the serum that protects his heart from the deadly Joker Toxin! It’s a no-win situation as writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock return to the sociopath they created in ‘Black Mirror’: James Gordon Jr. RATED T+

Why we love it: Nobody writes a good Batman horror story like my man Scott Snyder. His creation, the Batman Who Laughs, is pure nightmare and quickly carving out his spot among the evilest members of Batman’s rogue gallery. And that Fedrici variant is just so sweet. Easy pick this week.

The Mainstream One: Avengers: No Road Home #1 (Mark Brooks variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Paco Medina

What it is: The team that brought you AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER REUNITES for an all-new weekly AVENGERS adventure! Night has fallen across the universe. Now seven Avengers – and one new addition – journey forth to bring back the light. But when the threat they face has destroyed even the gods will anyone make it home? LEGACY #708 Rated T+

Why we like it: The creative trio of Al Ewing, Mark Waid and Jim Zub returns for the sequel to one of my favorite runs from last year, the reality warping Avengers: No Surrender.  I really wish this wasn’t a weekly book but this creative team crushed it the last time out. They gave us the Immortal Hulk.

The Indie One: Gideon Falls #11 (Mico Suayan)

Publisher: Image
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Andrea Sorrentino

What it is: END OF STORY ARC! ‘ORIGINAL SINS,’ Conclusion: In this pulse-pounding conclusion to ‘Season Two’ of the hottest supernatural horror story in comics, it’s a surreal nightmare as Father Fred and Norton finally come face-to-face.

Why we like it: An awesome black and white Suayan cover marks the end of the second chapter of this slow burn thriller.

The #1 One: Age of X-Man Nextgen #1 (In-hyuck Lee variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Ed Brisson
Art: Marcus To

What it is: ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN! In an age of utopia, the Summers Institute for Higher Learning is the premiere school for the mutant community across the globe. Attendance is mandatory for all mutant children, as they learn to become the next generation of marvelous X-Men. But even in a utopian society, teenagers will always find a way to rebel… Follow Glob, Armor, Anole and Rockslide as they discover what it really means to live in an age of peace and harmony! Rated T+

Why we like it: Burned out on the mainstream X-Men team, I’m welcoming to a series that focuses on some of my favorite B-teamers. I think everyone could use more Glob in their life.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: The Savage Sword of Conan #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words:
Gerry Duggan
Art:
Ron Garney
Cover Art: Alex Ross

What it is: THE ANCIENT CULT OF KOGA THUN. A MYSTICAL TREASURE. AND THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN SAVE THE HYBORIAN AGE! Adrift at sea. No food. No weapons. Death surely awaits him. But the lionhearted CONAN is not so easily subdued, by Crom! When Conan finds himself captured, he unleashes his might on an unsuspecting pirate crew…one whose dark secrets will plunge Conan on the trail of an ancient treasure that may prove to be his undoing! An all-new age of SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN begins with a five-part tale of swords and sorcery by Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY WARS) and illustrated by legendary artist Ron Garney (DAREDEVIL, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER) with covers by the incomparable Alex Ross, and breathtaking variant covers by Garney, Rahzzah, comics legend George Perez, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman! Welcome to the deadly Hyborian Age-hope you survive the experience! Parental Advisory

Why we like it: Alex Ross is a master, no doubt. I always thought that Conan should be a bit hairier. Apparently they had mastered the art of man-scaping in ancient Cimmeria.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!