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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – July 11, 2018

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 #1 (Jerome Opena variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Ryan Ottley

What it is: An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! But that’s far from all you’ll find here – a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (SECRET EMPIRE, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) and the Marvel debut of RYAN OTTLEY (Invincible)! Rated T

The Mainstream One: Superman #1 (Adam Hughes variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Ivan Reis

What it is:  A bold new chapter for the greatest superhero of all time begins here as the superstar team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the all-new SUPERMAN! The fallout from the Man of Steel miniseries has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes… with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet back out of the Phantom Zone!

The Indie One: Farmhouse #1

Publisher: Image
Words and art: Rob Guillory

What it is: Jedidiah Jenkins is a farmer-but his cash crop isn’t corn or soy. Jed grows fast-healing, plug-and-play human organs. Lose a finger? Need a new liver? He’s got you covered. Unfortunately, strange produce isn’t the only thing Jed’s got buried. Deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm, something dark has taken root, and it’s beginning to bloom. From ROB GUILLORY, Eisner-winning co-creator and artist of Image Comics’ CHEW, comes a new dark comedy about science gone sinister and agriculture gone apocalyptic. Nature is a Mother.

The #1 One: She Could Fly #1

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Christopher Cantwell
Art: Martin Morazzo

What it is: In Chicago, an unknown woman appears flying at speeds of 120 miles per hour and at heights reaching 2,000 feet. Then she suddenly dies in a fiery explosion mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Luna, a disturbed 15-year-old girl becomes obsessed with learning everything about her while rumors and conspiracy theories roil. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman’s inner life lead to the liberation from her own troubled mind?

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Wonder Woman #50 

Publisher: DC
Words: James Robinsom
Art: Jesus Merino
Cover Art: Jenny Frison

What it is: A new pantheon of gods has been born! But who are they? Where did they come from? What do they want? All questions for Wonder Woman, because she played more of a role in their arrival than you’d think! Will it fall to Diana to end their existence as well? Meanwhile, Wonder Woman’s brother Jason learns his true purpose. It’s all here in this extra-sized anniversary issue!

 

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 – July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day fellow 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. Retailers were given the go ahead by most publishers to release books at midnight, so make sure to check if your LCS is open late and get an early jump on your week’s reading.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Batman #50

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin

What it is: It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbeat nuptials, joined by an all-star lineup of guest classic Bat-artists doffing their hats to the lucky couple in a series of pre-wedding flashback scenes sure to set the romantic mood.

Why we love it: It’s the wedding of the year and Catwoman also has a new solo series starting this week. That does not bode well for Batman. Kitty Pride left Colossus at the alter in X-Men last week, will this kitty be a copy cat?

The Mainstream One: Captain America #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Ta-nehisi Coates
Art: Leinil Francis Yu

What it is: IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA. For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising! Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America? Rated T+

Why we like it: Love the creative team and that Alex Ross cover is some of his best work in years. What better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than grabbing the #1 of a new chapter for Captain America?

The Indie One: Death of Glory #3

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Bengal

What it is: Glory has found a way to save her father’s life, but getting there means barreling into the heart of her ex’s criminal empire-and the horrors he committed there.

Why we like it: Diggin that Bullitt homage cover. Has been a fun read so far with excellent art. Highly recommended.

The #1 One: Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 (of 6)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Sylan Burnett

What it is: EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF THANOS! Frank Castle was the Punisher. A deal with the devil made him Ghost Rider. A deal with Galactus made him cosmic. A deal with Thanos made him…DEAD?!? Not to worry, he’s coming back, and he’s got a plan to make the universe a better place that’s going to lead him into an even CRAZIER adventure than he’s ever been in! Join hot new comic (and cosmic?) writer Donny Cates (THANOS, DOCTOR STRANGE) as he pushes his wildest creation past the breaking point! Rated T+

Why we like it: The cosmically powered Frank Castle Ghost Rider was one of the most insane and funnest parts of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s critically acclaimed Thanos run. He’s back from the dead and as weird as ever. I have a feeling that this series is going to be straight bonkers.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Star Wars #50 (JTC Action Figure variant)

Publisher: Marcel
Words: Kieron Gillen
Art: Salvador Larocca
Cover Art: John Tyler Christopher

What it is: IN THIS ISSUE…HOPE DIES. The REBEL FLEET is completed. It’s magnificent. It’s beautiful. It’s secret. But no secret is kept for long from DARTH VADER. The most epic story yet done in a STAR WARS comic begins here. Prepare to witness the Empire TRULY strike back. Rated T

Why we like it: You want this… don’t you?

 

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 – June 27, 2018

https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.hans.18/videos/1730316607034369/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: Saga #53

Publisher: Image
Words: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

What it is: Uh-oh.

Why we love it: I couldn’t help myself. If you’re a regular reader here then Saga needs no introduction. I love Saga even when it rips my heart out, which it does fairly regularly. I’ve been purposefully leaving it off the list because otherwise it would always be at the top of the pile. But this latest arc has been building a sense of dread throughout and I just know something soul wrenching is coming soon. The cover shows The Will reaching a bloody hand for his lance… uh-oh may be an understatement. 

The Mainstream One: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #32

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Brandon Montclare
Art: Natcha Bustos

What it is: SAVE OUR SCHOOL PART 1. If Lunella Lafayette is smart enough to get into the Future Foundation or some Wakandan prep school, what’s she doing at good ol’ P.S. 20? Have you heard NYC has a new mayor? Wilson Fisk is running the Big Apple and everything in it, including the Department of Education! But he won’t be ruling it alone… meet your new favorite Marvel character: PRINCESS FISK! Rated T

Why we like it: First appearance of Kingpin’s daughter, Princess Fisk. Could grab some heat from speculators and Moon Girl’s print run is notoriously low. Remember when Omnipotentious’ first appearance blew up? Grab one just to be safe.

The Indie One: Harrow County #32

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Cullen Bunn
Art: Tyler Crook

What it is: This is it! The final issue of Harrow County! Emmy, with the help of Bernice and the Abandoned, takes on Hester Beck in a war of magic as the hit series comes to a final conclusion.

Why we like it: I am admittedly a few volumes behind Harrow County, but I have loved what I have read so far. Now that it’s coming to an end I can happily play binge catch up with this fantastic backwoods horror story.

The #1 One: Teen Titans Special #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Adam Glass
Art: Robson Rocha

What it is: Robin, Kid Flash and Red Arrow are sick of the super-hero status quo, and if the adults won’t do anything about it, you’d better believe these teenagers will! Following the shocking events of NO JUSTICE, don’t miss this special oversized issue that sets the stage for a fearless new direction that will change the Teen Titans forever!

Why we like it: Their are rumors that Lobo’s daughter Crush will be making a first appearance in this issue. Whether it is a first full appearance or a cameo has not been revealed yet. Take a flip through on Wednesday and decide for yourself.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Ms. Marvel #31

Publisher: Marvel
Words: G. Willow Wilson
Art: Nico Leon
Cover Art: Stephanie Hans

What it is: Celebrating 50 issues of Kamala Khan! That’s right – we’ve published 50 issues of MS. MARVEL, and we’re celebrating-SLUMBER PARTY STYLE! KAMALA is having a sleepover with her best friends NAKIA, ZOE, and MIKE…but when calamity strikes in Jersey City, how can MS. MARVEL save the day without bailing on her friends? And speaking of friends, top creators SALADIN AHMED, RAINBOW ROWELL, and MORE are joining the party with series regulars G. WILLOW WILSON and NICO LEON to bring you this historic tale! PLUS: a special surprise that’ll rock Kamala’s world! Don’t miss this landmark issue! Rated T+

Why we like it: Stephanie Hans has been on a tear since her Venomized Jean Grey variant hit with fans. This is a beauty and you can watch Stephanie’s process on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.hans.18/videos/1730316607034369/

 

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

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Great Stories Pop Culture Talk June 2018

Hey Everyone….check out our ultra-spoilery video that discusses the teams thoughts on both Solo: A Star Wars Story and Deadpool 2!  Special thanks to our Production Team and Barry Giles for their support and making us look and sound better than ever.

 

We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to comment away and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

 

-The Great Stories Team

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Great Stories Comic Shop Talk June 2018

Hey Guys…after a bit of a prolonged absence due to our team getting our production quality up to speed to give you a better experience with our videos, we have returned and hopefully now every month without fail!

In this month’s episode, we talk Dan Slott’s swan song Amazing Spider-Man #800, Chris indulges himself in discussing the recent Punisher run with War Machine armor, a couple of Wayne’s regular reads in Weapon H and the new Lando Calrissian comic series, Brian Bendis’ Man of Steel, and Ken makes mention of a couple of Indies on his radar!

 

We’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment on our video and contact us with anything you would like for us to discuss in future videos!

 

-The Great Stories Team

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – June 6, 2018

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: Batman #48

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: 

What it is: ‘THE BEST MAN’ part one! Batman and Catwoman decide it might be better to elope rather than go through some big, stodgy wedding ceremony, but no sooner do they put their marriage on the fast track than The Joker appears! And when The Joker kidnaps the Caped Crusader, will he give his old foe a piece of his mind or bash in his brains?

The Mainstream One: Doctor Strange #1(Bachalo variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Mar Waid
Art: Jesus Saiz

What it is: NEW SPELLS, ALLIES & ENEMIES IN THIS NEW SERIES FROM MARK WAID & JESUS SAIZ! SORCERER SUPREME…OF THE GALAXY! The Eye of Agamotto is closed! Doctor Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the Earth’s arcane power, and he can’t wait to recover while nightmares press against the seams of our reality. Tony Stark offers a 21st-century solution: When astral travel fails, try astronautical travel. Enter Doctor Strange: Space-Explorer Supreme! New spells, allies and enemies – new and old – await Strange beyond the stars, along with corners and secrets of the Marvel Universe seen here for the first time! Space is endless, but time is short. After years of threats, Stephen’s bill for magic use is coming due – who will come to collect?!

The Indie One: Death of Glory #2 (Totino variant)

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Bengal

What it is: Hot off the heels of a heist run on her ex’s criminal empire, Glory realizes just what it is she stole… and how much trouble she’s in now.

The #1 One: Justice League #1 (Lee variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Jim Cheung

What it is: ‘THE TOTALITY’ part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Harley Quinn #43

Publisher: DC
Words: Christopher Sebela
Art: Mirka Andolfo
Cover Art: Frank Cho

What it is: When Harley Quinn finds herself hammer-deep in a paranoid spiral, the last thing she needs is for someone to blow up her favorite bodega! Worse, the only clue she finds seems to indicate Harley herself was the actual target of the attack! What’s a girl to do when she’s pushed all her friends away just as someone decides to kill her?

 

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 – May 30, 2018

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

Publisher: Marvel
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)

Publisher: DC
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)

Publisher: Image
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

Publisher: DC
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

Publisher: DC
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!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – May 23, 2018

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:  Invincible Iron Man #600

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Everyone

What it is: BRIAN BENDIS ENDS HIS MARVEL TENURE WITH THIS VERY SPECIAL OVERSIZED ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! Tony Stark is back, but in what form? At least five huge surprises await new and old fans alike. Industry legend Brian Michael Bendis drops his final Marvel Comic to end an era, and he’s going out big! This super-sized anniversary extravaganza features artistic contributions from a bevy of Bendis’ collaborators from over the years, including Jim Cheung, David Marquez, Mike Deodato Jr., Mark Bagley, Leinil Francis Yu, Daniel Acuña and a few other surprises! All this and a huge new villain arises! And the futures of Tony, Riri Williams and Victor Von Doom are all revealed!

Why we love it: Bendis’ last issue before he moves on for the bluer pastures at DC. I read that Tony is going to try to bring Rhodey back from the dead. This is sure to end well.

The Mainstream One: Champions #20

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jim Zub
Art: Sean Izaaksi

What it is: What good is conquering a world if it’s already destroyed by the time you take over? The Master is determined to save Earth from itself and the Champions are going to help him do it… Plus, a new hero from an unexpected source – Who is Snowguard?

Why we like it: New character alert, Amka Aliyak aka Snowguard. She’s a teenaged Inuk whose powers seem similar to DC’s Beast Boy. She can shapeshift and take on animal traits. Champions has a smaller print run which could make this a harder to find first appearance down the road, if the character sticks around. What is up with Hulk’s face? He looks like friggin Mr. Yunioshi.

The Indie One: Black Hammer: Age of Doom #2

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Dan Ormston

What it is: The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns! As new Black Hammer Lucy Weber fights her way out of this gritty new dimension, she finds herself caught in Hell itself and up against trickster demons, Satan, and a bizarre emo god.

Why we like it: Jeff Lemire keeps hammering out the hits. Age of Doom is delivering the same sense of mystery and dread that made the first volume of Black Hammer so enjoyable. 

The #1 One: Black Panther #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Taneshi Coates
Art: Daniel Acuna

What it is: A NEW DIRECTION FROM TA-NEHISI COATES & DANIEL ACUñA! A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed… Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! Ta-Nehisi Coates welcomes aboard fan-favorite artist Daniel Acuña for a Black Panther story unlike any other!

Why we like it: Black Panther in spaaaaaace! Just look at that 1:25 In-Hyuk Lee variant cover! How are we gonna top that?

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Batgirl #23

Publisher: DC
Words: Hope Larson
Art: Minkyu Jung
Cover Art: Josh Middleton

What it is: ‘STRANGE LOOP’ finale! Trapped in a prison of her own mind’s making, Batgirl must act out of character in order to reenter reality. Can she put her need to survive above the needs of those she’s sworn to protect? Or is she doomed to wander the mazes of her mind for all of eternity?!

Why we like it: This is going to be a semi-virgin cover and will look drop dead gorgeous. Congrats Josh Middleton, you’ve created a classic!

 

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 – May 16, 2018

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: Barrier #3

Publisher: Image
Words: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Marcos Martin

What it is: A very special ‘silent’ issue! This is the first wordless comic ever from either BRIAN K. VAUGHAN or MARCOS MARTÍN.

Why we love it: Originally published on Brian K Vaughan’s digital platform, The Panel Syndicate, the first printed issue of Barrier was given away on Free Comic Book Day, with issues #1 and #2 going on sale this past Wednesday. I read both issues last week and was immediately captivated. The plot revolves around two characters, a Texas cattle rancher at risk of losing her land due to cartel violence and an assumed illegal immigrant crossing the Mexico/US border. Their lives unexpectedly intersect when they are both abducted by aliens. One of the recurring themes of the story is communication, or rather difficulty communicating across language barriers, and I should point out to interested readers that the first two issues had pages of dialogue entirely in Spanish, without any translation. I was able to puzzle most of it out using my 3-years of high school Spanish and Google Translate did the rest. But unless you are a Spanish speaker, expect to do some work. Thankfully issue #3 is wordless, so problem solved for now.

The Mainstream One: Batman #47

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Sandu Florea

What it is: THE TRAVELERS’ part three! As Booster Gold, Batman and Catwoman zero in on the time anomaly, what they find and their actions to correct it will have ramifications on all of the DC Universe. Tom King and Master Class artist Tony S. Daniel end their first story with a bang that will tee up the next big development in the Batman/Catwoman romance.

Why we like it: Booster’s ingenious plan really crapped the bed last issue. Just about everyone was murdered, Booster was shot and his time traveling machine is smashed to bits. I have no idea how Bats is going to detective his way out of this pickle and I love it.

The Indie One: Infidel #3

Publisher: Image
Words: Pornsak Pichetshote
Art: Aaron Campbell

What it is: Following last issue’s devastating events, the mysterious entities haunting Aisha’s home escalate their attacks. As the nightmare spreads to her friends and neighbors, the creatures expose their true natures and long-buried hatreds.

Why we like it: I picked Infidel as my #1 One when it debuted and this freaky, haunted house story with racial overtones has already been optioned by Tristar pictures to be adapted as a movie. Be on the look out for #1’s on Wednesday, covers A and B are currently trading on the Bay for $10-$15 with the virgin cover going for $25-$30. You will probably want to flip them quick, as movie options often fail to materialize.

The #1 One: Walk Through Hell #1

Publisher: Aftershock
Words: Garth Ennis
Art: Goran Sudzuka

What it is: So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse… Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw at him. When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares-in a place where the night may never end at all. A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudzuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer)

Why we like it: I’m always down for a good horror mystery.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: True Believers X-Men #25

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Fabian Nicieza
Art: Andy Kubert
Cover Art: Andy Kubert

What it is: Reprinting X-Men (1991) #25

Why we like it: This is a reprint of one of my favorite single issues of all time. It was the first comic book that I bought myself, purchased off a spinny rack at a local convenience store, and it contains one of the most unforgettable moments in X-Men history. The image of Magneto ripping the adamantium off of Wolverine’s skeleton, watching in horror as it burst through his skin, it still haunts me to this day. I was 9 years old at the time and I still remember the panels and the words and I remember desperately thinking “I need to know what happens next!!” It was a first step into a larger world. If you never had the opportunity, here’s your chance to own it for a buck.

 

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 – May 9, 2018

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: Scooby Apocalypse#25

Publisher: DC
Words: Keith Giffen
Art: Ron Wagner

What it is: After nearly fifty years of Scooby-Doo, the unthinkable occurs! This month death claims one of the most beloved figures in pop-culture history: Fred Jones! This stunning turn of events will have repercussions that you won’t want to miss!

Why we love it:  You gotta respect any man who rocks the same ascot for fifty years. I’m hoping that Fred’s death is meaningful and actually sticks for a while and isn’t just a ploy to sell books in the short term. Fred Jones dying may not seem like a big deal, but the Scooby universe is not a place where killing a main character only to resurrect them shortly afterwards is standard operating procedure. I’m sorry Mr. Jones, it’s time.

The Mainstream One: Batman White Knight #8 of 8

Publisher: DC
Words and art: Sean Gordon Murphy

What it is: In the extra-sized finale of Sean Murphy’s top-selling miniseries, Jack Napier’s suspicious seduction of Gotham City comes to its twisted conclusion! With the city on the verge of becoming an icy tomb for the GTO, Batgirl makes a crucial assist and Gordon is forced to reevaluate his judgment of Batman to secure the greater good. As the true Joker’s return becomes imminent, Harley seeks vengeance and reckons with the bleak future that looms for her loved ones.

Why we like it: A series that introduced us to a reformed Joker, multiple Harley Quinns, and a rogue Batman, Sean Gordon’s alternate Batman universe has been a wild, wild ride. Sad to see this one end, but there are rumors that this series could be returning for a volume 2.

The Indie One: B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #6

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie
Art: Sebastian Fiumara

What it is: Hellboy is back on earth, and the B.P.R.D. struggles to understand his unwillingness to hunt the demon threatening to turn the earth into a literal Hell.

Why we like it: For those of you not keeping track, Hellboy has been dead for 3 years. This week he returns but he seems… different. A can’t miss moment for fans of the Mignolaverse.

 The #1 One: Venom #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Ryan Stegman

What it is: A NEW SERIES BY DONNY CATES & RYAN STEGMAN! In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock! Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!

Why we like it: Donny Cates continues his rocket-like trajectory to super stardom with the launch of a new Venom series. Expect first appearances and a shake up of the status quo. I wish that Cates would be allowed to work exclusively with artist Geoff Shaw, with whom he created God Country and had a memorable run on Thanos. But I do like Ryan Stegman’s art and hope that he and Donny find a similar chemistry.

 The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Suicide Squad #41

Publisher: DC
Words: Rob Williams
Art: Jose Luis
Cover Art: Francesco Mattina

What it is:  ‘CONSTRICTION’ part one! Batman has broken Deadshot out of Belle Reve! Now the Dark Knight and the assassin who never misses have a new mission: rescue Deadshot’s daughter from the clutches of Kobra! But Amanda Waller’s not having it, and she’s determined to drag her prisoner back at any cost!

Why we like it: I was debating between two Mattina covers this week, the other being cover B for Flash which features a closeup head shot of Professor Zoom. This one gets the nod for the amazing smoke and lighting effects. Mattina’s recent work has been next level (Harley Quinn aside) and continues to ascend into the upper echelon of cover art.

 

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