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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 8, 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: Sandman Universe #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Si Spurrier
Art: Bilquis Evely

What it is: From the mind of New York Times #1 bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a new world filled with dreams, nightmares and wonderful characters living together in a shared universe for a new story unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien’s library is discovered by a group of children in the waking world where it should not exist. Lucien calls for Matthew the Raven to seek out their master, Daniel, Lord of Dreams. As Matthew flies across the Waking World and others, he finds a young boy named Timothy Hunter who, in his dreams, has become the world’s most powerful magician-but in his nightmares he is the world’s greatest villain. A new House has appeared in the realm of the Dreaming: the House of Whispers, with its proprietor, a fortune-teller called Erzulie. And elsewhere, Lucifer has fallen again, only this time he might be trapped in a Hell of his own design. Spiraling out of this special issue will be four all-new series set in the Sandman Universe. It all starts here!

The Mainstream One: Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy

What it is: Batman versus Red Hood for the right to fight in Gotham-grab your ringside seat for the battle 25 years in the making! Jason Todd broke a promise to his mentor, and must now confront an angry and betrayed Batman. That means a good time for readers, but probably not so much for Jason: it’s likely going to take more than the Outlaws’ help in order for the Red Hood to avoid wearing an orange jumper in prison.

The Indie One: Hey Kids! Comics! #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Howard Victor Chaykin
Art: Don Cameron

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE! HEY KIDS! COMICS! takes its cue from nearly a century of turbulence and triumph, despair and drama in the comic book racket. Artists and writers, con men and clowns, ganefs and gangsters, create the foundations of today’s biggest entertainment business-or at least the tail that wags the dog. Some of it really happened, and the names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty… although in the end, everyone was guilty of something.

The #1 One: Fantastic Four #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Sara Pichello

What it is: FOUREVER Part One BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT – THE WORLD’S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE IS BACK! Since the end of SECRET WARS, there’s been a gap in the Marvel Universe. A void no other team can fill. And it’s time for the world to move on. But can it? A life-changing decision by the Thing! A momentous declaration by the Human Torch! A clarion call-to-arms that summons Doctor Doom! And a signal in the sky that heralds the return of hope to the Marvel Universe! All this, and Alicia Masters adopts kittens! So cute! Plus, the Impossible Man! AND BONUS STORIES ILLUSTRATED BY SIMONE BIANCHI AND SKOTTIE YOUNG! IF YOU READ ONLY ONE MARVEL COMIC THIS MONTH, THIS IS THE ONE! Rated T

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Flash #52

Publisher: DC
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Christian Duce
Cover Art: Gabrielle Dell Otto

What it is: On your mark, get set and go for part one of ‘Grips of Strength’! Barry Allen races to the House of Heroes at the center of the Multiverse to meet with the Flashes of 52 worlds for info on the new forces he’s recently encountered. Meanwhile, back in Central City, Trickster’s turning informant against Warden Wolfe, but that brings about a sneak attack that Barry and the time-lost Commander Cold must team up to stop-if they can quit butting heads long enough to do so.

 

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 – August 1, 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: Mister Miracle #10 (of 12)

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads

What it is: Darkseid has put an offer on the table- something that can end the war between New Genesis and Apokolips once and for all. The stakes are high, but peace is important. Mister Miracle finds himself caught having to make a decision that won’t just change the new life he’s been building, but potentially the entirety of the universe.

Why we love it: Scott Free has to decide how much he is willing to sacrifice to stop the eternal war. Will he trade away his new born son to the enemy, to be raised in Apokolips as the one true heir to Darkseid, in exchange for a few decades of true peace?

The Mainstream One: Infinity Wars #1 (of 6)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Gerry Duggan
Art: Mike Deodato

What it is: As the Infinity Stones come to Earth, so too comes the war for control over them. But none who wield the stones know the truth about the power they contain…or what it would take to bring them to their END. The nature of the universe itself hangs in the balance as we learn the answer to the question on everyone’s lips since ‘Infinity Wars Prime’: WHO IS REQUIEM? Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY COUNTDOWN) and Mike Deodato Jr. (ORIGINAL SIN, OLD MAN LOGAN) look into the Infinite and bring the truth to light! Rated T+

Why we like it: My bet’s on Gamora being Requiem. I thought the prime issue was pretty cool and Marvel’s events have become far less intrusive without the jillion of tie-ins.

The Indie One: Seven to Eternity #10

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opena

What it is: ‘THE SPRINGS OF ZHAL,’ Part One-Adam Osidis and the Mud King travel the wastelands to the mythical Springs of Zhal, which promise a cure to Adam’s fatal disease-and the offer of the God of Whispers fulfilled. But when you deal with the devil, how soon before he lays claim to your soul?

Why we like it: Crazy that its been 2 years since this series launched and we’re only at issue 10. Opena is back on art so I’ll be back as well. Remender’s story is quality as usual, but it’s the artwork that really makes this comic sing. This title doesn’t come out often enough but it’s consistently great when it eventually does.

The #1 One: Leviathan #1 

Publisher: Image
Words: John Layman
Art: Nick Pitarra

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE! Poor Ryan DeLuca didn’t buy enough beer for his party, and while he was out on a beer run his idiot buddies busted out some mystical arcana and performed a summoning ceremony-a ceremony that summoned a giant monster from hell! Join multiple Eisner-winning writer JOHN LAYMAN (CHEW) and Eisner-nominated artist NICK PITARRA (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS), along with soon-to-be-nominated-for-best-colorist MICHAEL GARLAND (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS) for an eye-popping, face-melting, reality-defying, nonstop rush of pure adrenaline.

Why we like it: It’s also been almost two years since the hit series Chew ended and I’m pretty excited for a new John Layman story. The art looks pretty wild, it has a neo underground comix feel. And there’s a giant lizard monster. Count me in.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Captain America #2

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Cover Art: Alex Ross

What it is: WINTER IN AMERICA Continues! Distrusted by a nation that seems to have lost faith in him, Steve Rogers is a man out of time and out of options! Where can a now-unsanctioned Captain America turn for aid and assistance in order to stem the rise of the cabal of influence brokers known as the Power Elite? Rated T+

Why we like it: I feel like I ought to stand and remove my hat.

 

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 25, 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: Doomsday Clock #6

Publisher: DC
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Gary Frank

What it is: The critically acclaimed super star team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank continue this groundbreaking event as the Mime and the Marionette take center stage in DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6.

The Mainstream One: Teen Titans #20 (Shirahama variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Adam Glass
Art: Bernard Chang

What it is: Batman has no idea what he’s doing. Superman? Not a clue. Wonder Woman? Whatever. Damian Wayne is Robin, and he’s done with the bleeding-heart approach favored by the heroes of the senior circuit. New plan of action: recruit a new Teen Titans. Kid Flash, Red Arrow and newbies Roundhouse, D’jinn and…wait, Lobo has a daughter? That’ll end well. And then build something in secret deep beneath the new Teen Titans HQ. Secret from his teammates, secret from even Batman. It’s a secret that will change the way you look at Robin forever!

The Indie One: Saga #54

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

What it is: The explosive ‘season finale’ to SAGA’s most shocking storyline yet.

The #1 One: Justice League Dark #1 (Capullo variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno

What it is: From the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! Earth’s magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It’s up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs! After the events of NO JUSTICE, team leader Wonder Woman guides the misfit magic mix of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and Detective Chimp against enemies too fantastic even for the Justice League. Plus, what awful things are coming through the Tree of Wonder? Dark days ahead…

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Wonder Woman #51

Publisher: DC
Words: Steve Orlando
Art: Laura Braga
Cover Art: Stanley Artgerm Lau

What it is: Then, is Man’s World ready for Wonder Woman to bring Amazonian justice to today’s society? Guest writer Steve Orlando (Justice League of America) delves into that theme in ‘Transformation Island,’ which sees Diana visiting the small-time crook known as Mayfly in jail over the course of several years. But how do these visits impact Diana and Mayfly?

 

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 18, 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: Immortal Hulk #3

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Joe Bennett

What it is: What happened in the church on Mercer Avenue? What made the Lembert boy do what he did? Who is the One Below All? Reporter Jackie McGee has four eyewitnesses, with four different viewpoints, telling four different stories. But they all saw Bruce Banner…and the Immortal Hulk. Rated T+

Why we love it: This series puts a horror spin on the Hulk. Bruce Banner is battling the monster within and it is absolutely terrifying. 

The Mainstream One: Batman #51

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Lee Weeks

What it is: The honeymoon’s over for Bruce Wayne as Gotham City’s most prominent citizen gets selected for jury duty in a chilling court case involving Mr. Freeze! Freeze claims the charges should be dismissed because Batman used excessive force; cue the outrage and media circus. While doing his civic duty, Wayne’s forced to take a hard look at the Dark Knight’s methods. And hey…what is Dick Grayson doing running around the city dressed as Batman?

Why we like it: So the Bat/Cat wedding was a beautiful, poetic bit of nothing. I still feel writer Tom King has left the door open for the wedding to happen later in his run, but will be interesting to see the direct fallout.

The Indie One: Skyward #4

Publisher: Image
Words: Joe Henderson
Art: Lee Garbett

What it is: ‘MY LOW-G LIFE,’ Part Four-When someone close to Willa is kidnapped, she’s forced to make an impossible choice. To make matters worse, there’s a storm coming-and weather in this low-G world is much more dangerous than it used to be…

Why we like it: Earth’s gravity has been reduced to a fraction of its strength and only one man knows how to fix it. Only someone will do anything in his power to stop him.

 The #1 One: The Life of Captain Marvel #1 (Artgerm variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Margaret Stohl
Art: Carlos Pacheco

What it is: THE DEFINITIVE ORIGIN OF CAPTAIN MARVEL! Carol Danvers was just a girl from the Boston suburbs who loved science and the Red Sox until a chance encounter with a Kree hero gave her incredible super-powers. Now, she’s a leader in the Avengers and the commander of Alpha Flight. But what if there were more to the story? When crippling anxiety attacks put her on the sidelines in the middle of a fight, Carol finds herself reliving memories of a life she thought was far behind her. You can’t outrun where you’re from – and sometimes, you HAVE to go home again. But there are skeletons in Captain Marvel’s closet – and what she discovers will change her entire world. Written by best-selling author Margaret Stohl and drawn by fan-favorite comics veteran Carlos Pacheco, this is the true origin of Captain Marvel. Rated T+

Why we like it: Captain Marvel is next in line to get the big screen treatment, so it’s time for Marvel to get their audience primed. That Artgerm variant is straight fire!

 The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Cable #159 (Anceleto variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Lonnnie Nadler
Art: German Peralta
Cover Art: Jay Anceleto

What it is: ‘PAST FEARS’ PART 5: BACK TO CABLE’S CHILDHOOD WITH REDD AND SLYM! Young CABLE faces his biggest fear: his own Techno-Organic virus! Guest-starring CYCLOPS & PHOENIX! Cable’s dark secret is finally revealed! Rated T+

Why we like it: Jay Anceleto went beast mode on this Cable cover. This could be a movie poster.

 

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 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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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!