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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – 4/12/2017

Hey yo comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day, and on Tuesday I spotlight some of the titles that I will be checking out at my LCS. Here’s what I’m reading on a surprisingly Marvel heavy week.


The Top of the Pile: Old Man Logan #21

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Felipe Andrade

What it is: THE EPIC ‘PAST LIVES’ SAGA BEGINS HERE! AN INSTANT CLASSIC FOR THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES! Follow LOGAN through the ages – in the 1800s as a young mutant, to his first encounter with the HULK, to his stint with the X-MEN as WOLVERINE – it’s all here! OLD MAN LOGAN is accidentally sent spiraling through his own past, forced to relive some of his most tragic and intense moments. Will he be able to free himself from these living memories? And will he ever return to the WASTELANDS and the young baby Hulk he left behind? Parental Advisory

Why we love it: Jeff Lemire’s contract with Marvel is coming up and that means some of my favorite current Marvel series will be concluding or more likely relaunching after this year’s Secret Empire event. Old Man Logan may have been my favorite title that Lemire wrote for Marvel, so I’m bummed to see this one go. But thankfully we’ll get one last epic saga before the old man takes a bow and Marvel (hopefully) brings back Wolverine classic.




The Mainstream One: Deadpool Vs Punisher #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Fred Van Lente
Art: Pere Perez

What it is: Frank Castle has an unstoppable will – a powerful drive to punish those who do wrong, rooted in the tragic killing of his family. Wade Wilson has an unstoppable mouth – an unthinking knack for annoying everyone around him, rooted in thinking he’s funny. Both men, however, are among the deadliest on the planet. When they find themselves in disagreement over the criminal known as The Bank, they’re in for one of the most brutal fights of their lives! Can Frank kill Wade over and over without ever dying once himself? Or will Wade bug him until he welcomes death?

Why we like it:  It seems like every time Deadpool teams-up with another hero, the results are hysterical. This is clearly no team-up, as denoted by the “Vs” in Deadpool Vs Punisher, but judging by the cover I’m expecting healthy doses of jokes and violence.


The Indie One: Seven to Eternity #5 (Albuquerque variant)

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opena

What it is: NEW STORY ARC! Adam Osidis and the Mosak come to a crossroads. The choices they make here will echo throughout the lands of Zhal for all eternity.

Why we like it: Seven to Eternity is one of those books that remind us why a publisher like Image is essential to the industry. It’s a story that wouldn’t and probably couldn’t be told by the capes and underwear crowd. Remender’s writing is top-form and Opena’s richly detailed art fully brings this dystopic fantasy to life.



The #1 One: Rose #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Meredith Finch
Art: Ig Guara

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE A classic fantasy tale about a girl trying to restore balance to a broken world. Rose must connect with her Khat-Thorne-to become the Guardian the world needs. But things aren’t easy for Rose and Thorne, the powerful sorcerous Drucilla has many powerful and demonic allies-all of them focused on stopping one scared little girl who’s desperately trying to stay alive and do what’s right. Written by MEREDITH FINCH (Wonder Woman, Little Mermaid), and drawn by fan-favorite artist IG GUARA (Batman: Arkham Knight, Blue Beetle, The Ravagers).

Why we like it: The synopsis reminds me of the episode of Bob’s Burgers when Louis writes a Game of Thrones-esque story that centers around her Aunt Gail and her cat dragons. I like the creative team and Image has been on a roll recently, so I’ll give this one a browse at the stands.


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The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Amazing Spiderman #26 (Cover A and/or Resurrxion variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Stuart Innomen
Cover Art: Alex Ross and Kris Anka

What it is: ‘THE OSBORN IDENTITY’ CONTINUES! Silver Sable comes back into Spider-Man’s life – but isn’t she DEAD?! Norman Osborn has worked his way into a position of power in Symkaria, and any incursion by Spider-Man will be seen as an act of war. Will Spider-Man risk international infamy to take down his most dangerous foe?

Why we like it: Not one, but two smoking-hot covers for this week’s ASM. With rumors of Silver Sable heading to the silver screen, I’m grabbing the regular Alex Ross cover for sure. And Storm’s one of my favorite X-Men of all time, so I’ll grab the Ressurrxtion variant if I can get it for a reasonable price.


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 2/22/2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of The Crank File, the only place on the web that doesn’t give a damn that your mother’s name is Martha. I’m your host Ken Lee and here’s what I’m reading this week.



The Top of the Pile: Outcast #25

Publisher: Image
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Paul Azeaeta

What it is: NEW STORY ARC! ‘LIGHT OF DAY’-A major turning point in the series! New characters are introduced! Big things are in store for Kyle Barnes as he’s faced with something he never could have prepared for-hope! Everything changes as we celebrate our 25th issue! ALSO, HOLY CRAP! THIS ISSUE IS .25 CENTS TO CELEBRATE THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF IMAGE COMICS!

Why we love it: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics with a 25 cent cover priced issue of Outcast #25. Kirkham is the unquestionable king of horror drama in contemporary comics and Outcast is his crown jewel, no matter what those shambling, hobo survivors over at The Walking Dead say.



The Mainstream One: Justice League America #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Steve Orlando
Art: Ivan Reis

What it is: Meet the Extremists-self-proclaimed saviors from another Earth, they thirst for peace, prosperity and total submission to the will of their leader, Lord Havok! How can the newly assembled JLA stop this group of misguided maniacs before the Extremists unleash their own unique-not to mention dangerous!-brand of law and order on our chaotic world?  

Why we like it: Spinning out of the recent Justice League vs Suicide Squad event, DC is assembling the most unconventional JLA team yet. Led by Batman, it’s is a motley crew of b-list heroes and villains that were apparently chosen by throwing darts at a board. This iteration of the Justice League America will be composed of Black Canary, Atom, Frost, Vixen, The Ray and most importantly fraggin’ Lobo. And not the effeminate New 52 Lobo. Looks like the main man is back. You won’t want to miss this ya lowdown conivin’ bastiches!



The Indie One: Divinity III Stalinverse #3

Publisher: Valiant
Words: Matt Kindt
Art: Trevor Hairsine

What it is: Red rebellion! Across continents, the world bows to the oppressive and ruthless might of the global Russian regime. Former Russian intelligence officer Colin King, however, knows that this reality is not his own. With the truth on his side, Colin King is about to mount a resistance with aid of the world’s most feared undesirables and release the classified asset known as Abram Adams from a prison guarded by the CCCP’s greatest super powers. But when Myshka – the divinely powered enforcer of the Soviet Union – comes to crush their uprising, will the man once known as Ninjak live long enough to discover the sinister reason that the Stalinverse came to be? The truth behind Valiant’s shocking new reality will finally be revealed as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (NINJAK) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY II) pull back the iron curtain and reveal the insidious mastermind who will stop at nothing to preserve this twisted world order!

Why we like it: Divinity continues to be my favorite new superhero to emerge in the past 5 years, and that includes anybody from the big two (with the possible exception of Ms. Marvel). In the two short years since his conception, his story has completely altered the landscape of the Valiant universe. If you haven’t checked out Divinity yet, I highly recommend picking up the trades and getting caught up. I can say without hyperbole that it is epic.


The #1 One: The Old Guard #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Greg Rucka
Art: Leandro Fernandez

What it is: Eisner-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, BLACK MAGICK, Wonder Woman) and critically acclaimed artist LEANDRO FERNANDEZ (THE DISCIPLINE, Deadpool, Punisher: MAX) team up together to introduce THE OLD GUARD, the story of old soldiers who never die and yet cannot seem to fade away. Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia – ‘Andy’ – and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find-and afford-their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.

Why we like it: I’m a firm believer in following creative talent wherever it goes and Greg Rucka is one of those creators who can pull off strange, high concept stories that other writers wouldn’t even touch. Image has been on a roll lately, with breakout hits Seven to Eternity and God Country. Will The Old Guard continue their winning streak?



The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Amazing Spiderman #24 (Dell Otto variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover Art:  Gabrielle Dell Otto

What it is: A CLONE CONSPIRACY TIE-IN! Spider-Man has been through hell. The Jackal has taken his best shot, but Spider-Man doesn’t need to face him alone. Discover who is joining Spider-Man in his battle!

Why we like it: Clone Conspiracy was good but not great. It ended with a bang but besides bringing back some legacy characters it ended without any clear sense of purpose. I’m hoping that the post-event tie-ins, Clone Conspiracy Omega and ASM#24 will give us some closure. But if it doesn’t, at least I’ll have another beautiful Dell Otto Spiderman cover in my collection.


That’s all I got this week. Let me know what you’re checking out in the comments. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 7/6/2016

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File, the only place on the web that cranks red, white and blue. Hope everyone had a fun 4th of July weekend, with all digits and appendages still in tact. It has been crazy busy summer here at the Crank File. Whenever I hear the term “lazy summer days”, it makes me want to scream. That phrase made so much more sense back before I graduated. Thank god for Wednesdays.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:


The Top of the Pile: Moon Knight #4

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Greg Smallwood

What it is: Marc Spector and his fellow asylum patients – Frenchie, Gena and Marlene – finally reach street level. But Marc doesn’t see streets. He sees New York City sinking in the sands of NEO-EGYPT! How much of himself – and how many more friends – will Marc lose before he reaches his true enemy?

Why we love it: Marc Spector lives in a mental institute and Marc is having a bad day. He’s having another psychotic episode. During these episodes, he becomes the vigilante called The Moon Knight and goes around fighting crime. Only The Moon Knight isn’t real. And the bad guys that he beats up are, in reality, just the orderlies. That’s what the doctors have been telling him for years. But as Marc’s psyche descends deeper between altered states, we begin to question whether these episodes are just delusions or something super-natural. Superb writing, great art, you want to check out this book.



The Mainstream one: Amazing Spider-man #15

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli

What it is: ‘Power Play’ comes to its rousing conclusion! Regent’s master plan is working until Mary Jane Watson gets into the fray!

Why we like it: It’s Iron Jane. That’s Mary Jane Watson in the Iron Spider suit. For those who forgot, that’s the suit Tony Stark built for Peter Parker during the first Civil War event. MJ clearly wears it better. Bonus points for the stunning Alex Ross regular cover.



The Indie One: Paper Girls #7

Publisher: Image
Words: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Cliff Chang

What it is: Trapped in a dark future, Erin and her fellow deliverers from 1988 uncover shocking truths about their own fates.

Why we like it: Because BKV. He knows how to write good comics.



The #1 One: Civil War II: Kingpin #1 (Ribic variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Mathew Rosenberg
Art: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz

What it is: An Inhuman with the ability to predict the future has helped the heroes of the Marvel Universe clamp down on crime before it can even happen. While this thwarts most criminals, one man has found a way to keep doing what he does best. Wilson Fisk has managed to stay one step ahead of the good guys and his crime enterprise is BOOMING. But what’s his secret?!

Why we like it: There are two reasons why I like this pick. One, that Ribic cover is an instant classic. Two, Matt Rosenberg makes his writing debut at Marvel. He wrote my favorite mini-series from last year, We Can Never Go Home, and is currently writing another book which I am loving, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank. I tend to follow good writers and Matt is one I’m watching with keen interest.


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Justice League: Rebirth #1 (Madureira variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Bryan Hitch
Art: Bryan Hitch
Cover art: Joe Madureira

What it is: A new day dawns for Earth’s greatest heroes as they welcome three new members to the team, including Superman? Who is this strange visitor from a dead world-and can he be trusted? Batman and Wonder Woman aren’t so sure.

Why we like it: Joe Mad does it again, teasing us with another gorgeous cover for DC. What I wouldn’t give for a few more issues of Battle Chasers. Come back to comics Joe, we miss you.


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