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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – December 19, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to a very merry 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: Captain America #6

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

What it is: “WINTER IN AMERICA” CONCLUDES… with a shocking turn of events that will send the Star-Spangled Avenger’s life into a sudden dramatic tailspin you won’t see coming! Rated T+

Why we love it: The Red Skull once used the power of the Cosmic Cube to transfer his mind into the body of Soviet KGB operative Aleksander Lukin, just moments before being assassinated. The Skull and Lukin, two bitter rivals, shared the same body for a while and have been missing since doing some body swapping and being shot to death a few years back. It seems like they are both back in action and it’s sure to spell trouble for Cap and friends. Love the Alex Ross cover!

The Mainstream One: Darth Vader #25

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Elia Bonnetti

What it is: FORTRESS VADER: FINALE!
• The FORTRESS is complete. The door will be opened.
• VADER finds everything he has ever desired.
• THE DARK LORD gets everything he deserves.
Rated T

Why we like it: Come see where Vader goes to getaway from the stresses of ruling a galaxy. And where else would a lord like Vader build his vacation home other than on a volcano planet located directly on top of a Sith cave? Cozy.

The Indie One: Spawn #292

Publisher: Image
Words: Todd McFarlane
Art: Szymon Kudranski

What it is: Spawn gets a new power.

Why we like it: Spawn gets a new power and I want to see what it is. Hopefully it isn’t something lame, like the ability to communicate with fish.

The #1 One: Hardcore #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Andy Diggle
Art: Alessandro Vitti

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE! Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn any person into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can’t. Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when he gets stranded in a body with only 72 hours to discover who’s hijacked the Program, he’ll have to pull out all the stops against an enemy who could be literally anyone.

From the creative minds of ROBERT KIRKMAN and MARC SILVESTRI, and presented by ANDY DIGGLE (THIEF OF THIEVES, Losers) and ALESSANDRO VITTI (Secret Warriors), comes a new Skybound Original that shows you how to save the world without getting your hands dirty.

Why we like it: I read a preview for Hardcore in a copy of Image’s Pilot Season back in 2012 and thought the premise was cool. That was right around the peak of Walking Dead hysteria, so I’m assuming Kirkman was just too busy at the time to develop it properly. Nice to see another creative team getting a crack at it.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Catwoman #6

Publisher: DC
Words and Art:
Joelle Jones
Cover Art: Stanley Artgerm Lau

What it is: Selina’s forced into a seriously sinister Sopranos-style sit-down! While the cops continue to hunt her for a murder she didn’t commit, Catwoman’s forced to take a meeting with secretive crime boss Mrs. Creel. Here’s the pitch: work for us or die! Selina counters with some blackmail of her own, but the offer fails to blow away Creel and her meta-crew. That leads to a breakneck chase that drives Catwoman right into the crosshairs of the local authorities.

Why we like it: Artgerm continues his amazing run on Catwoman with this naughty 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 – September 12, 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. Pretty soft showing for new books out tomorrow. Had to dig deep to put together this week’s list.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Red Hood and the Outlaws #26

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy

What it is: Jason Todd’s about to take this vigilante game to a whole new level. His partners, Bizarro and Artemis? Gone! His mentor, Batman? Out! His base of operations, Gotham City? Abandoned. Cast out and alone, Red Hood embarks on a bold, brutal new mission, with a new costume, new weapons and a new plan to punish evildoers across the DCU. Plus, Pete Woods (JUSTICE LEAGUE) joins writer Scott Lobdell as this new era begins!

Why we love it: This issue marks a new direction for Jason Todd, aka Red Hood. After getting has butt womped by Batman repeatedly and losing his crew, Jason is breaking out the solo act and he’s got a new outfit to go along with it.

The Mainstream One: Fantastic Four #2

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Sara Pichelli

What it is: WISH YOU WERE HERE! What have Reed, Sue and the kids been up to all this time? What adventures have they been on? What strange new friends have they found along the way? What deadly new enemies have they made? And what are Franklin and Valeria’s new codenames? All these questions will be answered… just in time for ENTIRE UNIVERSES TO DIE! The return of Marvel’s First Family keeps getting more and more intense! Don’t you dare miss a single moment of the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine! Rated T

Why we like it: Fantastic Four #1 was a total tease, as we never actually see Marvel’s first family re-united. Sounds like we’ll get the proper reunion in issue #2 out this week.

The Indie One: Mech Cadet Yu #12

Publisher: Boom
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Takeshi Miyazawa

What it is: Stanford and the other cadets will rely on all their training to try and save the world in the final issue of the critically acclaimed, fan-favorite series.

Why we like it: This has been a fun mecha story with a giant, iron heart. Sad to see it end. Will be picking this up in trade when volume 2 is released.

The #1 One:  Cemetery Beach #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Warren Ellis
Art: Jason Howard

What it is: From the creators of the acclaimed TREES graphic novels, which are currently being adapted for television, comes something completely different. A professional pathfinder, his only ally a disaffected young murderess, breaks out of a torture cell in pursuit of his worst extraction scenario ever: escaping on foot across a sprawling and secret off-world colony established a hundred years ago and filled with generations of lunatics. WARREN ELLIS & JASON HOWARD ignite a high-speed new action serial.

Why we like it: Trees was a thoughtful, well crafted, sci fi series that I pulled for around 12 issues. I know that this is a strong creative team  that works well together, so I’m definitely going to check out their latest offering.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Catwoman #3

Publisher: DC
Words and Art: Joelle Jones
Cover Art: Stanley Artgerm Lau

What it is: The secret shot-caller who’s been borrowing Catwoman’s M.O. for a series of crimes steps out of the shadows in this issue, and her ‘secret origin’ is unlike anything Selina’s run into before! Meanwhile, the police close in on Catwoman as well, as they believe she killed a cop during one of the crimes she’s been framed for. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Catwoman’s running out of her nine lives fast!

Why we like it: Baby got back

 

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!