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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 2/15/2017

Happy Valentines Day comic book lovers and welcome to an extra-romantic episode of The Crank File, the only place on the net that isn’t worried about being single on Valentines Day because we all die alone in the end. Here’s what I’m reading this week:

 

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The Top of the Pile: Batman #17

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: David Finch

What it is: ‘I Am Bane’ part two! Barricading himself within the walls of Arkham Asylum still might not keep Batman and his allies safe from Bane’s assault. Which one of Bruce’s loved ones will be torn from him next?

Why we love it: Issue #16 kicked off the “I am Bane” arc, and started so innocently. The Bat family was gathered for a meal at a Batman themed hamburger shop and hilarity ensued, like Dick Grayson ordering a Happy Meal for Damien and Bruce eating his burger with a fork and knife. But by the final page I was left slack-jawed, gasping in horror. I can’t wait to see how last issue’s cliff hanger plays out this week. Issue #17 won’t even make it on the pile, I plan on reading it off the rack.

 

 

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The Mainstream One: Clone Conspiracy #5

Publisher: DC
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Jim Cheung

What it is: THE SPIDER-EVENT OF THE YEAR CONCLUDES! The Jackal takes drastic measures that Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen and Scarlet Spider could never see coming. Jackal’s coup de grace not only sets a host of resurrected villains loose on the unsuspecting streets of San Francisco, but threatens the lives of everyone on Earth! After months of waiting, heartache and incredible surprises, THIS is the issue Spider-fans around the world will be talking about for years to come!

Why we like it: Before Clone Conspiracy launched, Dan Slott publicly lobbied stores to up their orders for the series, hinting that it would be of great importance and would have long term ramifications for Spidey. The event has been pretty entertaining thus far and I’m loving the Del Otto cover art, but nothing terribly groundbreaking has happened yet. So I’m guessing we’ll see it in this issue. Will this be the return of Ben Parker to the realm of the living? I sure hope not.

 

 

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The Indie One: God Country #2

Publisher: Image
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Geoff Shaw

What it is: As Emmett Quinlan attempts to rebuild his family and his home after the devastating tornado that broke them, something otherworldly screams through the sky under a banner of WAR. The GODS have come to Texas– and they do not intend to leave it empty handed.

Why we like it: #1’s are introduction issues, and boy did God Country make a hell of an entrance in theirs. Dark, emotional and undeniably bad-ass, the first issue sold out almost immediately and quickly went back for a second printing. A southern fried, fantasy adventure, there’s a lot of interest in how God Country will unfold and with good reason. High expectations here for issue #2.

 

 

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The #1 One: Super Sons #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Jorge Jimenez

What it is: ‘When I grow up’ part one! The sons of Batman and Superman have graduated to their own monthly comic-but if they want to survive, they’re going to have to share it! Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN, SUPERMAN) teams with rising-star artist Jorge Jimenez (EARTH 2) to bring you the adventures of the World’s Smallest. This debut issue looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys’ own understanding of their powers-except that he believes it’s his right to rule over every being on the planet!

Why we like it: John Kent and Damian Wayne join forces in this much anticipated on-going series. Fans, myself included, have been impatiently waiting for this title since the two sons first met in Superman Rebirth #10. Super Sons has a ton of potential and should appeal to a wide audience of readers. Mix in the first appearance of a new villain and Super Sons #1 has all the ingredients for a classic.

 

 

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The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Ultimates 2 #4 (Jusko corner box variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Travel Foreman
Cover Art: Joe Jusko

What it is: Philip Vogt knows the truth. The Ultimates have reformed — and they’re working for Galactus. That means trouble. It’s time to send in the Troubleshooters! Meanwhile, on the fringes of possibility, Galactus confronts a terrifying new entity, LOGOS!

Why we like it: I’ve been grabbing all of the corner box variants that I can find at my local shop, but I’m going out of my way to secure a copy of this one. Absolutely gorgeous.

 

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 1/18/2017

Hello comic book likers and welcome to another episode of The Crank File, the only place on the web that judges a comic not by the logo on its cover, but by the content of its pages.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

 

 

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The Top of the Pile: Batman #15

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads

What it is: ‘STREETS AND SWAMPS’! Swamp Thing comes to Gotham City with a mysterious request for Batman-but these longtime allies will have to make up for lost time and work together in order to confront a growing threat that only they can stop!

Why we love it: Some weeks it’s a battle for the top of the pile. This was not one of those weeks. My favorite and second favorite DC characters teaming up for an adventure scripted by my favorite up and coming writer. Too easy.

 

 

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The Mainstream One: Gamora #2 (Mattina variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Nicole Perlman
Art: Marco Checchetto

What it is: OUT OF TIME AND OUT FOR REVENGE! The story continues as we follow GAMORA to the doomed planet that is UBLIEX. Perched on the brink of a black hole, its inhabitants count down the hours to their planet’s imminent demise as it is swallowed up by the approaching Singularity. Will Gamora find her revenge among the inhabitants of Ubliex before the black hole consumes them all? Or will the citizens of this world – including a doomsday cult, junkie bounty hunters and a young woman with a tremendous destiny – stop her first?

Why we like it: The story digs into Gamora’s past, when she was still Thanos’ daughter and consumed by revenge for the annihilation of her race. Gamora’s on the hunt for her enemy’s last remaining survivor, an innocent baby girl. While the redemption angle isn’t groundbreaking, I was impressed by Chachetto’s gorgeous interiors and Nicole Perlman’s depiction of Gamora’s internal conflict. The Mattina variant is a killer and reminds me of McFarlane’s iconic Hulk #340 cover.

 

 

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The Indie One: Descender #18

Publisher: Image
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Dustin Nguyen

What it is: ‘ORBITAL MECHANICS,’ Part Two The cyborg cult known as The Between are hit by a Gnishian attack fleet with only Andy, Driller and Tullis standing between them. Will Andy’s love for Queen Between be enough to save them? One of Decsender’s cast members makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Why we like it: I had been trade waiting Descender for a few arcs, but I flipped through the last issue and decided this book was just too good to continue waiting on. Between his work at Marvel and his indie projects (don’t miss out on Black Hammer annual #1 either, also out this week from Dark Horse) Lemire is completely on top of his game.

 

 

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The #1 One: Curse Words #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Ryan Browne

What it is: ‘THE DEVIL’S DEVIL,’ Part One. A wizard has appeared in New York City, and he’s casting wonderful spells, getting famous, getting rich-it’s great! But it’s not. This wizard has everyone fooled. He is actually an EVIL WIZARD, and EVIL THINGS are on the way. CURSE WORDS is a gonzo modern fantasy, full of darkness, light…and MAGIC.

Why we like it: I heard this one called Lord of the Rings meets Breaking bad, which probably means it’s not as good as either. Slow week for #1’s. But the synopsis sounds interesting enough, so I’ll at least give it a flip through before making an executive decision at the stand.

 

 

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The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Clone Conspiracy #4

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Jim Cheung
Cover Art: Gabrielle Dell’Otto

What it is: The darkest Spider-Man story ever gets EVEN DARKER! Doctor Octopus and the Lizard have both been on a tight leash, but decide it’s time to stop playing nice!

Why we like it: Damn Dell’Otto. Dell’otta be hanging in a gallery.

 

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 10/12/2016

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File, the only place on the web that’s gonna crank ten thousand files, and then crank ten thousand more. I started watching Luke Cage on Netflix and sweet Christmas is it good. I’m only four episodes in and already sucked into its gritty, urban world of turf wars, political maneuvers, amazing live musical performances and good old-fashioned beat downs. Dig it!

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

 

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The Top of the Pile: Darth Vader #25 (Christopher action figure variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Kieron Gillen
Art: Salvador Larroca

What it is: It has all built up to this! Vader’s trials against Cylo’s creations! His machinations against the Emperor! His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids! All comes to fruition in an oversized 40-page issue by the stellar team of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca! You won’t want to miss this ending!

Why we love it: I love that Aphra is getting the action figure treatment for the final issue of Gillen and Larocca’s exceptional Darth Vader solo series, it is well deserved.  This series introduced a number of memorable, new characters into the Star Wars universe including the lovable murder bots BT-1 and 0-0-0. But the unquestionable star of the series has been the complex Dr. Aphra. We never hear about her character in episodes IV – VI, and I’m seriously worried that she’s not going to survive the series.

 

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The Mainstream one: Clone Conspiracy #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Jim Cheung

What it is: “DEAD NO MORE”: The Jackal is back and has conquered death. The Amazing Spider-Man is outmatched by his classic enemy’s army. Does the wall-crawler stand a chance? SHOULD he stand in The Jackal’s way if he’s found the key to eternal life?

Why we like it: Long time Spider-scribe Dan Slott has been hyping this book hard, promising to make some major changes to the Peter Parker status quo. There are rumors that a major character or characters are coming back from the dead, and the series has one of the hottest artists in Gabriele Dell’Otto doing covers.

 

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The Indie One: Reborn #1 (Jock variant)

Publisher: Image
Words: Mark Millar
Art: Greg Capullo

What it is: Where do you go when you die? Not heaven or hell; somewhere else. Somewhere you have to fight to survive. Somewhere the people from the past are waiting for you-the good and the bad.

Why we like it: Two comic book titans joining forces to create one of the most highly anticipated Image titles of the year. This new Image #1 is being released with a bunch of variant covers done by high-profile artists John Cassaday, Jock, Frank Cho and Todd McFarlane.

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The #1 One: Mosaic #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Geoffrey Thorne
Art: Khary Randolph

What it is: Professional basketball player and world renowned celebrity, Morris Sackett, gains extraordinary abilities, at the grave cost of his own mortal body. Imbued with the ability to jump from person to person like a ghost, he controls the bodies and memories of those he inhabits. With his own body destroyed, the one-time superstar athlete must rely on others to survive. The saga of the newest Marvel Inhuman Mosaic begins here!

Why we like it: Marvel continues to diversify its roster with a new, black super hero. I read a preview which further explained the nature of Mosaic’s powers and I think that there is a ton of potential with this character. The guy literally has no body of his own and has to always be occupying a host body, which if you think about is both awesome and absolutely terrifying.

 

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The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Detective Comics #942

Publisher: DC
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Andy MacDonald
Cover art: Rafael Albuquerque

What it is: ‘NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN’ part six! The earth-shaking finale is here! Batman’s going one-on-one with Hugo Strange, the mastermind behind the beasts unleashed on Gotham?but the biggest and most dangerous of all the monsters was saved for last! What will the Bat-Family have to sacrifice to bring it down? And what’s the strange secret behind Hugo’s design?

Why we like it: So technically I’m buying this issue for the conclusion to the Night of the Monster Men crossover, which I have been loving, but this Albuquerque variant cover is too dynamic to not spotlight.

 

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