Welcome back to another installment of the Crank File, where the cranks are made up but the problems are real.
Short post this week as I’m preparing for a business trip that will take me halfway across the world for the next week. So I just have two words for you: hold door.
Here’s what I’m reading this week.
The Top of the Pile: DC Universe Rebirth #1
What it is: It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! THEY SAID IT: ‘Rebirth is about focusing in on the core of the character and their respective universe,’ says writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. ‘It brings back what has been lost, the legacy of the characters, the love and the hope of the DCU!’
Why we love it: It’s DC Rebirth week and the internet is already swirling with rumors and leaks. Who will die? Who will make their first appearance? What secrets will be revealed? Fortunately many of us won’t have to wait until Wednesday to find out the answers, as some local comic shops are holding midnight release parties on Tuesday to mark the occasion.
The Mainstream one: Justice League #50 / Superman #52
Words: Geoff Johns / Peter Tomasi
Art: Jason Fabok / Mikel Janin
What it is: The epic conclusion to the Darkseid War saga, and the final issue of the New 52 Superman.
Why we like it: It’s all DC this week and I couldn’t choose between these two because both issues will reveal major events in the DC universe. Potential spoilers ahead. It has been hinted that Superman #52 will be the death of the New 52 Superman and Justice League #50 will reveal the Joker’s true identity.
The Indie One: Squarriors: Summertime #1
Publisher: Devil’s Due
Words: Ash Maczko
Art: Ashley Witter
What it is: Next from the break-out hit series Squarriors: The saga of warring rodents in a post-human world continues with Squarriors: Summer. There’s little time to nurse wounds as the Tin Kin’s struggle against the Maw and Amoni intensifies. The conflict of woodland creatures boils under the scorching Summer Sun. And the tribes find themselves on the brink of war and the edge of annihilation.
Why we like it: Squarriors volume 1 was a fantastic read and I’ve been looking forward to volume two of this epic fantasy tale. The elevator pitch for this series is Wind in the Willows meets Game of Thrones. Ashley Witter’s gorgeous painted artwork is worth the price of admission alone.
The #1 One: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1
Words: Troy Little
Art: Troy Little
What it is: Troy Little’s gonzo adaptation of Hunter Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas is now available in an all-new format. This comic book version is presented in black-and-white and at a slightly larger size than the full-color hardcover edition. Each issue also includes pages from Little’s sketchbook and other behind-the-scenes information. ‘[Little’s] talents make him perfectly comfortable with the elastic expressions required to recreate the exploits of Thompson and his companion, Dr. Gonzo, as they slingshot between mania, paranoia, rage, and despair… the graphic-novel aspect adds layers to Thompson’s prose.’
Why we like it: The Terry Gilliam movie was something of a revelation for me. While I was originally drawn to it for the promise of zany, drug-fueled misadventures, what actually resonated with me deeply was the retrospective of the 60’s generation and its lasting effects on American culture.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Mockingbird #3
Words: Chelsea Cain
Art: Kate Niemczyk
Cover art: Joelle Jones
What it is: Bobbi suits up as Mockingbird to save an adolescent girl driven bonkers by her new powers. Later, a rakish Englishman asks Bobbi to dogsit.
Why we like it: Joelle Jones is an immensely talented artist and has already done a couple of fantastic covers for Mockingbird. This one’s on a whole different level though.
That’s all I got. Until next time, carpe comics!