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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 29, 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. It’s the dreaded fifth Wednesday of the month. You know the drill, annuals, one shots, quality time with the family. Horrifying. But fear not because I dug deep to find you something good to read.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Hunt for Wolverine: Dead Ends #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Charles Shoule
Art: Ramon Rosana

What it is: THE HUNT IS OVER. The hunt for Wolverine is over… Now the time has come to put the pieces together and see what was learned. Kitty Pryde, Daredevil, Tony Stark and Sabretooth may have found what they were looking for…but it wasn’t what they expected. Where has Wolverine been? What has he been doing? And how does it lead into next month’s WOLVERINE #1? Parental Advisory

Why we love it: Dead Ends #1 is actually the last issue in the five-issue ‘Hunt for Wolverine’ mini (they were ridiculously all #1’s), leading into Return of Wolverine #1 (of 5), the final chapter of writer Charles Shoule’s  Death of Wolverine trilogy. Ol’ Canucklehead’s coming home. And I hear he’s got heat claws now? Can’t wait to hear this one. Killer Marco Checchetto cover.

The Mainstream One: Web of Venom Ve Nam #1 (1-shot)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Juanan Ramirez

What it is: SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF VENOM! As the United States of America struggled through the Vietnam War, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. needed a secret weapon – and when an ancient creature was discovered at an archaeological dig site, he was sure he’d found it. In reality, the discovery was an ancestor of the Klyntar symbiotes…and would become a waking nightmare for a platoon of American soldiers! Rated T+

Why we like it: Donny Cates’ run on Venom is a glorious piece of horror and off to an excellent start. This one shot will almost certainly be a beautiful, dark nightmare as well. You probably don’t need to be all caught up with the main series to appreciate this symbiote one-off, set during the nightmare that was the Vietnam War.

The Indie One: Rick and Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons #1

Publisher: IDW
Words: Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub
Art: Troy Little

What it is: When Morty needs to learn how to play D&D to keep up with the cool kids, his hard-drinking, old school-gaming, mad science-making grandpa is happy to teach him how to roll the dice, but neither of them is prepared for the saving throws they’re about to fail or the true quest yet to come. Strap on a +1 longsword and grab your 10-foot pole, because this is going to be a gaming gauntlet like no other! The world’s greatest role-playing game. Reality’s most dysfunctional family. What could go wrong?

Why we like it: RnM vs DnD. Somebody at IDW was wearing their helm of intellect when they pitched this series. I expect this one will be popular with the kids. Hoping I can find the Morty character sheet variant soI can see how he rolled.

The #1 One: Venom First Host #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Mike Costa
Art: Mark Bagley

What it is: MIKE COSTA AND MARK BAGLEY REUNITE FOR A VENOM STORY UNLIKE ANY OTHER! Before the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN…before VENOM… There was the FIRST HOST. And that First Host has returned in need of Venom’s help – only by reuniting can the two avert cosmic ruin! Can Eddie and the symbiote trust one another long enough to save the galaxy, or will the FIRST HOST prove to be Venom’s undoing?! Rated T+

Why we like it: And yet another Venom title. It must almost be movie time. This limited series explores the history of the Klyntar symbiote prior to Secret Wars and it’s first host. That’s right, before Eddie Brock and before Peter Parker, there was another.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Joker Daffy Duck Special #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Lobdell
Art: Norm Rapmund
Cover Art: Sanford Greene

What it is: When Daffy Duck pays a call to the Acme corporate headquarters in Gotham City, he finds the company long gone and their abandoned building now occupied by The Joker. With a hit in progress, Daffy tries to sneak away, only to find himself in the clutches of the Clown Prince of Crime. But Joker decides that there’s some potential in this manic bird and forces Daffy to join his gang. Will he find a way to escape…or will he become The Joker’s new right-hand duck?

Why we like it: A joker walks into a house with a duck under his arm…

 

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 – April 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: Avengers #690

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Mark Waid
Art: Paco Medina

What it is: THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONCLUDES! ‘NO SURRENDER’ REACHES ITS FINALE! The battle is over, and those left standing in the rubble have to find a way to move forward. As an era of the Avengers comes to a close, what will rise to take its place?

Why we love it: No Surrender will be better known as the No Delays event. The story was more entertaining than expected and the weekly release schedule really helped keep my interest. It turned out to be a satisfying read with lots of twists and surprises and a few new characters added along the way. I’d totally be on board for another weekly Avengers series, under the condition that cover price for each issue holds at $2.99.

The Mainstream One: The Mighty Thor #706

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jason Aaron
Art: Russell Dauterman

What it is: AT THE GATES OF VALHALLA! THE DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR finale The battle against the Mangog is finished. And the losses have been profound. So what – if anything – remains of the story of Jane Foster, Goddess of Thunder? And where do the other gods possibly go from here?

Why we like it: I will admit to getting choked up a few times leading up to her death in issue #705 and I desperately need closure. Rest easy Jane, you were certainly worthy.

The Indie One: Savage Dragon #233

Publisher: Image
Words and Art: Erik Larsen

What it is: ‘CHASING THE DRAGONS’: The reality show starring Malcolm Dragon’s ever-growing family debuts, and impending doom is just around the corner! Another outstanding achievement from award-winning writer/artist ERIK LARSEN.

Why we like it: Pretty skimpy week for indies. Saga is out this week but I promised I’d stop talking about Saga every week (promise broken). Savage Dragon gets the nod for one of the raunchiest covers I’ve seen in a long time.

The #1 One: Hunt for Wolverine #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Charles Soule
Art: David Marquez

What it is: The RETURN OF WOLVERINE begins here, providing the first piece of a mystery that will leave no corner of the Marvel Universe untouched. Just as the X-Men have finally come to terms with Logan’s death, they learn a terrible secret. Old wounds will be re-opened, truths questioned, and an epic quest begun. The earliest clues to the mystery of Wolverine’s return are laid down here… who will solve it first?

Why we like it: Wolvie’s my favorite Marvel character so this series has been on my radar for a while now. Now that he’s returning my big question is, what happens to Old Man Logan?

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Star Wars Darth Vader #15

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover Art: Elia Bonetti

What it is: Darth Vader continues his mission to bring Mon Cala to heel! As the Emperor grip tightens on the galaxy, no tolerance for rebellion can be afforded… especially not when being fomented by a surviving Jedi. Vader goes in for some wet work in this brutal story!

Why we like it: This cover is badass. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.

 

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