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: Invincible Iron Man #600
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
What it is: BRIAN BENDIS ENDS HIS MARVEL TENURE WITH THIS VERY SPECIAL OVERSIZED ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! Tony Stark is back, but in what form? At least five huge surprises await new and old fans alike. Industry legend Brian Michael Bendis drops his final Marvel Comic to end an era, and he’s going out big! This super-sized anniversary extravaganza features artistic contributions from a bevy of Bendis’ collaborators from over the years, including Jim Cheung, David Marquez, Mike Deodato Jr., Mark Bagley, Leinil Francis Yu, Daniel Acuña and a few other surprises! All this and a huge new villain arises! And the futures of Tony, Riri Williams and Victor Von Doom are all revealed!
Why we love it: Bendis’ last issue before he moves on for the bluer pastures at DC. I read that Tony is going to try to bring Rhodey back from the dead. This is sure to end well.
The Mainstream One: Champions #20
Words: Jim Zub
Art: Sean Izaaksi
What it is: What good is conquering a world if it’s already destroyed by the time you take over? The Master is determined to save Earth from itself and the Champions are going to help him do it… Plus, a new hero from an unexpected source – Who is Snowguard?
Why we like it: New character alert, Amka Aliyak aka Snowguard. She’s a teenaged Inuk whose powers seem similar to DC’s Beast Boy. She can shapeshift and take on animal traits. Champions has a smaller print run which could make this a harder to find first appearance down the road, if the character sticks around. What is up with Hulk’s face? He looks like friggin Mr. Yunioshi.
The Indie One: Black Hammer: Age of Doom #2
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Dan Ormston
What it is: The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns! As new Black Hammer Lucy Weber fights her way out of this gritty new dimension, she finds herself caught in Hell itself and up against trickster demons, Satan, and a bizarre emo god.
Why we like it: Jeff Lemire keeps hammering out the hits. Age of Doom is delivering the same sense of mystery and dread that made the first volume of Black Hammer so enjoyable.
The #1 One: Black Panther #1
Words: Taneshi Coates
Art: Daniel Acuna
What it is: A NEW DIRECTION FROM TA-NEHISI COATES & DANIEL ACUñA! A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed… Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! Ta-Nehisi Coates welcomes aboard fan-favorite artist Daniel Acuña for a Black Panther story unlike any other!
Why we like it: Black Panther in spaaaaaace! Just look at that 1:25 In-Hyuk Lee variant cover! How are we gonna top that?
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Batgirl #23
Words: Hope Larson
Art: Minkyu Jung
Cover Art: Josh Middleton
What it is: ‘STRANGE LOOP’ finale! Trapped in a prison of her own mind’s making, Batgirl must act out of character in order to reenter reality. Can she put her need to survive above the needs of those she’s sworn to protect? Or is she doomed to wander the mazes of her mind for all of eternity?!
Why we like it: This is going to be a semi-virgin cover and will look drop dead gorgeous. Congrats Josh Middleton, you’ve created a classic!
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!