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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 – October 11, 2017

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: Dark Nights Metal #3

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo

What it is: Superman is pulled into the mystery of the Dark Multiverse while the Justice League follows the trail to a weapon that could keep the forces of the Dark Multiverse at bay!

Why we love it: I had thought that Snyder had lost some of his bat-mojo after a lackluster ending to his New 52 run and a pedestrian All-Star Batman series. Guess he was just channeling it all into Metal because this series has been balls-to-the-wall awesome. Even the tie-ins have been fun reads. Damn event books, I wish I knew how to quit you.

The Mainstream One: Weapon X #9

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Marc Borstel

What it is: ‘THE SEARCH FOR WEAPON H’ CONTINUES! Old Man Logan and the gang are still one step behind Weapon X in finding this new Hulk/Wolverine-like creature. The only person who can point them in the right direction? Reverend Stryker! Rated T+

Why we like it: Looks like Weapon H is officially here to stay. During a panel at New York Comic Con, Marvel editor Nick Lowe seemed to confirm that the company’s latest mashup sensation is getting his own solo series in the near future. Until then, fans of the Hulk/Wolvie hybrid will have to check out Weapon X to get their Weapon H fix.

The Indie One: Mech Cadet Yu #3

Publisher: Boom!
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Takeshi Miyazawa

What it is: The cadets are undergoing their most intense training yet, when Park’s mech starts to malfunction with dangerous consequences.

Why we like it: Part Gundam, part Iron Giant, Mech Cadet Yu takes the bombast of the mecha genre and gives it a heart. Yes, Mech Cadet Yu is about giant, fighting robots but it’s mostly about the people piloting them and writer Greg Pak has created some great characters to root for. Miyazawa’s artwork is fantastic as well, a beautiful East meets West style that shows its manga roots while feeling fresh and modern.


The #1 One: Ragman #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Ray Fawkes
Art: Inaki Miranda

What it is: After a failed mission to raid a tomb in the Israeli Desert, war veteran Rory Harper is plagued by the death of his partners. As Rory battles his guilt back in Gotham City, he discovers that what was in that tomb has followed him home, and it’s about to change his life. But as Rory begins his journey, an evil is invading Gotham City, and it wants what he’s discovered. A hero is born in this visionary reimagining of the Ragman mythos by writer Ray Fawkes and artist Inaki Miranda! RATED T

Why we like it: Ragman was the creation of Joe Kubert and Robert Kanhigher in the late 70’s. The character never gained too much popularity despite having a cool moniker and costume design. Part of it was due to a convoluted origin story and bizarre powers which were constantly being reimagined. Still, the concept of a Ragman is undeniably interesting and I’m hoping that DC can finally utilize him successfully as a super-natural, mystic warrior in the vein of Moon Knight.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: X-Men Blue #13

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Cullen Bunn
Art: Jorge Molina
Cover Art: Art Adams

What it is: MOJO WORLDWIDE Part 2 The X-Men may have bitten off more than they can chew when the Mojoverse continues its bizarre invasion of MANHATTAN! JEAN GREY and her team fight side by side with KITTY PRYDE and her team but can MOJO be defeated when he’s got the X-Men’s greatest hits weaponized against them? Or will an unlikely alley come to the rescue? PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and art by Mark Bagley! Rated T+

Why we like it: This Art Adams cover featuring the Dark Phoenix is a must buy for me.


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