Greetings comic fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File, the only place on the web that is the danger that cranks on the door. Is it obvious that I’m re-watching Breaking Bad? It had been a while since I watched it in its entirety, I almost forgot how amazing the series is. Someone should make a comic book based off it.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Moon Knight #5
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Gregg Smallwood
What it is: PYRAMID SCHEMES! Marc Spector comes face to face with Moon Knight?! Who is under the mask? Marc’s hunt for answers becomes a Run For His Live through half-remembered histories. Will he finally confront SETH – god of storms and instigator of New Egypt’s takeover of New York?
Why we love it: Lemire’s Moon Knight is a twisting tale of forgotten history and lost identity. What is the Moon Knight? Is he a crime fighter imbued with supernatural powers, or is he the demented hallucination of a sick man? Whatever his true nature, Moon Knight has been one of the shining stars in the post Secret Wars Marvel Universe.
The Mainstream one: Batman #4
Words: Tom King
Art: David Finch
What it is: ‘I Am Gotham’ part four. When Gotham City falls prey to true evil, will Batman be abandoned by the new heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl? The Dark Knight must decide who to entrust with the safety of his beloved city if he hopes for any of its citizens to survive.
Why we like it: Tom King’s Batman debut has been just ok so far. Nothing extraordinary (by Batman standards) has happened yet, but we’re only beginning to peel back the cover of this run. King’s Batman is getting a long leash from me, it took 3 issues for his Vision series to emerge as something exceptional.
The Indie One: The Walking Dead #157 (Adams connecting variant)
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Cover Art: Arthur Adams
What it is: ‘THE WHISPERER WAR,’ Part One The time has come. The forces are aligning. The war has begun! Has Rick brought about the demise of everything he’s built? Or will he triumph once again? Know this, there will be a cost.
Why we like it: Holy smokes, if you caught last month’s ending to Walking Dead #156 then you know that stuff is going down in this issue. To commemorate what will surely be a memorable WD story arc, the legendary Arthur Adams is doing a set of connecting variant covers for the Whisperer War.
The #1 One: Suicide Squad Rebirth #1
Words: Rob Williamson
Art: Phillip Tan
What it is: Soldier. War hero. Traitor. Captain Rick Flag was one of America’s greatest military commanders before he was banished to a secret military prison. But after years of isolation, Flag’s life changes forever when a woman called Amanda Waller offers him redemption in exchange for taking on the single most dangerous job in the entire DC Universe: keeping the Suicide Squad alive!
Why we like it: Wednesday is going to be all about one DC character, Harley Quinn. It’s almost as if she has a movie coming out or something. Not only is her Suicide Squad title getting Rebirthed, her solo series is also out with a brand new #1 issue, both which will be incredibly popular with her legions of fans. Eat your heart out Mr. J, there’s no stopping the clown princess of crime.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Civil War II King Pin #2 (Nguyen variant)
Words: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Cover art: Dustin Nguyen
What it is: Despite the heroes’ new future-seeing ally, the crime business is treating Wilson Fisk VERY well. So well, in fact, that his jealous competitors are MURDERING the Kingpin’s men. And to make matters worse, the linchpin of Fisk’s operation – an inhuman with the uncanny ability to stay incognito – is getting ill. Can the Kingpin find a way to keep his business afloat or is his time on top finally finished?
Why we like it: Matthew Rosenberg’s Marvel debut on King Pin #1 was a hell of a good read and had a great Esad Ribic variant cover. The follow up issue delivers another gorgeous variant cover by Dustin Nguyen, showing the stark images of the King Pin and the DareDevil looming large over Hell’s Kitchen. I can’t help but be reminded of the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!