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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 22, 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: Venom #5

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Ryan Stegman

What it is: An ancient Klyntar has awakened on Earth, and with it, something has stirred in Eddie Brock’s symbiote. And while Venom would never do anything to hurt Eddie or an innocent person, the ancient symbiote has no such qualms… Rated T+

The Mainstream One: Black Panther #3

Publisher:  Marvel
Words: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art: Daniel Acuna

What it is: THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA CONTINUES! The rebels make their move! On the verge of liberating the Nameless, T’Challa, M’Baku and Nakia hunt for mysterious artifact that promises to turn the tide. What is the M’Kraan Shard? And will T’Challa find its acquisition worth the cost? Rated T

The Indie One: Black Hammer: Age of Doom #4

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Dean Ormston

What it is: The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns with lots of revelations! All is revealed when Lucy makes her way back to the farm from Dreamland, confronting the mastermind of their current situation. The revelations here will alter the fate of the Black Hammer family forever!

The #1 One: Punisher #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Riccardo Buchielli

What it is: YOU CAN TAKE THE PUNISHER OUT OF THE WAR MACHINE… Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he retained his newly acquired taste for big game, and he’s hungry for more. However, the paths to such perilous pursuits are fraught with dangers bigger than any Frank has faced before, and this lone wolf could use otherworldly help on his way up to the world stage. MATTHEW ROSENBERG continues pushing the boundaries of the Punisher, and now joined by acclaimed artist RICCARDO BURCHIELLI (DMZ, Northlanders), this is the book Punisher fans will be talking about for years to come! Parental Advisory

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Detective Comics #987 

Publisher: DC
Words: Bryan Hill
Art: Miguel Mendonca
Cover Art: Mark Brooks

What it is: Then, the pulse-pounding ‘On the Outside’ storyline hurtles toward its cataclysmic conclusion! Batman has tasked Katana, Black Lightning, the Signal and Orphan (a.k.a. Cassandra Cain) with stopping a rogue operator using alien technology that can crack into any mind on Earth! What does this case have to do with the Brainiac Files seen in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1? And how does Amanda Waller factor in? Guess you’re ‘outside’ of Batman’s circle of trust… for now.

 

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

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Great Stories Comic Shop Talk June 2018

Hey Guys…after a bit of a prolonged absence due to our team getting our production quality up to speed to give you a better experience with our videos, we have returned and hopefully now every month without fail!

In this month’s episode, we talk Dan Slott’s swan song Amazing Spider-Man #800, Chris indulges himself in discussing the recent Punisher run with War Machine armor, a couple of Wayne’s regular reads in Weapon H and the new Lando Calrissian comic series, Brian Bendis’ Man of Steel, and Ken makes mention of a couple of Indies on his radar!

 

We’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment on our video and contact us with anything you would like for us to discuss in future videos!

 

-The Great Stories Team

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Comic Shop Talk: December 2017

Comic Shop Talk is a video blog dedicated to Comics, and pop culture talk including movies, television, books, and more.  Ken Lee is the author of our long-running comic blog The Crank File, Rob Goyer is our Cards and Counters game blog author, Tylor Hamel appears in many in-store livestreams and works at Great Stories Comics & Gaming, Wayne Demers is author of our very own The Dope Sheet movie blog, and Chris Mills is the owner of Great Stories. 

Greetings everyone, and welcome to another installment of Comic Shop Talk.

Our first video (Starring Ken, Rob, Wayne, and Chris) covers all things comics starting with DC, before getting into Marvel, and ending with a couple of Indie suggestions.  Check out the timestamps below.

0:00-13:05:  DC talk including Doomsday Clock, Dark Knights Metal, Batman: White Knight, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

13:06-34:48:  Marvel talk including many Legacy titles including Jean Grey, Doctor Strange, Punisher, Moon Knight, Astonishing X-Men, Spirits of Vengeance, and Monsters Unleashed. We also give some commentary on Marvel’s lenticular covers.

34:49-41:15:  Star Wars in Comics including talk about the Mace Windu limited series and the Darth Vader.

41:16-42:52:  A couple of quick Indie selections including Spawn and G. I. Joe for the prospectors.

Our second video covers our Pop Culture Talk, as Tylor joins the discussion!

0:00-14:00: We talk about The Punisher on Netflix.

14:01-16:24:  The immediate future of Marvel/Netflix cooperation and releases.

16:25-24:50:  We then delve into Thor:Ragnarok.

24:51-36:00:  We talk the Justice League movie.

36:01-43:30:  We talk a bit about the approach of DC and Marvel to their cinematic universes.

43:31-47:35:  We talk Marvel’s Inhumans (Disaster…Marvel is human!).

47:36-49:50:  A little talk about Agents of SHIELD.

49:51-51:20: We preview a bit of Hulu’s Runaways series.

51:21-1:01:47: We discuss some 2018 projects that are anticipated for both TV and film.

 

Write in to us with any suggestions you have for comic and pop culture topics for our next video!  You can reach us at [email protected]!  Thanks for watching!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading this Week 5/4/2016

Welcome ladies and gents, to another episode of the Crank File, where we strive to make America crank again. Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, a day when everybody is a little nerdish. Who doesn’t love free stuff? There will be a whole bunch of goodies to be got this weekend, but while you’re getting your grab on, try not to be the greedy idiot who ruins it for everyone else. FCBD etiquette is 5 free comics per person on Saturday. But if it’s still at your local comic shop a week from now, then it’s fare game. Have a safe and super Free Comic Book Day everyone. We really need to come up with a catchier name for this holiday.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

 

The Top of the Pile: Sheriff of Babylon #6

 

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Publisher: Vertigo
Words: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads

What it is: It’s always hard to know for sure who is winning in a war, but for Christopher and his allies, they sure don’t see a clear victory coming anytime soon. While Chris and Sofia try to deal with a personal tragedy falling out from the attack on her convoy, Nassir’s enemies make another move on him and his wife-and this time the couple won’t get away so easily. This all began with two dead bodies, but it’s anyone’s guess how many more there will be before everything is finished.

Why we love it: It’s an intimate human drama set in the aftermath of the Iraq War, where the war was won but the battles never stopped. Author slash ex-CIA agent Tom King is making quite a name for himself as a comic book writer. His current run on Vision has been, in my opinion, the best series in the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe. He’s writing Batman for DC post-Rebirth. Sheriff of Babylon is just more evidence that he is in fact the real mutha-flippin deal.  Originally slated as a 6-issue mini, S.o.B. has already been extended to 12 and for good reason. It’s one of the best independent books on the stands these days.

 

The Mainstream One: Moon Knight #2 (Tedesco variant)

 

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Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Greg Smallwood

What it is: THE ONLY WAY OUT IS DOWN! Marc Spector is in an asylum full of faces: haughty doctor, hostile orderlies, vacant-eyed patients. Or maybe those faces are actually just masks? If some of those masks hide friends, others may hide enemies, or worse, GODS and MONSTERS. The moon is out, the mask is on: it’s time to escape-will Marc find a city full of sand, or something truly horrifying?

Why we like it: I had high hopes for Moon Knight when I found out that Lemire was writing it. I’m happy to report that issue #1 absolutely demolished all my expectations. It was an awesome, reality bending tale that shattered the thin line separating brilliance and insanity. Dark, violent and a bucket full of crazy. Check this series out if you’re a fan of Lemire, or a fan of Moon Knight or if you just enjoy reading good comics. Either way, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

The Indie One: Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises

 

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Publisher: Darby Pop
Words: Jeff Kline
Art: Brandon McKinney

What it is: Alive and… well… alive in North Hollywood. Bruce Lee remains both a fish out of water – and a man on the run. As Bruce and Joe try to unravel the mystery of Bruce’s previous imprisonment, villainous alliances shift, and the stakes only rise. Of course, there’s also the small matter of Jax and Wren and their missing father. Is there a connection? Is Bruce still wearing Joe’s boxers, circa 1973?

Why we like it: While it was definitely geared towards a younger audience, I found enough to like from Dragon Rises issue #1 to pick up another issue. I was pleasantly surprised by how solid the first issue was. There was loads of Kung Fu action, engaging characters, hilarious man-out-of-time moments and just enough mystery to keep me hooked. Bonus points for the sweet cover art.

 

The #1: The Punisher #1 (Maleev variant)

 

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Publisher: Marvel
Words: Becky Cloonan
Art: Steve Dillon

What it is: FRANK CASTLE LOSES CONTROL! A by-the-numbers drug bust is about to take Frank Castle by surprise,and he HATES surprises. The horrible fallout threatens to send The Punisher into the heart of darkness, but Castle won’t make that journey alone: A DEA agent is on his trail and attempting to get into his head, but what horrors will she find there, and will she survive the experience? Parental Advisory

Why we like it: If you watched Jon Bernthal’s performance as Fank Castle on Netflix’s DareDevil show, you knew it was only a matter of time before he got his own spin-off. Last week the news was confirmed and Marvel’s looking to capitalize on increased interest in the Punisher by assembling an all-star creative team for his new solo series. That Maleev variant is baaaaaad ass, will definitely be tracking down this cover.

 

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Scarlet Witch #6

 

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Publisher: Marvel
Words: James Robinson
Art: Javier Pulido
Cover Art: David Aja

What it is: PARIS, JE T’AIME Wanda’s next magical mystery takes her to the streets of Paris, France! There she teams up with broken-hearted hero LE PEREGRINE, who has lost his ability to fly. In order to make him whole again, the SCARLET WITCH will have to risk life and limb visit ghosts of the past…

Why we like it: M.C. Escher that’s my favorite M.C. David Aja’s cover work on Scarlet Witch has been so good that he’s already taken this spot twice during the first 6 issues of the series. I’ve picked up enough issues just for the cover art alone that I’ve found out that Robison’s story is actually pretty darn good as well.

 

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