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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – November 7, 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: The Green Lantern #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Grant Morrison
Art: Liam Sharp

What it is: Superstar writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman) returns to DC alongside red-hot artist Liam Sharp (The Brave AND the Bold, Wonder Woman) to launch a new, ongoing series: THE GREEN LANTERN! In this debut issue, when Earth’s space cop, Hal Jordan, encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the Green Lantern Corps-and quite possibly the Multiverse at large-to its very core. There’s an inter-galactic conspiracy afoot, as well as a traitor in the GL Corps’ ranks, so strap in for more mind-bending adventures in this masterpiece in the making.

Why we love it: The man, the myth, the legend Grant Morrison makes his triumphant return to DC comics. Widely regarded as one of the most creative and influential comic writers of our generation, Morrison is known for revitalizing high profile properties like the X-Men, Batman, JLA, and Superman, and now he has his sights set on a new sprawling, cosmic Green Lantern epic that should not be missed.  

The Mainstream One: Marvel Knights 20th #1 (of 6)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Travel Foreman

What it is: In celebration of the legendary imprint founded by Marvel’s CCO Joe Quesada, a new crop of talent stands poised to tell a groundbreaking story across the Marvel Universe! In the cemetery, the blind man does not know who he is, or why he has come to this particular grave at this moment. He doesn’t know the burly police officer with the wild story who has approached him. Or the strangely intense man who sits in the rear seat of the patrol car, his eyes flashing green. But all of that is about to change.

Why we like it: If Donny Cates is writing it then I’m going to give it a read. Marvel Knights seems like the perfect fit for him, where he can write stand-alone stories that are in continuity but don’t necessarily fit in with the current running arc in the main series.

The Indie One: Seven to Eternity #12

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opena

What it is: In order to save the Mud King, Adam must make a terrible choice.

Why we like it: Seems like Seven to Eternity is back on schedule, as issue #12 will be the third issue released in three months. I’m cautiously jumping back on board with this series, as it was one of my favorite reads before it started getting bogged down by release delays.

The #1 One: Outer Darkness #1

Publisher: Image
Words: John Layman
Art: Afu Chan

What it is: Sci-fi and horror collide in this new series from the co-creator of CHEW! Mankind has colonized the galaxy, but during our interstellar travels, we discovered a terrifying secret out in the Outer Darkness of space. Join Captain Joshua Rigg and the crew of the starship Charon as they encounter demonic possessions, hauntings, cosmic horror, and more! All-star writer JOHN LAYMAN (CHEW) and artist AFU CHAN (Immortal Iron Fists) are ready to let you know that outer space is terrifying.

Why we like it: I had picked up Leviathan a few months ago in anticipation of Chew writer, John Layman’s next big comic but it was admittedly a bit disappointing. Maybe it was too weird, or maybe it wasn’t weird enough, but for whatever reason it just didn’t click with me. I read the ashcan preview of Outer Darkness and liked what I saw, so I’m hopeful that this is the comic that I’ve been waiting for.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Immortal Hulk #8

Publisher: Marvel
Words:
Al Ewing
Art:
Joe Bennett
Cover Art: Alex Ross

What it is: Bruce Banner is dead. His corpse has been dissected, his organs catalogued, and his inner workings are being studied by the scientists of Shadow Base. Bruce Banner is no longer a threat. That just leaves the IMMORTAL HULK…

Why we like it: Ross’ covers on Immortal Hulk have been excellent on the whole, but this one really ratchets up the horror into 11th gear.

 

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 – August 1, 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: Mister Miracle #10 (of 12)

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads

What it is: Darkseid has put an offer on the table- something that can end the war between New Genesis and Apokolips once and for all. The stakes are high, but peace is important. Mister Miracle finds himself caught having to make a decision that won’t just change the new life he’s been building, but potentially the entirety of the universe.

Why we love it: Scott Free has to decide how much he is willing to sacrifice to stop the eternal war. Will he trade away his new born son to the enemy, to be raised in Apokolips as the one true heir to Darkseid, in exchange for a few decades of true peace?

The Mainstream One: Infinity Wars #1 (of 6)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Gerry Duggan
Art: Mike Deodato

What it is: As the Infinity Stones come to Earth, so too comes the war for control over them. But none who wield the stones know the truth about the power they contain…or what it would take to bring them to their END. The nature of the universe itself hangs in the balance as we learn the answer to the question on everyone’s lips since ‘Infinity Wars Prime’: WHO IS REQUIEM? Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY COUNTDOWN) and Mike Deodato Jr. (ORIGINAL SIN, OLD MAN LOGAN) look into the Infinite and bring the truth to light! Rated T+

Why we like it: My bet’s on Gamora being Requiem. I thought the prime issue was pretty cool and Marvel’s events have become far less intrusive without the jillion of tie-ins.

The Indie One: Seven to Eternity #10

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opena

What it is: ‘THE SPRINGS OF ZHAL,’ Part One-Adam Osidis and the Mud King travel the wastelands to the mythical Springs of Zhal, which promise a cure to Adam’s fatal disease-and the offer of the God of Whispers fulfilled. But when you deal with the devil, how soon before he lays claim to your soul?

Why we like it: Crazy that its been 2 years since this series launched and we’re only at issue 10. Opena is back on art so I’ll be back as well. Remender’s story is quality as usual, but it’s the artwork that really makes this comic sing. This title doesn’t come out often enough but it’s consistently great when it eventually does.

The #1 One: Leviathan #1 

Publisher: Image
Words: John Layman
Art: Nick Pitarra

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE! Poor Ryan DeLuca didn’t buy enough beer for his party, and while he was out on a beer run his idiot buddies busted out some mystical arcana and performed a summoning ceremony-a ceremony that summoned a giant monster from hell! Join multiple Eisner-winning writer JOHN LAYMAN (CHEW) and Eisner-nominated artist NICK PITARRA (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS), along with soon-to-be-nominated-for-best-colorist MICHAEL GARLAND (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS) for an eye-popping, face-melting, reality-defying, nonstop rush of pure adrenaline.

Why we like it: It’s also been almost two years since the hit series Chew ended and I’m pretty excited for a new John Layman story. The art looks pretty wild, it has a neo underground comix feel. And there’s a giant lizard monster. Count me in.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Captain America #2

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Cover Art: Alex Ross

What it is: WINTER IN AMERICA Continues! Distrusted by a nation that seems to have lost faith in him, Steve Rogers is a man out of time and out of options! Where can a now-unsanctioned Captain America turn for aid and assistance in order to stem the rise of the cabal of influence brokers known as the Power Elite? Rated T+

Why we like it: I feel like I ought to stand and remove my hat.

 

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 – 5/23/2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. I’d like to make a quick addendum to last week’s Crank File. Batman #23 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads was a team-up story with Swamp Thing called “The Brave and the Mold”. It was both a tribute to Bernie Wrightson and a love letter to Alan Moore, and it was one of the better comics that I’ve read this year. If you missed it last week, there are probably copies still available at your local comic shop.

Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff that I’m checking out this week. Here’s what I’m reading this week:

 

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The Top of the Pile: Seven to Eternity #6

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opena

What it is: There is a beautiful place where no one ever dies…

Why we love it: Rick R.R. Remender is currently writing several amazing independent comic series but this collaboration with Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth has really struck a chord with fans. Remender’s script is tight as expected, and StE echoes many of the same themes explored in other of Remender’s works, but what really makes this book standout is the artwork. Every panel, every setting, every character design explodes with insane amounts of detail and gorgeous colors.

 V150The Mainstream One: Venom #150 (Kubert variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Mike Costa
Art: Gerardo Sandoval

What it is: REUNITED, AND IT FEELS SO GOOD! Or, feels so bad? However it feels, Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote have been reunited, and they’re web-slinging their way around New York again. Featuring a host (hah!) of Venom creators from the character’s near 30-year history, this monstrous anniversary spectacular welcomes guest artist TRADD MOORE for an oversized and brutal main story AND a lethal story featuring fan-favorite creators David Michelinie and Ron Lim, reunited! With questions still lingering about how the symbiote was separated from Flash Thompson, and what lies in its future now that it’s reunited with Eddie Brock, this is one issue you can’t afford to miss! Rated T+

Why we like it: Eddie Brock is officially back as Venom. With all the people the symbiote has been attached to since they broke up, I hope Eddie hosed it off down before jumping back in or at least got himself checked out at a clinic. There’s a pretty sweet 1:100 incentive variant that I’m not buying, but it’s by a Kubert which means we get to play everybody’s favorite game, Name That Kubert. Can you name that Kubert? Highlight here to reveal the answer -> Adam. And that’s how we play Name that Kubert.

 

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The Indie One: Redneck #2

Publisher: Image
Words: Donny Cates 
Art: Lisandro Estherren

What it is: Death and destruction have come to Sulphur Springs! With the murder of one of their own, the vampiric Bowmans are ready to wage war on anyone in their path. But will Bartlett be able to get to the bottom of things before the whole town explodes? DONNY CATES and LISANDRO ESTHERREN bring you the next chapter in this blood-soaked, Southern-fried Gothic masterpiece!

Why we like it: Donny Cates has been quietly burning up the indie scene and he’s gaining a well-deserved following. The story involves southern vampires, which at a blush sounds very been-there-done-that, but the devil’s in the details and Redneck #1 was a wicked good read.

 iag1The #1 One: I Am Groot #1 (Fosgitt variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Christopher Hastings
Art: Flaviano

What it is: GROOT IN HIS OWN SERIES, SMALLER AND BETTER THAN EVER! When the Guardians of the Galaxy get caught in a wormhole, a smaller-than-normal Groot is separated billions of light-years away from the team. Falling to a planet below, Groot discovers he is on an entirely alien and unknown world full of strange creatures and societies. Seriously underdeveloped and with nobody who can understand him, Groot will need to make the journey to the center of this world and find the way back to his family! Rated T+

Why we like it: While I enjoy the novelty of pint-sized Groot, I am a bit confounded that it’s getting its own solo series, especially after Groot’s 2015 series lasted only 6 issues before being rolled into a team-up book with his pal Rocket. Never underestimate the power of cuteness, I guess. Speaking of which, the Fosgitt variant is just way too adorable to pass on.

 

sc2The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Shaolin Cowboy Who’ll Stop the Reign #2 (Cho variant)

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Geof Darrow
Art: Geof Darrow  
Cover Art: Frank Cho

What it is: The Shaolin Cowboy hits town, and it hits back. With King Crab in hot pursuit, he runs straight into the not-so-kosher menace of HOG KONG and his twisted tale of ham-fisted revenge. High-cholesterol-fueled action served up hot with plenty of chasers!

Why we like it: I love the humor in this cover and I love the way Cho draws his women thick. Shaolin Cowboy creator/writer/artist Geoff Darrow draws the regular cover A, which is also very awesome but not really fit to print here. See it for yourself on Wednesday.

 

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