Posted on

The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 01/11/2015

The Top of the Pile: Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Eastman variant)



Publisher: DC/IDW

Words: James Tynion IV

Art: Freddie Williams II

Trapped in a world where they can scarcely tell friend from foe, the Turtles’ first encounter with the Dark Knight puts their fighting skills to the ultimate test. And while Batman and scientist Lucius Fox search for any clue as to where these strange ninjas come from, Shredder strikes a deal with The Penguin!

The first issue of this unconventional crossover felt very natural. Using Killer Croc to segue into a universe shared by both series was brilliant. I was surprised by how well the distinct styles of the two worlds meshed together. I can’t wait to see more and especially look forward to when Batman gets a load of Krang. Bats has seen some strange stuff in Gotham, but a brain being from another dimension…  Love Eastman’s swipe of his iconic TMNT #1 cover.


The Mainstream One: Secret Wars #9



Publisher: Marvel

Words: Jonathan Hickman

Art: Esad Ribic

Prepare for GENESIS and witness the birth of All-New, All-Different Marvel.

In reality it is three months after Genesis and we are finally finding out how the current Marvel Universe came to be. There will be answers and hopefully some will be enriching, but since Marvel rebooted in October the secrets of Secret Wars have lost a lot of their intrigue.  The series has actually been amazingly good, but it was disappointing not knowing the conclusion before Marvel rebooted.


The Indie One: Walking Dead #150 (Moore variant)



Publisher: Image

Words: Robert Kirkman

Art: Charlie Adlard

In our 150th issue, Rick Grimes finds himself… BETRAYED.

Issue 100 was a huge milestone issue for the series and it was marked by the brutal murder of a major character. What will #150 bring? With the way things have been shaking out for Rick’s crew, probably someone important is dying. There are a handful of covers coming out with #150 and they are all pretty awesome. The Tony Moore swipe of Walking Dead #1 is going to be popular, but the jewel will be the black and white, regular cover. Not a ratio incentive variant, every comic book shop will be sent one copy and only one copy of the retailer appreciation variant. Already pre-selling for more than $200, the black and white variant is going to be a ghost on Wednesday.


The #1 One: Legend of Wonder Woman #1



Publisher: DC

Words and Art: Renae De Liz

In the beginning there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future-and eventually, her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life! Before her ultimate fate unfolds, though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!

This series has already been released digitally and it is a gorgeous, modern retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin story. One of the best things that DC has done with Wonder Woman’s character is allowing women to write her. The most talented female writers in comics have graced the pages of Wonder Woman, which shows how much faith DC has in newcomer De Liz, an artist to keep an eye on.


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: All New Wolverine #4 (Sook variant)



Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Tom Taylor

Art: David Lopez

THE DOCTOR IS IN! Things get truly STRANGE when Wolverine turns to the Sorcerer Supreme in the next mystical chapter of the mystery of the three sisters. But will the supernatural efforts of Stephen Strange combined with the raw power of THE WOLVERINE be enough to combat the evils of Alchemax? Parental Advisory

Best Wolverina cover yet. A lot of people are making the case that Ryan Sook’s covers are on the same level as Adam Hughes. I think a more accurate comparison is with Dodson, but there’s no denying that the guy’s got serious talent.


The Speculation One: Silk #3


Publisher: Marvel

Words: Robbie Thompson

Art: Stacey Lee


Looks like Silk’s got her hands full this week. I know I say it every month, but I am loving this series. In issue two we were briefly introduced to a mysterious, goblin looking dude with sweet phasing abilities. Is he an ally? Who is he working for? And how does he know Silk’s secret identity?  Will we get a full introduction this week? The 1:25 Campbell variant cover is already creeping up to triple digits on the Bay and should be on your radar on Wednesday.


Carpe Comics!

Posted on

The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 11/25/2015

Hi there comic fans. Glad to have you back for another episode of the Crank File. It’s Thanksgiving week and I hope that you are spending yours with friends, family and loved ones. But before we get our grub on and give thanks for this amazing gift that is life, there is another Wednesday of new releases to get through. After almost two full months of non-stop new series from Marvel, the big red machine is pumping the brakes this week and for this, I am thankful. Let’s get right on down to the main course. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Here’s what I’m gobbling this week:


The Top of the Pile: Saga #31 Image


Words: Brian K. Vaughan

Art: Fiona Staples

After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series finally returns, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life. Kindergarten!

The best book in the galaxy is back with a brand new arc. The last issue brought closure to several major plot lines with reunions for many of our main characters. It was bloody, but it was also as close to a happy ending as we’ve had. Life is sounding pretty normal in the Saga universe but don’t get too comfortable. I have a suspicion that the peace won’t hold for too long.


The Mainstream One: The Dark Knight III: Master Race #1 DC



Words: Frank Miller

Art: Andy Kubert

The epic ending you never saw coming is here because you demanded it! The Dark Knight rises again to face the dawn of the master race!

Was I demanding this? I mean, just between you and me, I wasn’t a huge fan of DKII. But Master Race is being pumped as a huge event just the same with over 70 variant covers for the #1, many of which are store exclusives. I wouldn’t recommend dumping big money chasing the higher ratio variants. While much of the artwork is undeniably awesome (I’m partial to the Jim Lee cover myself) I don’t see these holding their value over the long term.


The Indie One: Ringside #1 Image



Words:  Joe Keatinge

Art: Nick Barber

Ringside is an ongoing series set within the world of professional wrestling, combining the ensemble drama of The Walking Dead with interconnected rotating perspectives akin to The Wire. Each issue will explore the relationship between art and industry from the view of the wrestlers themselves, the creatives they work with, the suits in charge and the fans cheering them all on. But that’s just the beginning. The real violence is outside the ring.

I’m always a bit weary when a new series draws comparisons to modern classics like TWD and the Wire, but there’s no way I won’t at least give this one a skim. I was lucky enough to grow up in the golden age of wrestling. There was a time in my life when Monday was my favorite day of the week because it meant that both Raw and Nitro were on that night. It was just too swEEt. Now that I’m older, I’ve lost my taste for the entertainment side of professional wrestling but I find the behind the scenes stuff fascinating. If this is anything like The Wrestler or documentaries like Wrestling with Shadows and Beyond the Mat, then tag me in.


The #1 One: Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur #1 Marvel



Words: Amy Reeder

Art: Natacha Bustos

Unella Lafayette is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world but learned the hard way that it takes more than just big brains. Fearful of the monstrous Inhuman genes inside her, life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled tyrant is teleported from prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call today. 

A super-smart kid running around the Marvel universe with a pet T-Rex? Sounds hilarious. The concept is so weird that I have to give it a look.


 The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Silk #1 Marvel



Words: Robbie Thompson

Art: Stacey Lee

Cindy Moon has been working to find the missing members of her family since she escaped the bunker that was her home prior to the events of SPIDER-VERSE. But her quest has taken her down a darker path than she expected, and she’s now in cahoots with none other than the most ferocious feline in the Marvel Universe – Black Cat! What’s gotten under her skin, and is there any redeeming the Sinister Silk?

I’m really digging some of these hip-hop covers and I was a huge fan of Mos Def before he quit rapping and began focusing on his acting career. So I’m buying it partly for the cover, but I’m mostly picking up this book because I love the character. I suspect that Cindy has a hidden agenda driving her partnership with Black Cat, but a brief turn down the dark side might introduce a little edge to the Silk palette.


Carpe Comics!