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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 6/29/2016

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. I’m fighting a pretty nasty cold this week so we’ll be foregoing the usual banter.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:



The Top of the Pile: Captain America Steve Rogers #2

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Jesus Saiz

What it is: As Steve battles a resurgent Hydra more dangerous than ever before, he must confront a ghost from his past!

Why we love it: Hail Hydra?!?! I have to see where this is going.



The Mainstream One: The Uncanny Inhumans #11

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Carlos Pacheco

What it is: After what Iron Man did in CIVIL WAR II #2, Medusa must act. Inhumans vs. Stark Industries.

Why we like it: The first appearance of the anti-hero Mosaic will be in this issue. Mosaic will be getting his own solo series in October so this will likely be the hot speculation book on Wednesday.



The Indie One: 4 Kids Walk into a Bank #2

Publisher: Black Mask
Words: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Tyler Boss

What it is: The titular 4 Kids figure out what’s going on… and develop a plan of their own… and eat some pizza.

Why we love it: Dungeons and Dragons meets a Dog Day Afternoon. Issue #1 was funny, geeky and undeniably cool. Glad to see a Black Mask book coming out at a semi-normalish schedule.



The #1 One: Jade Street Protection Services #1

Publisher: Black Mask
Words: Katy Rex
Art: Fabian Lelay

What it is: In this new series that mashes The Breakfast Club with Sailor Moon, Kai, Saba, Noemi, Divya, and Emma are (bad) students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for magical girls. When they all meet for the first time in a totally unfair detention, these punk rock witch delinquents cut class and discover the fates Matsdotter has in store for them are even more sinister than they suspected. With JSPS, the creative team of writer Katy Rex, penciler/inker Fabian Lelay, colorist Mara Jayne Carpenter, and series cover artists Annie Wu and Kiki Jenkins channel Black Mask’s edgy, subversive sensibility into a whipsmart adventure for delinquents young and old.

Why we like it: Because it’s a Black Mask #1.



The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Extraordinary X-Men #11

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Humberto Ramos
Cover art: Humberto Ramos

What it is: Trapped one thousand years in the future on a world ruled by the genocidal tyrant Apocalypse, the X-Men are literally mutantkind’s last hope! But in fighting Apocalypse’s newest horsemen, the X-Men’s future is slipping away from them, especially when one of those horsemen is a Wolverine with a Venom symbiote!

Why we like it: It’s Old Man Logan melding with the Venom alien symbiote. Nuff Said.

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 2/15/2016

Welcome back for another episode of the Crank File. The undisputed winner from last week was Deadpool. My girlfriend and I saw it on Valentines day and we both enjoyed the hell out of it. The world’s smelliest mercenary absolutely killed it on the big screen, grossing an estimated $150 million dollars on its opening weekend. The success of Deadpool will force studios to seriously consider the viability of producing more R-rated superhero films. How awesome would an R-rated Punisher or Spawn movie be?

There is already speculation that Cable’s appearance in the Deadpool sequel could be the setup for a darker, violenter X-Force movie.  Cable’s first appearance in New Mutants #87 is already getting out of the average collector’s price range, but it you’re looking for more affordable, alternative Cable keys, New Mutants #86 is Cable’s first cameo appearance and he also appears as a baby Nathan Summers in Uncanny X-men #201. Both issues can still be had for less than $10. Happy hunting.


The Top of the Pile: None 🙁

Sadly this week is looking very light and for the first time in long time, nothing jumps out at me as top-of-the-pile worthy. My wallet is happy but my heart weeps.


The Mainstream One: Extraordinary X-Men #7



Publisher: Marvel

Words : Jeff Lemire

Art: Humberto Ramos

As one team of X-Men stages a daring rescue mission in Weirdworld, another team stages one in the psyche of their teammate! Something happened to Nightcrawler that left his mind in turmoil. Determined to bring their friend back to sanity, Storm and Jean Grey enter his mind but are they prepared for what awaits them there? Meanwhile, Old Man Logan, Colossus, Iceman and Magik discover just who it is they’re on a mission to rescue in the wilds of Weirdworld and the truth might tear the team apart!

The stakes keep getting raised in my favorite X-book to emerge post reboot. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen from Lemire and Ramos’ Extraordinary X-Men so far. We’re still waiting to be filled in about exactly what Cyclops did to piss off an entire species, hopefully more clues to that mystery to that will be revealed in this issue.


The Indie One:  Devolution #2



Publisher: Dynamite

Words: Rick Remender

Art: Jonathan Wayshak

The road to salvation is lined with Nazi hillbillies and Neanderthals. Raja finds that trusting people is a bad idea. Check out the thrilling new series that Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class) describes as ‘a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.

I thought issue #1 of Devolution was a decent debut, although not so amazed that I was excited about issue #2. However I’ve found myself enjoying a lot of Remender’s independent work, so Devolution gets the benefit of the doubt for a few more issues. I’m really digging the artwork, and I think Devolution has tons of potential if Remender can find his voice on this series.


The #1 One: Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1



Publisher: Marvel

Words: Nick Spencer

Art: Mark Bagley

The prelude to the Spring’s blockbuster AVENGERS event! Hello there and welcome, new resident. You’ve sure made the right choice in moving to Pleasant Hill– a friendly small town where burdens are lifted and the sun is always bright… so hide your eyes. Don’t let it see you looking its way. Hide if you must. Otherwise it will burn right through you. Pleasant Hill is the kind of place where folks look out for one another. Everyone knows who their neighbors are. But who are you, neighbor? 

This spring is going to be all about Steve Rogers over at Marvel. The original star-spangled superhero is celebrating his 75’th anniversary this year, but as most fans know, Sam Wilson has been standing in as Captain America for the past year. This clearly didn’t jive for the marketing folks at Marvel and the Pleasant Hill event is rumored to be the start of Roger’s journey towards resuming the mantle of Captain America.


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Uncanny Inhumans #5



Publisher: Marvel

Words: Charles Soule

Art: Brandon Peterson

‘THE QUIET ROOM’ STARTS NOW! Black Bolt’s new place is a fascinating curiosity that could very well put all the Marvel Universe in a tight spot. 

Brandon Peterson takes over on pencils and immediately makes his presence known with this stunning Black Bolt cover.

Carpe Comics!