Hey there comic book fans and welcome back for another episode of the Crank File, where we hand crank our files fresh, every morning. It’s looking like a slow Wednesday for books, but all is not lost friends because the Dawn of Justice movie comes out this week. There were some early concerns when the first trailers were released to a deafening shrug, but the advance-screening reviews have been practically gushing. The buzz surrounding Batman v Superman is already reaching critical mass and I cannot wait to see it this weekend (and that’s a spoiler for you Trailer Snarks readers).
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Batman #50
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo
What it is: Batman has returned to Gotham City! In this extra-sized conclusion to Snyder and Capullo’s epic story ‘Superheavy,’ Bruce Wayne returns to the cape and cowl to battle Mr. Bloom alongside Jim Gordon for the fate of the city they both love.
Why we love it: For the past five years Batman has been the cream of the New 52 crop. Later this year the best book from the Big 2 will be getting renumbered as a new creative team takes over as part of DC’s line-wide Reboot, er, I mean Rebirth. Next month Snyder and Capullo tie a bow around their legendary run with a standalone issue #51. This week, it’s war. It’s the final battle, as issue #50 brings Superheavy to an explosive conclusion. It’s Batman and Gordon versus Mr. Bloom, his minion horde and an army of hijacked Batbots. It’s so ridiculous but it’s also so damn good.
The Mainstream One: We Are Robins #10
Words: Lee Bermejo
Art: Jorge Corona
What it is: The Jokers have taken over Middleton High! Duke and Riko are trapped inside as average students-can Dax and Izzy get to them in time? And could Dre really have joined the side of the Jokers? In a final showdown between the Robins and the Jokers, Duke and his team will be put to the ultimate test of loyalty.
Why we like it: Rumors are going around that the leader of the rag tag Robins gang is in line for a major promotion this week. Want to learn more about Duke Thompson? His first appearance in Batman #21 and We Are Robins are good places to start.
The Indie One: Outcast #17
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Paul Azaceta
What it is: ‘The Damage Done’ Megan has to come to grips with the horror of what she did while possessed by a demon.
Why we like it: Every few months I’ve felt like Outcast was on the verge of a breakout, only to see the story stall and sink back into a murky tangle of questions. The most recent issues have been delivering thrills and more importantly, answers. Kirkman has always insisted that he was playing the long game with this series and I smell payoff coming.
The #1 One: Circuit Breaker #1
Words: Kevin McCarthy
Art: Kyle Baker
What it is: When the heroic robots that saved Japan during World War IV are outlawed, they turn against mankind, waging a campaign of terror across the last city on Earth. Their creator builds one more soldier-disguised as his teenaged granddaughter-and tasks her with dismantling the marauding mechanical militia. But as she begins to question her programming, will she be the last hope for humanity, or the final nail in our coffin?
Why we like it: Sounds like Astro Boy, except you know, a girl. Could be cool, could be a hack job. Either way I’ll at least give it a flip through because I like Japanese robots. But if you’re not into manga then maybe try out Hyperion #1 from Marvel. I hear he uses a tractor trailer like a bat.
Last Week’s Leftovers: Secret Wars: Guardians of Knowhere #1 (Rob Guillory variant)
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Mike Deodato
What it is: A single moon orbits Battleworld. But no, that’s no moon. It’s a space station. It’s Knowhere. The head of a dead Celestial, somehow saved in the universal collapse, a colony brimming with convicts and criminals. The Galaxy may be gone, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t places that still need heroes. Places that need champions. That need GUARDIANS.
Why we like it: The unexpected and immediate popularity of Spider-Gwen led to her own solo series. Set in an alternate universe, Spider-Gwen’s story is a warped reflection of 616 Peter Parker’s so it seemed inevitable that Gwenom would eventually happen and now it has been confirmed. Spider-Gwen writer and co-creator Robbie Rodriquez announced that before retiring from Marvel next year, he plans to bring the iconic black alien symbiote costume into Spider-Gwen’s world. Gwenom only appears on the variant cover of Gaurdians of Knowhere #1 and not in the actual story. This is the same deal as Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2 Gwenpool variant which is currently fetching over $20 a copy.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!