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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 2/23/2016

Welcome back Cranksters for another hit from the Crank File. Last week was the ComicsPro event. Image Publisher Erik Stephenson dropped the mic on an audience composed solely of direct market comic book retailers. If you have concerns about the direction that comic books (the actual books, not movies) are heading, I urge you to give it a read: https://imagecomics.com/content/view/image-comics-publisher-eric-stephenson-talks-direct-market-at-comicspro

Ironically, signed copies of the ComicsPro variant for Nowhere Men #1 are currently selling for $30 on the Bay. Can’t stop free market.

 

Here’s What I’m Reading This Week:

 

The Top of the Pile: Saga #34

 

SAGA 34

Publisher: Image

Words: Brian K Vaughan

Art: Fiona Staples

New friends are silver?

Another month, another issue of Saga at the top of the stack. May it stay there for 100 issues. This book never ceases to amaze and amuse. I’m always blown away by Staple’s covers. I know I say it every week Saga is on the stands, but this one may be my favorite. I frigging love Ghus.

 

The Mainstream One:  Justice League #48

 

JL48

Publisher: DC

Words: Geoff Johns

Art: Jason Fabok

The epic ‘Darkseid War’ continues as the League is forced to unite with their evil counterparts, the Crime Syndicate, to defeat the nigh-omnipotent Anti-Monitor! Plus, what is the terrible secret behind Superwoman’s newborn child?

Geoff John’s Darkseid War has been fantastic and I wonder whether this arc will also be the lead-in to DC’s upcoming 2016 Rebirth. Credit has to be given to DC’s goldenboy Johns, but the reason why I’m loving this book is Jason Fabok’s art.

 

The Indie One: Wild’s End Enemy Within #6

 

WE6

Publisher: Boom

Words: Dan Abnet

Art: I.N.J. Culbard

Final issue! While the other survivors struggle in the woods against the aliens, Peter and Susan desperately try to alert the public in time.

The second volume to Wild’s End comes crashing towards a violent conclusion and one thing’s for sure, nobody is safe. I’m still struggling with the fall out from issue #5 and desperately need to know the fate of my anthropomorphic friends.

 

The #1 One: Hellboy & B.P.R.D. 1953 Beyond The Fences #1

HB1

Publisher: DC

Words: Mike Mignola

Art: Paolo Rivera

A mysterious creature hunts the children of an idyllic suburban town, and the BPRD get more than they bargained for when their investigation begins to seem strangely familiar.

I’m pretty sure suburbia is one of the seven circles of hell.

 

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Dark Knight III: Master Race #3 (Janson variant)

 

DK3

Publisher: DC

Words: Frank Miller

Art: Andy Kubert

The hardest thing for Batman is to admit his greatest strength: He’s just one man, and sometimes he needs help. With so much at stake, will he turn to help of the Super variety?

This series has been surprisingly good and Frank Miller has promised readers “quite a shock” for issue #3. With excitement about the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie this cover is going to be highly sought after on Wednesday.

 

That’s all I got this week. Carpe Comics!