Welcome back for The Crank File #8. The Crank File is an open forum where I will offer speculations, reviews and ravings on all things comics. This will be the start of what I plan to be a weekly segment where I let you in on what I’m picking up at my local comic shop every Wednesday.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The top of the pile: Outcast #7
I’m really digging the atmosphere Kirman and Azaceta have created in this gritty tale of demonic possession. The first arc was a bit of a slow build but the stage has been set for some seriously creepy stuff to go down in Outcast volume 2. I’m hoping the pieces start coming together and that we finally get some answers about our mysterious protagonist and his supernatural abilities.
The mainstream one: Batgirl #40
Although she’s been making headlines this week for Rafael Albuquerque’s controversial Joker variant cover, you should be paying attention to what’s happening to Batgirl in story. An unknown entity has been harassing Babs Gordon claiming to be the real Batgirl. The ending of Batgirl #39 and Barbara’s story in Secret Origins #10 seem to hint that she has unintentionally created an AI version of herself. #40 should be an exciting read with some potentially big revelations. There’s also a totally rad Purple Rain movie variant, making this pick a no-brainer.
The indie one: Alex + Ada #13
Things have gotten bad for Alex and his sexy, sentient ladybot Ada. Unlocked robots have been outlawed by the government and a nationwide bot-hunt is closing in on our heroes. I usually don’t dig romance stories and I was originally put off by the whole man loves a robot angle. But this book has totally won me over with it’s whip smart dialogue and societal undertones. Alex + Ada has shown huge amounts of heart and is one of my favorite reads this year.
The #1 one: Chrononaut’s #1
Time travel stories have been done to death but Mark Millar and Sean Murphy are an all star creative team, so I’m willing to give this title a couple of issues to see if they can bring something new to the genre.
The one I’m buying for the cover: Silk #2 Phantom Variant
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed issue #1 and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next to the plucky Cindy Moon. Absolutely in love with the ASM 301 cover swipe. This one’s going to look great sitting next to my Spider Gwen Phantom variant.
The speculation pick: Green Lantern New Guardians #40
Rumored to be the death of White Lantern Kyle Rayner.
Last week’s leftover: The Surface #1
It’s been called pretentious, pseudo-scientific, existential nonsense and it is a thing of beauty. The Surface peels back the layer of conventional thinking and unabashedly lays out its unique vision of reality and imagination. The artwork is gorgeous which helps prop up these lofty ideas. This book is not going to be for everyone so copies will likely still be available on the racks. A must read for anyone who has questioned the nature of existence.