Welcome back comic book fans to The Crank File issue #10. The Crank File is an open forum where I will offer speculations, reviews and ravings on all things comics.
I need to be excused, I’m recovering from a mild case of March madness. No, I’m not talking basketball and Final Fours, I’m talking books. Seemed like each week’s pile was taller than the last and it was a struggle to keep the stack manageable. It is both a blessing and a curse, having this embarrassment of quality comics to read. My big winners from last week were two retro gems released by indie publisher Black Mask, Space Riders and We can Never Go Home. Both were very cool reads and warmly reviewed. With DC raising the curtain on Convergence and Marvel putting the final pieces in position for next month’s Secret Wars event, there’s plenty to look forward to this Wednesday. Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Saga #27 Image
Saga is going to be the top of the pile just about every week it is out. Super group Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples’ classic tale of a family torn apart by intergalactic war is a beautiful study in human emotion and conflict. It is one of those rare stories that seems to resonate deeply with people from all walks of life. Judging by the cover art, Hazel ain’t no a toddler nomore. I’m expecting a pretty significant time jump from issue #26. I can’t wait to catch up with my favorite interstellar epic that doesn’t believe in the force.
The Mainstream One: Convergence #1 DC
DC officially kicks the lid off it’s massive crossover event with 40 different #1 Convergence titles. In last week’s Convergence #0 we had learned that Brainiac has traveled across DC’s Multiverse, gathering cities imprisoned within force fields on a mysterious world. According to Brainiac, his motive is to “save” them from their destruction. Each of these cities-in-a-bubble represents an alternate reality, an alternate DC Universe with alternate heroes and villains. The barriers that separate their realities start coming down in Convergence #1. Be on the lookout for new faces and the return of some old ones. There’s probably no chance I’m finding that Snyder 1:100 Batman variant at a decent price, but man is that one cool looking cover.
The Indie One: Image, all of them
There are too many good books out from Image this week to choose just one, so I’m copping out and recommending all of them. I already mentioned Saga. Wednesday also sees the return of two of my favorite new titles, Copperhead and Birthright. We also get the follow ups to a bunch of #1’s that I just loved the heck out of, Descender, Surface and Big Man Plans. Then there’s Jupiter’s Circle #1, Nameless, Rat Queens, The Walking Dead… Dammit Image, why don’t you just take all of my money?
The #1 One: Rebels #1 Dark Horse
Fan favorite Brian Wood pens this fictional story about a militia formed during the early days of the American Revolution. I love historical dramas and the fact that the author is appearing at my LCS this weekend is just icing on the cake.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Deadpool #45 Phantom variant Marvel
Another homage to the ubiquitous ASM#300 cover. Is anyone getting tired of this cover swipe yet? Because I sure as hell am not. Keep em coming Phantom, I hope this one goes to a gold second printing. On top of the absolutely killer cover, Deadpool #45 is being solicited as a 96 page “death” of Deadpool issue. Fair to say that this is going to be unconventional and things will get Wade weird. I can’t wait to see how this issue plays out, it could be a classic. Get ready for death with a chance of comedy.
The Speculation One: TMNT #44 2nd print IDW
The first print was an instant sell-out. The second print is already sold out in advance. Much hyped death of Donatello issue still scorching on Ebay, this week’s speculation pick is a layup.
Last Weeks Leftover: Wolverines #13 Marvel
I picked this one up for the cover because I mean, Deadpool playing Wolverine, hilarious. Just look at the dead bird hairdo and gardening rake claws and I dare you to not snicker. This turned out to be a real treat, with Deadpool bumbling his way through a day posing as Wolverine. Fun read, lots of lolz. Grab it if it’s still on the shelves at your shop bub.