The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 7/8/2015

Hey comic book fans. Crazy fourth of July weekend down at the Crank File. Booze and fireworks are always a dangerous mix. Some people just don’t know how to handle their freedom responsibly. Tons of buzz as we prepare for the San Diego Comic Con, but before we get a peak into the future of the comics industry we have an impressive crop of books out on Wednesday.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Batman #42 DC

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I think we were all just a little anxious about how Snyder would follow up the bombshell events that went down in issue #40. The Divergence previews and leaked identify of the new Batman caused some trepidition about the direction of the new Batman. Issue #41 cast aside any any doubts that I had about the direction the series was headed in. This is amazing story telling. Unconventional, surprising and undeniably entertaining, Batman #42 will be read in store and probably won’t ever reach the pile. Includes the introduction of a new villain, Mr. Bloom. Do NOT miss it.

The Mainstream One: 1872 #1 Marvel

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Sort of a slow week for Marvel’s Secret Wars event and I’m not a Lando fan. Civil War will probably get a lot of looks because of the upcoming Captain America movie, but I’m looking forward to exploring BattleWorld’s cowboy universe. Returning to Marvel’s classic Wild West frontier, I’m hoping that 1872 is more Magnificent Seven than Two-Gun Kid.

The Indie One: Big Man Plans #4

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Saga #30 is also out this week but my regular readers are probably bored of hearing me gush about how great Saga is. So I’m going to spotlight the fourth and final issue of Eric Powell’s revenge story Big Man Plans. Brutal is really the only way to describe this series. The tone, like the action is raw and rubs right against the nerve. The humor is grim and sardonic (hang in there!). Even the heartfelt moments feel as tragic as they do inspiring. And it’s bloody captivating. This violent road of redemption is coming to an end and issue four promises to finally reveal the dark motives driving this little big man’s plans. Don’t overlook this one.

The #1 One: Archie #1 Archie Comics

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Strange Fruit #1 from Boom is more interesting to me, but I can’t ignore what Archie has meant to American pop culture. After 666 issues, it’s hard to believe that Archie comics is rebooting Riverdale for the first time. Archie volume 2 promises a new Riverdale reinvented for a new generation. One with characters and stories that feel fresh and relateable to today’s youth. One that also happens to be created by two of the best in the biz, Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. Archie comics won me over with their Dark Circle imprint so I’ll give new Archie a chance. It will be released with more than 20 variant covers by a group of superstar artists. Grab the one that you like best. Personally, I’m digging the Ramon K. Perez cover.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Spider-Verse #3 Phil Noto Variant Marvel

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Phil Noto’s covers are elegant and beautifully understated. Another gorgeous variant from Noto without the Hughes price tag. HA!

The Speculation One: The Walking Dead 144 Image

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Walking Dead continues to shamble on, and issue 144 marks an important moment in the zombapocalypse. Here’s the statement released in this week’s preview, “Walking Dead #144 is the final chapter in volume 24 of the walking dead and the last issue compendium 3 and, as such, involves some key moments in the series”. Yeah, this issue is going to be huge and their is a rabid fan base. Might want to think about picking up a few.

Carpe Comics!

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