The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 7/15/2015

Welcome back comic book aficionados. Everybody over their SDCC hangovers? Man that Force Awakens Comic Con Reel had me giddier than a midget in a mini-skirt convention. Finally, someone who understands that Star Wars isn’t frigging green screen, CGI fest. It was very apparent to fans of the original 3 that the last trilogy lacked a soul Rubber alien masks, giant model spaceships and keeping one foot in the pre-digital world is the only way to do Star Wars justice. Search your feelings, you know it to be true. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the link and get ready to feel the force.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Postal #5 Image


Sort of a slow week but thank goodness Postal is back. Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins are crafting a crazy, unconventional, detective mystery. With an autistic mailman patrolling a town populated by criminals, Postal consistently delivers thrills and surprising new plot points. One of my favorite new titles from Image returns and it’s ok to go Postal on Wednesday.

The Mainstream One: Justice League #42 DC


Let’s all forget that Convergence every happened and focus on how awesome Darkseid Wars is going to be. This book has so much going for it, an epic story line involving two demi-gods at war, with the DC universe’s greatest heroes caught in the middle. From the critically acclaimed creative team of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, Justice League is going to be a mighty good read.

The Independent One: Book of Death #1 Valiant


Valiant’s summer blockbuster, Book of Death, promises a thousand year journey into the future of the Valiant Universe. Valiant has really upped its superhero game, bringing back a lot of Pre-Unity Valiant fans for a look at their revamped lineup. And what would any self-respecting, superhero universe be without a crossover event of insane proportions? And thus Book of Death, written by Robert Venditti and Robert Gill with visuals by Doug Braithwaite. Really digging that Kevic-Djurdjevil cover.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Guardians of Knowhere #1 Gwenom cover Marvel


The alien symbiotie costume grafts itself to the radioactive spider-powered Gwen Stacy, turning her into Gwenom. It practically writes itself.

Last Week’s Leftovers: Strange Fruit #1 Boom


If it’s a slow week for you too and you haven’t read the first issue of Boom’s racially charged, period piece, Strange Fruit, take a flip through and see if it compels you. I know that bland, Easter Island looking cover turned off a lot of readers, but take a peak at the interiors. If J. G. Jones’ realism style doesn’t do anything for you, just flip to the last page for a laugh 😉

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