The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 8/12/2015

Hey comic book nerds. The Connecticut Comic Con is going down at the Mohegan Sun casino this weekend. Some legends of the comic industry will be in attendance: Roy Thomas, Steve McNiven, Neal Adams, Mike Zeck, Tim Seeley, John Beatty, Greg Pak, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson just to name a few. Great Stories will be representing as well. So stop by, win a boatload at the tables and then blow it all on collectibles.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:


The top of the pile: Batman #43 DC




Last month’s Batman teased the new big-bad in Gotham, Bat-Gordon’s first super-villain. This week Mr. Bloom takes center stage, featured prominently on this gorgeous white cover. I’m so excited to see what Snyder and Capullo have planned for Bruce Wayne. They have proven time and time again that they are unafraid to break uncharted ground with the Batman series and these are deep, murky waters that we’ve waded into.


The Mainstream One: Secret Wars #5 Marvel




It’s a little bit late but good things are worth waiting for. The Secret Wars tie-ins have been hit or miss but the main title has been an absolute thrill. We’re now five issues into the eight issue series, the stage has been set and the players put in their place. We are approaching the apex of our story and #5 should set off events that will lead us into the new Marvel Universe.


The Indie One: Harrow County #4 Dark Horse



Creepy, haunting and filled with nightmares. Instead of relying heavily on graphic depictions of blood and gore (though there is plenty of blood and gore) this book mixes moody atmospheres and deliberate pacing to build the sense of terror. Cullen Bunn is crafting a classic, old-school, woods-in-the-dark horror story with Harrow County.


The #1 One: Bombshell’s #1 DC




The fans demanded it so DC stepped up and delivered. DC’s Bombshells started out as a ragtag group of super-heroine statues modeled with a retro pinup girl style. They leaped onto DC’s covers with their own variant themed month. Now writer Marguerite Bennett, who already launched Marvel’s all-female A-Force series this year, leads the DC Bombshell’s to war in their own series.


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Beauty #1 Image


B1     B12


During an age in which physical beauty is worshiped this book has the opportunity to say something culturally significant. What if there was a way to guarantee you could become more and more beautiful every day? What if it was a sexually transmitted disease? In the world of The Beauty, physical perfection is attainable. The vast majority of the population has taken advantage of it, but Detectives Foster and Vaughn will soon discover it comes at a terrible price. Just look at that regular cover. And then look at the Frisson variant cover!


The Speculation One: We Can Never Go Home #3 Black Mask 2nd Printing




Turns out not every store received their copies last week. Guess I was one of the lucky ones to get a sneak peak. There was a bit of controversy over a couple pages in the first printing of issue #3 that have been changed in the second printing. Check out the details over here and make sure to pick up a copy on Wednesday.


Last Week’s Leftovers: Wicked + Divine #13 Image




I was fairly impressed with Wicked + Divine’s first arc. The second arc absolutely blew me away. We get a new artist with the exceptionally talented Tula Lotay filling in for Jamie McKelvie while he focuses on his work at his other Image book, Phonogram The Immaterial Girl. Issue #13 also marks several other key moments in the series:  the death of a god and the surprising introduction of another.


Carpe Comics!

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