What up people? Thanks for coming back for another hit from the Crank File. We’re heading into the Labor Day weekend and that can only mean one thing: autumn is coming. Take advantage of these final summer days because they won’t be around for too much longer. So quit your Batgirling around and seize the day. And seize the comics while you’re at it.
Here’s what I’m reading this week.
The Top of the Pile: The Dying and the Dead #3 Image
Synopsis: The secret history of the sacred object everyone is racing to recover is revealed, and you won’t believe where it will lead our heroes next. The best new book of the year rambles on in THE DYING AND THE DEAD #3.
Why I’m reading it: Rember this series? You’ll be forgiven if you don’t because issue #2 came out way back in April. I typically stay away from books that miss their release dates this early on, since it often a sign of trouble down the run. But I’m making an exception for Dying and the Dead because the first two issues were spectacular and #3’s late release was likely an affect of delays with Marvel’s Secret Wars. But Secret Wars will be over by October (mostly) and Hickman can refocus on his creator owned work over at Image and get back to a regular release schedule. A great time for new readers to jump in.
The Mainstream One: Silk #7 Marvel
Synopsis: SECRET WARS takes its toll on Silk, as she experiences her LAST DAYS. As the sky literally falls, will Cindy Moon find her family?
Why I’m Reading It: Introspective, critical yet humorous, Robbie Thompson nails Cindy’s introverted, type-A personality. It’s Silk’s understated heart and humor that sets her series apart from other superhero books on the rack. I don’t think this series gets the adoration it deserves, but perhaps it’s not that kind of book. Issue #7 will be Silk’s Last Days, Secret Wars tie-in, meaning it’s the last issue before the series gets reset along with the rest of the Marvel universe. See you on the other side Cindy!
The Indie One: We Stand on Guard #3 Image
Synopsis: What will torture look like in the future?
Why I’m Reading It: Vaughan’s scripts were superb as expected but it was Steve Skroce jaw dropping artwork that brings this social allegory to life. We Stand on Guard opened with a pair of action-packed episodes but I hope we see a little more character development in issue #3.
The #1 One: Plutona #1 Image
Synopsis: Plutona follows the story of five suburban kids who make a shocking discovery while exploring the woods one day after school…the body of Plutona, the world’s greatest superhero. A dark and heartbreaking journey about friendship and coming of age all through the lens of the superhero genre.
Why I’m Reading It: Looks like its an Image kind of week. Interesting premise, written by one of my favorites, Jeff Lemire. The art by new comer Emi Lenox looks like a perfect match, very reminiscent of Lemire’s own style.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Detective Comics #44 DC Cliff Chiang Green Lantern Variant
Why I’m Digging It: A throwback to the Golden Age, when zeppelin’s patrolled the skies and the Batman packed heat. This is a regular price variant and should be readily available on Wednesday at cover price. It’s coolsville daddy-o.