The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 9/9/2015

What’s up everyone. It was a short week down at the Crank File with a busy Labor Day weekend and my second fantasy football draft last night. And while the King Slayers are well prepared to defend their title as champions of the Black Rose Bowl, I didn’t have much time to recap last week’s headlines from the comic world. If you thought it felt warmer this weekend, you were not alone because the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future just got a little sunnier. Click and rejoice.


Here’s what I’m reading this week.



The Top of the Pile – Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1 Marvel




The new Star Wars mini-series from Marvel bridges the gap between Star Wars’ past and future. Taking place after the Return of the Jedi and building up to December’s The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Shattered Empire is written by the amazing Greg Rucka and has a fantastic variant cover from Marco Checchetto. And it’s canonical. Chewie, we’re home!



The Main Stream One – Renew Your Vows #5 Marvel




I’ve been reading Secret Wars Renew Your Vows and I honestly don’t understand the hype surrounding issue #5. There’s a lot of chatter around the comic book forums about the upcoming issue. It will be released with a bunch of variants and apparently Marvel has been encouraging retailers to increase their orders for the final issue of Renew Your Vows, so is something big about to happen here?



The Indie One – Head Lopper #1 Image




Massachusetts’s own Andrew MacLean brings his independently published and critically acclaimed Head Lopper to Image Comics. The dark humored, quarterly adventure begins with a double-sized first issue, with eighty pages of story and a premium pin-up gallery for the regular price of just $5.99. Love the artwork in this series.



The #1 One – Faster Than Light #1 Image




Humans discover a code that unlocks FTL travel, opening up the universe to mankind. And of course there is an obligatory, horrifying secret that threatens to destroy us all. The premise is meat and potatoes sci-fi and Brian Haberlin’s art is gorgeous. But it’s the augmented reality gimmick that’s selling me on this new Image series. The app is free and the cover price is just $2.99.



The One I’m Buying for the Cover – Batman #44 DC




Batman #44 reveals the origin of the creeptastic Mr. Bloom. A striking regular cover by Jock features the stark silhouette of the classic Dark Knight on a white background. Although I’m still enjoying Bat-Gordon and his gundam suit, I hope we don’t have to wait too much longer for Bruce to come out of the light and retreat back into shadows.



The Speculation One – Action Comics #44




The Truth arc reaches its finale and Superman learns the source of the Shadow Warriors. Could be the introduction of a new villainess.

Carpe Comics!

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