Welcome back for another piece from the Crank File. It’s the first week of October and that can only mean one thing, it’s Monster Week ladies and gentlemen. So we’ll dispense with the pleasantries and get right down to business.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50 IDW
The epic conclusion to over four-years worth of storylines! The Turtles stand against Shredder for one final battle that will determine the fate of NYC, and the world, for years to come. Co-creator Kevin Eastman’s current Turtles run at IDW has reinvigorated the series and will surely go down as a classic. Turtle power!
The Mainstream One: Secret Wars #6 Marvel
THE FINAL WAR! Secret Wars finally arrives and I’m a little concerned about how the final 3 issues will play out. The conclusion to Secret Wars kept getting delayed month after month and Marvel couldn’t delay launching their All-New, All-Different Universe. Will the ending to Secret Wars be altered in order to coordinate with Marvel’s company-wide reboot? With how strong the first five issues have been, it would be disappointing if compromises were made with the storytelling for the sake of scheduling. Six variant covers to choose from here but why eat hamburger when you can have steak. Alex Ross is the man!
The Indie One: Space Riders #4 Black Mask
The most insane comic in the universe returns. This series was solicited as a four issues mini-series and there hasn’t been any news about a second series, so this could be the end. I sure hope not, Space Riders absolutely hooked me with its psychedelic art, sci-fi stylings and general badassery. The Space Riders have fought space Vikings, survived a vortex of madness, were captured by robot armies, and bore witness to the mind melting majesty of the space gods. Now they must battle new and old enemies united against them. Buckle in for the insane conclusion of “This Vengeful Universe!”
The #1 One(s): Paper Girls, Batman and Robin Eternal, Amazing Spiderman, Contest of Champions, Doctor Strange, Invincible Iron Man, Jughead
It’s not called Monster Week for nothing. And each one of those Marvel #1’s will have 10-20 variant covers. Thank you Paper Girls for having the decency to release with just one cover. With so many essential #1 issues coming out from Marvel, I wish they had released their Star Wars books, Star Wars #10 and Lando #5, last week when there wasn’t much besides Sandman and DC annuals on the racks. Oh yeah, and there’s an Avengers #0 preview out as well. Dammit Marvel, just shut up and take my money.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Detective Comics #45 Monster Variant
This terrifying Bat-ghoul cover brought to you by the brilliant Bill Sienkiewicz. This man’s covers are pee-your-pants scary.