The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 10/14/2015

Monster week came and went, and with all the hype and build up to October 7 it wasn’t shocking that I came away feeling a bit unsatisfied. Marvel launched its post-616/1610 universe with #1’s for some of its flagship series, but my favorite books from Marvel last week came from the late, great Secret Wars #6 and their various Star Wars titles. Iron Man was fine and it was fun seeing Amazing Spider-Man web-slinging around Shanghai but I expected more from All-New, All-Different. The $4 and $5 dollar price tags didn’t help. But there’s no slowing the Big Red Machine machine as it rolls in with another flurry of #1’s this week: Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Gwen, Captain America Sam Wilson, New Avengers, Spider-man 2099, Uncanny Avengers. And spoiler alert, none of them even make this week’s list. And neither does Batman.

This is indeed a disturbing universe.

Here’s what I’m reading this week.


The Top of the Pile: Roche Limit #5 Image

Story by: Michael Moreci
Art by: Kyle Charles




The Conclusion of volume two of the sci-fi trilogy.

The first Roche Limit volume was a great series which spoke so many truths about things that often go unsaid in sci fi. The second volume has been a totally independent story from volume 1, with a completely new lineup of characters and new plot points but has maintained the same razor sharp dissection of the human condition. Love this series and can’t wait to see how volume 2 wraps up.



The Mainstream One: Chewbacca #1 Marvel Alex Ross Variant

Story by: Gerry Duggan
Art by: Phil Noto




After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need.

Chewie is my favorite Star Wars character of all time. I can totally relate to his growl-softly-but-carry-a-big-bowcaster mentality. The baller Alex Ross cover is just gravy.



The Indie One: Low #10 Image

Story by: Rick Remender
Art by: Greg Tocchini and Dave McCaig




This is it: Stel Caine has risen from the depths to set foot on the surface of Earth, the first human in millennia to do so. But what she finds there will make her wish she never left the safe darkness of the deep sea.

I flip flopped a couple times between Low and Roche Limit for the top spot. Roche Limit eventually took the honors mostly because it will be the final issue of volume 2, but everything I said about Roche can be said about Low. Low could easily find itself on top Wednesday.



The #1 One: The Twilight Children #1 Vertigo

Story by: Gilbert Hernandez
Art by: Darwyn Cooke




When a white orb washes up on the shore of a remote Latin American village, a group of children naturally poke at the strange object to see what it is. The orb explodes, leaving the children completely blind. And when a beautiful young woman who may be an alien is found wandering the seafront, she’s taken in by the townspeople, but soon becomes a person of interest to a quirky pair of undercover CIA agents, and the target of affection for a young scientist. Can they come together to prevent an all-out alien invasion and save the souls in this sleepy, seaside town?



The One I’m Buying for the Cover: I Hate Fairyland #1 Image Cover B

Story and Art by: Skottie Young




Yeah, it shocked me too. And that’s just the preview version. I’ve seen the actual cover and it is NOT censored. Four letters and the full double deuce. Skottie Young appears hell bent on breaking away from his adorable “Marvel-babies” persona with his first creator owned series.

In an adventure that ain’t for the little kiddies, (unless you have super cool parents, then whatever), you’ll meet Gert-a six year old girl who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for thirty years and will hack and slash her way through anything to find her way back home. Join Gert and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND!



The Speculation One: Clandestino #1 Black Mask

Story and Art by: Amancay Nahuelpan




The country of Tairona became a no man’s land after the military coup. Guerrillas were formed across the lands, and rebels unified against the dictator to resist the regime. The hopes of many lay on Clandestino, who barely escaped from the military attacks as a child, and was then recruited by the rebel forces, to later lead the revolution against the dictator.

The market has spoken and Black Mask is unarguably the hottest publisher at the moment. NM copies of We Can Never Go Home #1 and sets of Space Riders #1-4 selling around the $100 mark. Clandestino will certainly have a small print run and you would be wise to pick up any #1’s from Black Mask.


Last Week’s Leftovers: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50 IDW Jack Kirby Variant

Story by: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow
Art by: Mateus Santolouco, Cory Smith





When news broke of Donatello’s “death” in issue #44 shelves were promptly raided, discussion forums flooded, theories bandied about and you couldn’t find a copy for less than 5x cover. I feel that the events that went down in Ninja Turtles #50 were far more shocking so imagine my surprise when nobody cared. Sure, it was Marvel Monster Week and the New York Comic Con was going down, so maybe most of the community was suffering from a mild hangover. It is the only logical reason that explains why issue #50 didn’t completely rock the internet. This was a key issue and I think a lot of people missed the boat on this one. Don’t be one of those people. Keep your eyes open for the 1:10 Jack Kirby variant.


Carpe Comics!

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