The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 11/25/2015

Hi there comic fans. Glad to have you back for another episode of the Crank File. It’s Thanksgiving week and I hope that you are spending yours with friends, family and loved ones. But before we get our grub on and give thanks for this amazing gift that is life, there is another Wednesday of new releases to get through. After almost two full months of non-stop new series from Marvel, the big red machine is pumping the brakes this week and for this, I am thankful. Let’s get right on down to the main course. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Here’s what I’m gobbling this week:


The Top of the Pile: Saga #31 Image


Words: Brian K. Vaughan

Art: Fiona Staples

After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series finally returns, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life. Kindergarten!

The best book in the galaxy is back with a brand new arc. The last issue brought closure to several major plot lines with reunions for many of our main characters. It was bloody, but it was also as close to a happy ending as we’ve had. Life is sounding pretty normal in the Saga universe but don’t get too comfortable. I have a suspicion that the peace won’t hold for too long.


The Mainstream One: The Dark Knight III: Master Race #1 DC



Words: Frank Miller

Art: Andy Kubert

The epic ending you never saw coming is here because you demanded it! The Dark Knight rises again to face the dawn of the master race!

Was I demanding this? I mean, just between you and me, I wasn’t a huge fan of DKII. But Master Race is being pumped as a huge event just the same with over 70 variant covers for the #1, many of which are store exclusives. I wouldn’t recommend dumping big money chasing the higher ratio variants. While much of the artwork is undeniably awesome (I’m partial to the Jim Lee cover myself) I don’t see these holding their value over the long term.


The Indie One: Ringside #1 Image



Words:  Joe Keatinge

Art: Nick Barber

Ringside is an ongoing series set within the world of professional wrestling, combining the ensemble drama of The Walking Dead with interconnected rotating perspectives akin to The Wire. Each issue will explore the relationship between art and industry from the view of the wrestlers themselves, the creatives they work with, the suits in charge and the fans cheering them all on. But that’s just the beginning. The real violence is outside the ring.

I’m always a bit weary when a new series draws comparisons to modern classics like TWD and the Wire, but there’s no way I won’t at least give this one a skim. I was lucky enough to grow up in the golden age of wrestling. There was a time in my life when Monday was my favorite day of the week because it meant that both Raw and Nitro were on that night. It was just too swEEt. Now that I’m older, I’ve lost my taste for the entertainment side of professional wrestling but I find the behind the scenes stuff fascinating. If this is anything like The Wrestler or documentaries like Wrestling with Shadows and Beyond the Mat, then tag me in.


The #1 One: Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur #1 Marvel



Words: Amy Reeder

Art: Natacha Bustos

Unella Lafayette is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world but learned the hard way that it takes more than just big brains. Fearful of the monstrous Inhuman genes inside her, life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled tyrant is teleported from prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call today. 

A super-smart kid running around the Marvel universe with a pet T-Rex? Sounds hilarious. The concept is so weird that I have to give it a look.


 The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Silk #1 Marvel



Words: Robbie Thompson

Art: Stacey Lee

Cindy Moon has been working to find the missing members of her family since she escaped the bunker that was her home prior to the events of SPIDER-VERSE. But her quest has taken her down a darker path than she expected, and she’s now in cahoots with none other than the most ferocious feline in the Marvel Universe – Black Cat! What’s gotten under her skin, and is there any redeeming the Sinister Silk?

I’m really digging some of these hip-hop covers and I was a huge fan of Mos Def before he quit rapping and began focusing on his acting career. So I’m buying it partly for the cover, but I’m mostly picking up this book because I love the character. I suspect that Cindy has a hidden agenda driving her partnership with Black Cat, but a brief turn down the dark side might introduce a little edge to the Silk palette.


Carpe Comics!

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