Welcome back for another episode of the Crank File. The undisputed winner from last week was Deadpool. My girlfriend and I saw it on Valentines day and we both enjoyed the hell out of it. The world’s smelliest mercenary absolutely killed it on the big screen, grossing an estimated $150 million dollars on its opening weekend. The success of Deadpool will force studios to seriously consider the viability of producing more R-rated superhero films. How awesome would an R-rated Punisher or Spawn movie be?
There is already speculation that Cable’s appearance in the Deadpool sequel could be the setup for a darker, violenter X-Force movie. Cable’s first appearance in New Mutants #87 is already getting out of the average collector’s price range, but it you’re looking for more affordable, alternative Cable keys, New Mutants #86 is Cable’s first cameo appearance and he also appears as a baby Nathan Summers in Uncanny X-men #201. Both issues can still be had for less than $10. Happy hunting.
The Top of the Pile: None 🙁
Sadly this week is looking very light and for the first time in long time, nothing jumps out at me as top-of-the-pile worthy. My wallet is happy but my heart weeps.
The Mainstream One: Extraordinary X-Men #7
Words : Jeff Lemire
Art: Humberto Ramos
As one team of X-Men stages a daring rescue mission in Weirdworld, another team stages one in the psyche of their teammate! Something happened to Nightcrawler that left his mind in turmoil. Determined to bring their friend back to sanity, Storm and Jean Grey enter his mind but are they prepared for what awaits them there? Meanwhile, Old Man Logan, Colossus, Iceman and Magik discover just who it is they’re on a mission to rescue in the wilds of Weirdworld and the truth might tear the team apart!
The stakes keep getting raised in my favorite X-book to emerge post reboot. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen from Lemire and Ramos’ Extraordinary X-Men so far. We’re still waiting to be filled in about exactly what Cyclops did to piss off an entire species, hopefully more clues to that mystery to that will be revealed in this issue.
The Indie One: Devolution #2
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Jonathan Wayshak
The road to salvation is lined with Nazi hillbillies and Neanderthals. Raja finds that trusting people is a bad idea. Check out the thrilling new series that Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class) describes as ‘a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.
I thought issue #1 of Devolution was a decent debut, although not so amazed that I was excited about issue #2. However I’ve found myself enjoying a lot of Remender’s independent work, so Devolution gets the benefit of the doubt for a few more issues. I’m really digging the artwork, and I think Devolution has tons of potential if Remender can find his voice on this series.
The #1 One: Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Mark Bagley
The prelude to the Spring’s blockbuster AVENGERS event! Hello there and welcome, new resident. You’ve sure made the right choice in moving to Pleasant Hill– a friendly small town where burdens are lifted and the sun is always bright… so hide your eyes. Don’t let it see you looking its way. Hide if you must. Otherwise it will burn right through you. Pleasant Hill is the kind of place where folks look out for one another. Everyone knows who their neighbors are. But who are you, neighbor?
This spring is going to be all about Steve Rogers over at Marvel. The original star-spangled superhero is celebrating his 75’th anniversary this year, but as most fans know, Sam Wilson has been standing in as Captain America for the past year. This clearly didn’t jive for the marketing folks at Marvel and the Pleasant Hill event is rumored to be the start of Roger’s journey towards resuming the mantle of Captain America.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Uncanny Inhumans #5
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Brandon Peterson
‘THE QUIET ROOM’ STARTS NOW! Black Bolt’s new place is a fascinating curiosity that could very well put all the Marvel Universe in a tight spot.
Brandon Peterson takes over on pencils and immediately makes his presence known with this stunning Black Bolt cover.