The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 6/8/2016

Welcome back to another installment of the Crank File, the only place on the web that cranks different. Please wipe your feet and come on in.

Mainstream news picked up on two words from the last panel of Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 and created a media crap storm, the likes of which I haven’t seen since the first time DC killed off Superman. Ironically, while Marvel was stealing the spotlight with just those two words, DC’s Rebirth was quietly an across the board success. My LCS ordered heavily on all Rebirth titles and they were almost all sold out by the weekend. Even Scooby friggin Doo sold out. And the sell out was well deserved. DC’s delivering the goods early on and I’m enjoying the heck out of Rebirth. Let’s hope they can keep pushing ahead and avoid postpartum depression.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:


The Top of the Pile: Vision #8



Publisher: Marvel
Words: Tom King
Art: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

What it is: ‘LITTLE BETTER THAN A BEAST’ STARTS NOW! The most critically acclaimed series of the year continues. The Avengers know. They know his wife killed the Reaper and the boy. They know Vision lied to protect her. They know that those lies will lead to more lies, those deaths will lead to more deaths. And they know they need to act, they need to find a way to prove that he has done what he has done so the Avengers can do what they have to do–finally and forever dismantle the Vision and his family

Why we love it: I would argue that The Vision is the best superhero comic on the stands today. Dark, strange and philosophical, The Vision is more than your typical capes and tights fare. It’s a story about family and the lengths we go to protect the ones we love, even if it means doing something bad.


The Mainstream one: Detective Comics #934



Publisher: DC
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Eddy Barrows

What it is: ‘RISE OF THE BATMEN’ chapter one An unknown predator begins outdoing Batman, taking down dangerous threats with military precision. It’s up to the Dark Knight and series costar Batwoman to rally and train the young heroes of Gotham City to end this mysterious threat! WHAT NOW: Batman and Batwoman begin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain, but is the villainous Clayface ready for redemption?

Why we like it: Detective Comics is not being Reibirthed with a #1. Instead it picks back up with its original numbering and begins a new story arc written by Scott Snyder protege, James Tynion IV. Anytime that Bat signal appears, you answer the call.


The Indie One: Head Lopper #4



Publisher: Image
Words: Andrew McLean
Art: Andrew McLean

What it is: At long last, Norgal and Agatha face off against the demigod-sorcerer Barra, who proves to be much more able than his frail frame implies. Meanwhile, Lulach approaches with an entire army at his back, but does he come in support or opposition of Barra’s cause?

Why we like it: It’s a quarterly book, but it is well worth the wait. What Head Lopper lacks in proficiency it more than makes up with in quality and quantity. This high fantasy adventure shines with humor, monster slaying and a ton of charm. Issue #4 will be the last issue of this series but I hope it’s not our final adventure with Norgal and Agatha.

The #1 One: Wacky Raceland #1



Publisher: DC
Words: Ken Pontac
Art: Leonardo Manco

What it is: The world has ended, but the race has just begun! Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect and the rest of the Wacky Racers vie for the finish line in a contest where the winner takes all and second place is death. Today’s trial: the shattered maze of freeways known as the Uberpass, where they’re beset by giant sand beasts, mutated insects, and worst of all, Dick Dastardly’s murderously poor sportsmanship. The last thing they need after surviving the race is a brutal bar fight in a local dive, but that’s just what they get!

Why we like it: I was pretty skeptical when DC announced its plan to remake classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons with a modern bend, but Scooby Doo surprised the heck out of me. While the names and faces remained familiar, it was was a completely fresh take on Scooby Doo with less camp and more mature plot line. So I’m going to give Wacky Raceland a read because it looks more Beyond Thunderdome than Stop the Pigeon. You can check the preview and judge for yourself:


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Wonder Woman Rebirth #1


Publisher: DC
Words: Greg Rucka
Art: Liam Sharp, Paulo Siqueira
Cover art: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

What it is: After suffering an unimaginable loss, Wonder Woman must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. DON’T MISS: New York Times best selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman with a tale that will forever alter the DC icon.

Why we like it: Because Artgerm.  Love.


That’s all I got. Until next time, carpe comics!


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