Greetings comic book fans and welcome to a very somber episode of the Crank File, where the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself. Thoughts go out to the victims, families and friends affected by the Orlando shooting. While it’s natural that we feel angry and afraid, this is not the time for hate and division. It is a time for grieving and unification. Because there’s only one way to make it through a tragedy, together. Peace, love and crankiness.
Here’s what I’m reading this week.
The Top of the Pile: Batman #1
Words: Tom King
Art: David Finch
What it is: No one has ever stopped the Caped Crusader. Not The Joker. Not Two-Face. Not even the entire Justice League. But how does Batman confront a new hero who wants to save the city from the Dark Knight?
Why we love it: The last time DC rebooted, Batman turned out the epic Court of Owls story arc, laying the foundation for Snyder and Capullo’s legendary run. While I will miss the masterful work of Scott and Greg on Batman, I think DC nailed it with the new creative team. Add in possible first appearances and a #1 on the cover and you have the recipe for a classic.
The Mainstream one: Superman #1
Words: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Patrick Gleason
What it is: The Last Son of Krypton must decide whether to help his young son use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world.
Why we like it: While I enjoyed Pak’s run on Action Comics, the New 52 Superman always felt a little off. I was happy to see the pre-New 52 Superman back in action (see what I did there?) Superman classic returns to Metropolis and he’s brought his family with him. Last week’s Action Comics gave us one of the biggest WTF moments in comics since “Hail Hydra”.
The Indie One: Manifest Destiny #20
Words: Chris Dingess
Art: Matthew Roberts
What it is: Many have claimed to have seen the Sasquatch? now join the men who made first contact!
Why we like it: Manifest Destiny started its latest arc by straying from its typical, linear storytelling. The story begins with a flashback to an early attempt at settling the American North West frontier that turns cannibally before we catch up with our regularly scheduled protagonists, Lewis and Clark, whose expedition just stumbled upon a ruined settlement. Action, horror and the legendary Big Foot.
The #1 One: Green Arrow #1
Words: Benjamin Percy
Art: Otto Schmidt
What it is: As Oliver struggles with how he can fight ‘the man’ when his huge fortune makes him the man, he and Black Canary uncover a deadly new threat to Seattle that cuts the Archer to the bone.
Why we like it: This was what writer Benjamin Percy had to say about the new Green Arrow, ‘My touchstones are Dennis O’Neil and Mike Grell, while trying to make the series my own. Green Arrow will be a politically and culturally relevant series. Expect stories that aim a broadhead into the zeitgeist, that are ripped from the headlines.’ I’m in. I’ve always felt that Green Arrow works better with a partner, and I’m stoked that Black Canary is around.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Star Wars #20
Words: Jason Aaron
Art: Mike Mayhew
Cover art: John Tyler Christopher
What it is: Another dive into the journal of Obi-Wan Kenobi! Jabba has hired bounty hunter Black Krrsantan to find out who’s been thwarting his men! The old hermit of the dune wastes might know something about that.
Why we like it: A rare Yoda cover appearance keeps it from being a DC sweep this week. All asses, this cover kicks.
That’s all I got. Until next time carpe comics!