Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. I’m fighting a pretty nasty cold this week so we’ll be foregoing the usual banter.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Captain America Steve Rogers #2
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Jesus Saiz
What it is: As Steve battles a resurgent Hydra more dangerous than ever before, he must confront a ghost from his past!
Why we love it: Hail Hydra?!?! I have to see where this is going.
The Mainstream One: The Uncanny Inhumans #11
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Carlos Pacheco
What it is: After what Iron Man did in CIVIL WAR II #2, Medusa must act. Inhumans vs. Stark Industries.
Why we like it: The first appearance of the anti-hero Mosaic will be in this issue. Mosaic will be getting his own solo series in October so this will likely be the hot speculation book on Wednesday.
The Indie One: 4 Kids Walk into a Bank #2
Publisher: Black Mask
Words: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Tyler Boss
What it is: The titular 4 Kids figure out what’s going on… and develop a plan of their own… and eat some pizza.
Why we love it: Dungeons and Dragons meets a Dog Day Afternoon. Issue #1 was funny, geeky and undeniably cool. Glad to see a Black Mask book coming out at a semi-normalish schedule.
The #1 One: Jade Street Protection Services #1
Publisher: Black Mask
Words: Katy Rex
Art: Fabian Lelay
What it is: In this new series that mashes The Breakfast Club with Sailor Moon, Kai, Saba, Noemi, Divya, and Emma are (bad) students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for magical girls. When they all meet for the first time in a totally unfair detention, these punk rock witch delinquents cut class and discover the fates Matsdotter has in store for them are even more sinister than they suspected. With JSPS, the creative team of writer Katy Rex, penciler/inker Fabian Lelay, colorist Mara Jayne Carpenter, and series cover artists Annie Wu and Kiki Jenkins channel Black Mask’s edgy, subversive sensibility into a whipsmart adventure for delinquents young and old.
Why we like it: Because it’s a Black Mask #1.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Extraordinary X-Men #11
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Humberto Ramos
Cover art: Humberto Ramos
What it is: Trapped one thousand years in the future on a world ruled by the genocidal tyrant Apocalypse, the X-Men are literally mutantkind’s last hope! But in fighting Apocalypse’s newest horsemen, the X-Men’s future is slipping away from them, especially when one of those horsemen is a Wolverine with a Venom symbiote!
Why we like it: It’s Old Man Logan melding with the Venom alien symbiote. Nuff Said.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!