The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 7/13/2016

Greetings comic book fans and welcome back to another installment of the Crank File, the only place on the net that is extremely late to pick up their father from the airport. Sorry, no time for love Dr. Jones.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:



The top of the Pile: Vision #9

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Tom King
Art: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Cover Art: Mike Del Mundo

What it is: Every family has its share of secrets – skeletons in the closet, kept hidden from the world at large. For the Visions, those secrets are real, actual skeletons. The thing about secrets is they always have a cost, and one of the Visions is going to pay with their life.

Why we love it: You look at that cover and can’t help but think, “well, that can’t be good…” We know that the story will not end well for Vision and his synthezoid family, but the real tragedy is that it ends with issue 12. It’s too bad Tom King is doing an exclusive with DC, because I could have read his Vision run for volumes and volumes. We’re only half-way through the year but I’m calling it, Vision is the best comic of 2016.



The Mainstream One: The Flash #2

Publisher: DC
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover Art: Karl Kerschl

What it is: In issue #2, The Flash trains novice speedster August Heart to help protect the people of Central City from the Black Hole, a new breed of rogue with a deadly agenda for the Fastest Men Alive.

Why we like it: There’s a new Flash in Central City and he’s buds with the old Flash. I think Flash has been the best book to come out of DC Rebirth so far.



The Indie One: Horizon #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Brandon Thomas
Art: Juan Gedeon
Cover Art: Jason Howard

What it is: Zhia Malen thought she’d fought her very last war, until she learned her planet was targeted for occupation by a desperate world called Earth. The people of Earth will be told that her arrival on their planet means invasion; these are lies, this is retaliation. Skybound’s newest original series by BRANDON THOMAS (The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury), JUAN GEDEON (Ghost Racers), and FRANK MARTIN (EAST OF WEST) will show you that survival isn’t just a human instinct.

Why we like it: Because the preview pages look awesome.



The #1 One: New Super-man #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Gene Luen Yang
Art: Viktor Bogdanovic

What it is: An impulsive act of heroism thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes. Rising from the ashes of The Final Days of Superman, award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang and on-the-rise art star Victor Bogdanovic introduce readers to Kong Kenan-the New Super-Man! When the world needed a new hero, China made him!

Why we like it: I know some people are sour at the recent trend in comics of publishers re-racing their beloved, white characters.  Being of Chinese descent myself, let me say thank you DC. Thank you for bringing another Asian superhero into the DC universe, Cassandra Cain was getting lonely. And cheers for choosing an Asian American to write him.  Jiayou!



The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Civil War II #3

Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: David Marquez
Cover Art: Phil Noto

What it is: Classified!

Why we like it: A potentially huge death is being teased for issue #3. We don’t know who eats the big enchilada, but based on this gorgeous cover by the always amazing Phil Noto, we can deduce that the killer was Hawkeye, in the face, with an arrow.


That’s all I got this week, geeks. Until next week, carpe comics!

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