Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File, the only place on the net that quite frankly my dear, doesn’t give a crank. Boston Comic Con is this weekend and while nerds across the start get ready for the ball, the big story this week is that my home has been invaded by flies. Fruit flies mostly, and a lot of them. Like an insane amount. Fortunately in my hour of desperation, the internet, as it always does, delivered salvation. Apparently all it takes to trap a ton of fruit flies is a used lemon wedge, a paper cup, saran wrap and a rubber band. For a species so proficient at multiplying, they sure aren’t very smart.
Here’s what I’m reading this week.
The Top of the Pile: Vision #10
Words: Tom King
Art: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
What it is: Tragedy has come to the Vision family. While those around him mourn, Vision plans for revenge, a revenge that will send him into a deadly confrontation with the heroes of the Marvel Universe. As the saga of Vision and his family draws closer to its world-shaking conclusion, don’t miss out on the series everyone is talking about!
Why we love it: If you didn’t see this pick coming then you haven’t been paying close attention. Only 3-issues left and you know that things don’t end well for the Visions. Vision has been a sensational ride so far and I really hope it sticks the landing. Tom King’s 12-issue run could go down as one of the most important comics written in this generation.
The Mainstream one: New Super-man #2
Words: Gene Leun Yang
Art: Viktor Bogdanovic
What it is: ‘Made in China’ part two! The New Super-Man must face off against the Justice League of China. When Kenan Kong was imbued with the powers of Superman, he didn’t waste any time using them! Now it’s up to the New Bat-Man and New Wonder-Woman of his home country to bring our hero back down to earth-just in time to stop the attack of the deadly Sunbeam!
Why we like it: I’m really looking forward to reading this Wednesday. Issue #1 was a good setup issue even before it introduced China’s Batman and Wonder Woman. Issue #2 will mark the first full appearance of the Chinese Trinity, or as I am referring to them as, the Chrinity. But is “New” how DC is going to preface all their Chinese super-heroes? Sort of like how once-upon-a-time every black DC superhero was named “Black” something; Black Lightning, Black Racer, Black Manta, Black Canary (maybe not that last one). Chinese civilization is 4000 years old, there’s nothing new about it.
The Indie One: The Black Monday Murders #1
Words: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Tomm Coker
What it is: ‘MAMMON’ ALL HAIL GOD MONEY! A new crypto-noir series about the power of dirty, filthy money and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it. The Black Monday Murders is classic occultism where the various schools of magic are actually clandestine banking cartels who control all of society: a secret world where vampire Russian oligarchs, Black popes, enchanted American aristocrats, and hitmen from the International Monetary Fund work together to keep ALL OF US in our proper place.
Why we like it: I swore to myself that I would never jump on another Hickman indie title at #1 after The Dying and the Dead was abandoned after just 3 sensational issues. I promised that I would trade wait him and make him earn my patronage. But I got half way through the synopsis and knew this was being added to my pull immediately. Damn you, Johnathan Hickman. I wish I knew how to quit you.
The #1 One: All Star Bat-man #1 (Jock variant)
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: John Romita
What it is: ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ part one! Superstar writer Scott Snyder explodes into an all-new Batman series alongside legendary artist John Romita Jr., reimagining some of the Dark Knight’s greatest villains. First up: Two-Face! Batman must take Two-Face to a destination out of Gotham City, but the duplicitous villain has a two of spades up his sleeve. Every assassin, bounty hunter and ordinary citizen with something to hide is on their tails with one goal: kill Batman! Handcuffed together on the road to hell, this is Batman and Two-Face as you’ve never seen them before!
Why we like it: The masterful Scott Snyder makes his return to Batman with a dive into the Caped Crusader’s rogue gallery. Two-Face is a classic Bat-villain who never really get much page-time during Snyder’s New 52 run. Looks like he’ll have his turn to shine on Snyder and Romita Jr’s much anticipated debut issue for All-Star Batman. While I’m not the biggest fan of JRJR’s covers, I think he will be effective with his interior artwork. Fortunately there’s an amazing Jock variant which makes this book an insta-pickup.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Darth Vader #24 (Action figure variant)
Words: Kieron Gillen
Art: Salvador Larroca
Cover art: John Tyler Christopher
What it is: Vader is lost in his inner mindscape, lost in visions of the Force! Is he truly more machine now than man? Or can he fight his way back from the brink?
Why we like it: Only two issues left in the epic Darth Vader series and it looks as though s for the end. Issue #23 gave us everyone’s favorite homicidal astrodroid, BT-1. This week brings us Bee Tee’s counterpart, the sociopathic protocol droid 0-0-0, or Triple Zero as he’s referred to affectionately by friends.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!