Greetings comic curators and welcome to the Crank File, the only place on the web that writes all the crank that’s fit to print. Hope you all had an unlaborious Labor Day. Comics never take a week off, so without further dudes…
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Walking Dead #158 (Art Adams connecting variant)
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
What it is: ‘THE WHISPERER WAR’ Part Two The war rages on.
Why we love it: Issue #157 ended with blood spilled on both sides, a declaration of war and an army descending upon Fort Grimes, driving a zombie herd right through the town. This is war, and in war there are inevitably casualties. And also it’s the Walking Dead. Peoples gonna die.
The Mainstream one: Batman #6
Words: Tom King
Art: David Finch
What it is: ‘I AM GOTHAM’ epilogue. In this stand-alone tale, Batman seeks redemption as he tries to keep Gotham Girl from going down a dangerous path. But can the Dark Knight save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?
Why we like it: The previous issue of Batman revealed that ‘I Am Gotham’ was not actually about the hero-turned-villain Gotham, but about his sister Gotham Girl. And so we welcome Gotham Girl into the Bat-family. If her closing monologue in issue #5 is to be believed, she has a very important role to play moving forward.
The Indie One: Paper Girls #9
Words: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Cliff Chang
What it is: The future collides with the past in our present-day 2016, and the Paper Girls must make a difficult decision about who to trust.
Why we like it: Did you love Netflix’s Stranger Things? Of course you did, because you have impeccable taste. You’re going to love Paper Girls. Don’t just take my word for it. It won the 2016 the Harvey and the Eisner award for Best New Series.
The #1 One: Eclipse #1
Words: Zachary Kaplan
Art: Giovanni Timpano
What it is: Imagine if sunlight burned you alive. In the near future, a mysterious solar event has transformed the sun’s light into deadly immolating rays. The world’s few survivors now live in nocturnal cities. But a killer emerges who uses sunlight to burn his victims, and when he targets the daughter of a solar power mogul, it falls to a disillusioned solar engineer to protect her.
Why we like it: I saw the preview pages for this new dystopian saga and it looks amazing. Nobody does sci-fi better than Image. Check it out here.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Doctor Strange #11
Words: Jason Aaron
Art: Chris Bachelo
Cover art: Adam Hughes
What it is: ‘Last Days of Magic’ aftermath! How did Stephen Strange become the Sorcerer Supreme? And how has he lost it all?
Why we like it: Another 1:50 Hughes variant that I won’t be shelling out $75 for. But it’s a beaut, and there’s a movie just on the horizon. If you’re a gambler, I think this one has quick flip potential.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!