The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 10/05/2016

Hey there comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File, the only place on the web that was too busy to think up a witty tagline this week. And staying with that theme…

Here’s what I’m reading this week:



The Top of the Pile: The Walking Dead #159 (Art Adams variant)

Publisher: Image
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard

What it is: ‘THE WHISPERER WAR,’ Part Three The war rages on.

Why we love it: Holy crud, last issue was crazy. Rick and his crew were not prepared for the kind of fight that the Whisperers were bringing to their door. We’re only two issues in and the bodies are already piling up. The Whisperer Wars has already claimed a few significant casualties and I don’t think we’re even close to being done.



The Mainstream one: Death of X #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire
Art: Aaron N. Kuder

What it is:

  • What happened eight months ago that set the Inhumans and X-Men on a collision course? Find out here!
  • The Inhumans travel to Japan where one of the Terrigen Clouds creates a shocking new Inhuman.
  • The X-Men travel to Muir Island where the second Terrigen Cloud causes something truly terrible.
  • When these two events collide, a war of catastrophic proportions explodes!

Why we like it: We like mysteries and one of the bigger mysteries leftover from 2015’s Secret Wars was what Cyclops did that resulted in his death and the sterilization of earth’s mutant population. We also enjoy bullet point lists.



The Indie One: Paper Girls #10

Publisher: Image
Words: Brian K Vaughan
Art: Cliff Chang

What it is: The second arc of the smash-hit ongoing series concludes with the Paper Girls risking everything to escape the 21st Century, but if any survive, where will they end up next?

Why we like it: The first 10 issues have been pretty heavy on mystery and random acts of craziness. And it has been awesome.



The #1 One: Cage #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words and Art: Genndy Tartakovsky

What it is: On the mean streets of Harlem, shoes are big, shirts are large, bottoms are belled and crime is rampant! But in the heart of the city, the world’s hardest-working, smack-talking, chain-wearing super hero is on the street and on the case! And his rates are reasonable! He’s CAGE! and he’ll save your behind. Dig it!

Why we like it: This was a real tough pick this week. There are a ton of cool #1s out this week that are worth taking a look at, including Champions (Marvel), Black (Black Mask), Moonshine, Cannibal (Image), Shade the Changing Girl (Young Animals), Shipwreck (Aftershock) and Girrion (Scout). Cage #1 gets the nod because I am a huge fan of Tartakovsky’s animated series Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack.



The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Superman #8

Publisher: DC
Words: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Doug Mahnke
Cover art: Kenneth Rocafort

What it is: ‘RETURN TO DINOSAUR ISLAND’ part one! Father and Superson work on a science assignment with bizarre consequences that transports the pair along with Krypto to Dinosaur Island! Now, amid relics of World War II, Superman tries to keep Jon from the jaws of prehistoric predators! Worse, Kal-El can’t find a way to fly off the Island.

Why we like it: This cover embodies the eternal nature of Superman. He stands larger than life, his cape looming like a landscape behind the gleaming S on his chest.


That’s all I got this week. Until next time Carpe Comics!

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