Greetings comic book boys and girls and welcome back for another episode of the Crank File, the only place on the web that don’t crank much, ’cause real cranksta ass readers know we got it. We are back, and damn it feels good to be a cranksta! How’s everyone doing? I hope you were able to find good stuff to read while I was away. If not, fear not, for I have returned to share with you which books I’m checking out at the stands every week. For those of you wondering where I’ve been for the last two months, I recently purchased a house and have been in full-on project mode. Between scraping layers of wallpaper, smashing bathtubs and hanging sheet rock, there just wasn’t a lot of time for comics. Now that the renovations are nearing completion, and I can finally get back to my favorite distraction. Just in time, because I desperately need a distraction. So without further adieu…
Here’s what I’m reading this week.
The Top of the Pile: All Star Batman #6
Words: Scott Snyder
What it is: ‘Cold to the Core’! Batman travels to Alaska to confront Mr. Freeze as he attempts to extract the world’s oldest ice core and bring humanity to a new Ice Age!
Why we love it: Growing up with the Batman Animated Series, Mr. Freeze was my favorite minor Batman villain. In a lot of ways he was like Batman, just a man in an elaborate suit avenging the death of someone loved. And he also carried a badass icebeam cannon. So I’m stoked to see him back in action and by the looks of the handsom ice armor Batman is sporting on the cover, Freeze will be in his element. The second All Star Batman arc is being brought to us by the creative dream team of Snyder and Jock, who have already carved out a memorable Batman run together during their Black Mirror arc (Tec issues 871-880).
The Mainstream One: Spider-man #12 (Isanove Variant)
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Sara Pichelli
What it is: THIS IS IT! THE MOMENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! THE KISS HEARD ROUND THE WORLD! The two most talked about heroes give us something new to talk about in this Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen crossover. How did Miles and Gwen get here?!
Why we like it: I love Miles and Gwen, but feel like Marvel just pulled this PR stunt with Lady Thor and Black Cap. You’d figure an interracial kiss wouldn’t move the needle in the 21st century, but this book’s stirring up some early of buzz. The 1:25 Isanove variant sizzles and that all black cover will make it hard to find in high grade. Grab it if you see it.
The Indie One: Motor Crush #2
Words: Brendan Fletcher
Art: Babs Tarr
What it is: Domino confronts her father about the ‘machine narcotic’ Crush, and is forced to put her life on the line to save an old flame from danger.
Why we like it: Motor Crush is punk rock on motorcycles, fast, aggressive and non-stop action. Issue #1 was a great read. The art was kinetic and the layouts were exploding with detail. It definitely brought back memories of playing Road Rash in my friend’s basement after school. Speed and violence, always a crowd pleaser.
The #1 One: Red Sonja #1 (Camuncoli variant)
Words: Amy Chu
Art: Carlos Gomez
What it is: A new chapter for the Queen of the Hyrkanian Age. Our favorite warrior has faced the toughest of demons, foes and strange magic, but nothing has prepared this 6 ft. tall barbarian for the modern world. Emerging from a subway construction site in New York City, confronted by cops and guns, Sonja fights for her survival in a new and hostile world. Is she here by accident or by design?
Why we like it: Amy Chu caught my attention with her Poison Ivy mini-series, Cycle of Life and Death, and I’m interested to see how she handles another of my favorite female characters. Here she’s giving Red Sonja the woman-out-of-time treatment, and swords and sorcery will collide with the modern world. J.Scott Cambell fans will be all over cover B, but I’m digging the Camuncoli variant.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Star Wars Poe Dameron #10 (Immonen variant)
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Phil Noto
Cover Art: Stuart Immonen
What it is: Poe and Threepio’s covert mission comes to an end! Can they escape with their informant intact? Or will Terex’s past come back to haunt them?
Why we like it: I just watched Rogue One and it feels like I’m seeing this classic image with new eyes. A beautiful tribute to her worshipfulness. Force be with you, Princess. Close runner-up was Ben Oliver’s Bat-Woman cover for Detective Comics #948
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!