The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – July 12, 2017

Hey there comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. I’m happy to report that Spider-man Homecoming was a terrific movie from start to finish. Minor plot missteps aside, it was the most fun I’ve had watching a super-hero movie in a long time, maybe ever. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesday I like to spotlight some of the cool stuff that I will be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:



The Top of the Pile: Dark Days: The Casting #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Jim Lee

What it is: The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss?

Why we love it: The Forge came out a few weeks ago and it was a dense read. If you’re weren’t well versed in DC history and lore, you probably had more than a few head scratching moments. It was easy to miss the dots that DC appears to be connecting with their Dark Days event, but still, it was successful in building intrigue. Add to that an all-star creative team and I have enough reasons to move The Casting to the top of my read pile on a relatively light Wednesday.



The Mainstream One: Weapon X #5

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Greg Land

What it is: ‘WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION’ PART THREE! The mysterious new director of the reformed Weapon X program has assessed the data from their latest Adamantium cyborg attack and the results look good? They are ready for the next stage of their plan to eradicate all of mutantkind! Warpath and Domino follow leads into a remote part of the Midwest but what vicious secrets will they find hidden in a sleepy gated community? Rated T+

Why we like it: The first two installments of the Weapons of Mutant Destruction (WMD) cross-over were excellent. The WMD story is being told across 3 titles: Weapon X, Totally Awesome Hulk and Weapons of Mass Destruction, all written by the uber talented Greg Pak. I’m totally stoked to see what the Pak-man has in store for us this week. What are the two most terrifying words in the Marvel Universe? Hulk snikt!



The Indie One: Calexit #1

Publisher: Black Mask
Words: Matt Pizzolo
Art: Amancay Nahuelpan

What it is: What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1…a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California’s LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled? From the creators of YOUNG TERRORISTS, Matteo Pizzolo (GODKILLER) and Amancay Nahuelpan (CLANDESTINO), comes this tale of resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.

Why we like it: Not much from the indies this week. Two Black Mask alums make up the creative team behind Calexit, which has a plot that straddles the fine line between reality and fiction. Pizzolo’s Young Terrorist would have made many best-of lists had it not been for unexcusably long delays between issues, and I was digging Amancay Nahuelpan (pronounced Aman-kay Na-well-pan) work on Clandestino before ending after just 6-issues. Hopefully we get more with Calexit and hopefully we get it on time.



The #1 One: Spider-men II #1 (Saiz connecting variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Sara Pichelli

What it is: THIS IS IT, TRUE BELIEVERS! The moment five years in the making is finally here! The first time Peter Parker and Miles Morales met ended with a question – WHO IS THE MILES MORALES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE?! Now that the Miles you know and love is with Peter in the Marvel Universe, you’re finally going to get that answer to who the OTHER Miles Morales is! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli bring you the next heart-stopping adventure for both Peter Parker and Miles Morales! Rated T+

Why we like it: I didn’t even know that there was another Miles Morales in the Marvel Universe… Looking forward to this one solely based on the strength of Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli’s current run on Spider-man. The regular cover is ugly in my opinion, but fortunately there are a few variant covers for this issue that stand out, my favorites being the Daniel Acuna variant and the Jesus Saiz connecting variant.


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Flash #26

Publisher: DC
Words: Joshua Middleton
Art: Howard Porter
Cover Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico

What it is: ‘RUNNING SCARED’ part two! Barry Allen and Iris West witness a chilling vision of the future courtesy of the Reverse-Flash, who reveals the couple’s legendary romance will yield only darkness for the world of tomorrow. Now, Thawne forces The Flash to make a choice: spend forever alone or doom the future?

Why we like it: My favorite cover this week is another regular cover from DC. DC’s been killing it, putting out top-notch cover art without resorting to high-ratio incentive variants. DC, I thank you and my wallet thanks you.


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

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