The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving comic book fans and welcome to a turktacular episode of the Crank File. Thursday is turkey day but every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Doomsday Clock #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Gary Frank

What it is: DC Comics presents to you a 12-issue maxiseries from the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank and colorist Brad Anderson. You are not prepared for what lies ahead within these pages, good readers.

Why we love it: It’s DC Rebirth, it’s Watchmen and it’s being orchestrated by one of the most talented comic book writers of our generation. DC’s been pumping up Doomsday clock all year, so I expect this event to be hy-uge. Hyuge.

  The Mainstream One: Thanos #13

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Geoff Shaw

What it is: THANOS WINS Part 1 Ask the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe how they fear the universe will end, and in their most honest moment, they will answer with two words… THANOS WINS. Now… see what happens when he does. PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Parental Advisory

Why we like it: Like Lemire before him, I really hope Marvel gives Donny Cates free reign on this title to do something special. Mr. Cates is already shaking up the status quo over on Doctor Strange, handing over the title of Sorcerer Supreme to Loki of all people and resigning Dr. Stephen Strange to a veterinary clinic. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what surprises he has in store for The Mad Titan.

The Indie One: Redneck #7

Publisher: Image
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Lissandro Estherren

What it is: ‘THE EYES UPON YOU’ kicks off with the Bowmans lying low from the law with a new member of the family in tow. But there are rules to being a vampire…and when the rules are broken, the family will surely suffer…

Why we like it: Donny Cates makes his second appearance on the list with Redneck #7. I love the dialogue in this book and even the scratchy artwork has grown on me. The trade paper back for volume 1 came out a few weeks ago, a great way for to get caught up in this Southern Fried vampire story.

  The #1 One: Void Trip #1 (of 5)

Publisher:  Image
Words: Ryan O’Sullivan
Art: Plaid Klaus

What it is: From writer RYAN O’SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat), comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They’re low on fuel, they’re low on food, and they’re low on psychedelic space froot, but they’re still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria. This is the story of their journey, the friends and enemies they made along the way, and how the universe responded to those who dared to live freely within it.

Why we like it: Sounds like the creators are channeling a hippie pilgrimage to Haight-Ashbury. I really enjoyed Plaid Klaus’ web series Psychonauts, a comedic web-strip that revolved around the mis-adventures of a couple of stoners. I hope that he brings the same level of humor and psychedelic art to Void Trip.

  The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Luke Cage #167

Publisher: Marvel
Words: David Walker
Art: Guillermo Sanna
Cover Art: Rahzzah

What it is: CAGED Part 2. Luke Cage is back in the one place he never wanted to be. With his mind mangled, Luke grasps for any foothold he can find. Which is hard, as… This is no ordinary prison… Rated T+

Why we like it: Simple, stark and effective. This reminds me of David Aja’s cover run on Scarlett Witch. If you’re into retailer exclusives, I’m also picking up a copy of Metal #5 from Bulletproof comix, with an amazing Dell Otto cover of the Batman Who Laughs. You need to check that one out here:


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

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