The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – January 24, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. 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: Avengers #677 (Julian Tedesco variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Mark Waid
Art: Pepe Larraz

What it is: NO SURRENDER Part 3 NOW ON SALE WEEKLY! Quicksilver flamed out of the Avengers, leaving devastation in his wake. But now that it’s all hands on deck, is this his chance at redemption? Or will his hunger to prove himself be his downfall? Rated T+

Why we love it: Last week’s Avengers #676 was a surprise smash hit, who woulda thunk it? (Spoiler alert, I did). But the big question that is on everyone’s lips, who is Voyager? Seems like readers are digging this reality altering event that promises to re-write Avengers history, issue #676 sold out and is already going back for a second printing. While I don’t think #677 will sell out quickly, there seems to be a lot of interest here so make sure you secure your copy on Wednesday.

 The Mainstream One: Doomsday Clock #3

Publisher: DC
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Gary Frank

What it is: The story takes a turn in the third chapter of this 12-issue series you never thought you’d see, from writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank. RATED T+

Why we like it: At the end of Doomsday Clock issue #2, our protagonists from the Watchmen universe successfully traced Dr. Manhattan’s energy signature across the multiverse to what appears to be the main DC Universe. Worlds are literally colliding and I’m willing to bet that something special happens this week in the third issue of Doomsday Clock.

 The Indie One: Monstress #13

Publisher: Image
Words: Marjorie Liu
Art: Sana Takeda

What it is: Hugo Award-winning MONSTRESS returns with a new arc and an oversized issue! Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her life…is to make friends?

Why we like it: Monstress is finally back. Liu and Takeda sure are taking their sweet time telling this story, which is just fine by me when the quality of work is this good. But it’s hard to believe that more than two years since its release, we’re only on issue #13.


The #1 One: Legion #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Peter Milligan
Art: David Haller

What it is: Trauma Part 1 A mind-bending X-Men tale from the brains of Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade the Changing Man) and Wilfredo Torres (Moon Knight, Black Panther)! David Haller, the son of Professor Charles Xavier, has always had trouble containing the multiple personalities in his mind. And with each personality, comes a wild and dangerous mutant power. But now, a terrifying new personality is threatening to absorb these powers and take over David’s mind and body. In a desperate attempt to save himself, David seeks out the help of renowned young psychotherapist Hannah Jones to delve into his fractured mind and fight back this dark personality. But unknown to Legion….Dr Jones brings her own demons with her… Rated T+

Why we like it: I honestly don’t much about Legion except that he’s the son of Professor X, he’s crazy and his FX show is getting glowing reviews. The premise sounds cool and I’ve always had a perverse fascination with mental illness, so I’m willing to give this one a flip through on Wednesday.


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Marvel Two-in-one #2 (Dell’Otto variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Jim Cheung
Cover Art: Gabrielle Dell’Otto

What it is:  THE FATE OF THE FOUR Part 2 What is THE SECRET OF REED RICHARDS? And is it deep within MONSTER ISLAND? Ben and Johnny are the only ones who can uncover it, unless DOOM beats them to it! THE FATE OF THE FOUR continues here! Rated T

Why we like it: Dell’Otto does it again and I believe that this is a cover-price variant. Love the lighting effects used for Black Knight’s photon sword.


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

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