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: Extremity #12
Words and Art: Daniel Warren Johnson
What it is: SERIES FINALE In this extra-sized finale, the Paznina and Roto go to war, with Thea caught in the middle. But in war, there are no winners…
Why we love it: Extremity was such an unexpected delight that I was shocked to learn that it was ending after a scant 12 issues. There was enough world building for this to go on for 30 issues, easily. But creator Daniel Warren Johnson stated that he had a definitive end to his war story and we get to witness it all go down on Wednesday. Why does everything I love go away? Sigh…
The Mainstream One: Amazing Spider-man #797
Words: Dann Slott
Art: Stuart Immonen
What it is: GO DOWN SWINGING Part 1 The Green Goblin is back – and scarier than ever! Dan Slott has saved his most harrowing Spider-Man story for last as he and Stuart Immonen kick off the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story ten years in the making. Osborn got his crazy back and has a plan that’ll make all his past plans look like child’s play. Peter Parker and the people he loves (ALL of them) are in deep trouble. And who or what is the RED GOBLIN?! The only way Spider-Man survives is to GO DOWN SWINGING! Rated T
Why we like it: Marvel has been really milking the Red Goblin reveal. And just like Dan Slott’s run on ASM, it’s gone on way too long. He’s been teased for at least the last three issues and he still hasn’t made his full appearance. I’m guessing we won’t see him in all of his glory until issue #800, but maybe we get a cameo this week.
The Indie One: Gideon Falls #1
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Andrea Sorrentino
What it is: A brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling creative team of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow! The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith.
Why we like it: Jeff Lemire makes his triumphant return to Image with Gideon Falls and he’s bringing along Andrea Sorrentino. Their run on Marvel’s Old Man Logan was one of the highlights of Marvel’s All-New, All-Different campaign. I like Sorrentino’s expressive and atmospheric art, but his scratchy line work and use of washed out colors can make for confusing compositions. Still, I’ll read just about anything that Lemire writes and the buzz ahead of this book is solid. Don’t miss out on this one.
The #1 One: Oblivion Song #1
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Lorenzo De Felici
What it is: A decade ago, 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them, but after many years, they gave up. Nathan Cole…won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those still living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe…Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?
Why we like it: After Invincible ended it’s epic 100+ issue run, Kirkman wasted no time starting out on his next saga, Oblivion Song, which drops this week. There is a lot of excitement for this series premiere because a) it’s Kirkman and b) the advanced previews look amazing. The print run on this book is going to be massive, so don’t expect this #1 to raise to the levels of Walking Dead, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out what looks to be a seriously cool sci-fi book.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: She Hulk #163
Words: Mariko Tamaki
Art: Diego Olortegui
Cover Art: Rahzzah
What it is: JEN WALTERS MUST DIE Part 5 IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN!
Jen Walters has gone through some stuff. She’s fought golems made of rage and fear, faced monsters twice her size and won tough court battles. What’s next for Jen? Well…let’s find out. Rated T+
Why we like it: Between Luke Cage and She Hulk, Rahzzah has been putting out some sweet cover art. I believe #163 is the final issue of this She Hulk run. Last issues will typically have a small print run, so don’t sleep on this one if you like it. She will be back when Avengers gets rebooted in May, but that’s a whole other discussion for another time…
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!