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: Detective Comics #991
Words: James Robinson
Art: Carmine Giandomenico
What it is: Batman’s newest partner…Two-Face? As Harvey Dent’s persona asserts fragile control over the villain’s psyche, the Dark Knight, Commissioner Gordon and their ally-turned-enemy-turned-ally must work together to stop Kobra’s terrorist attack against Gotham City.
Why we love it: Unlike other members in Batman’s rogues gallery, Harvey Dent was and until this day remains a friend of Bruce Wayne’s, which makes Batman/Two Face stories more dynamic. While Bats is content with battering most of his enemies into submission, he takes a different approach with Two Face, always trying to appeal to the good man trappee inside. It’s a weakness that Two Face is aware of and one that he has been able to exploit. I enjoyed writer James Robinson’s “Batman: Face to Face” and look forward to more of his takes on the Batman-Two Face relationship.
The Mainstream One: Return of Wolverine #2
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Steve McNiven
What it is: Logan is alive again – let’s see if he can stay that way! Parental Advisory
Why we like it: The first issue was intriguing but raised a lot more questions than it answered. I’m just waiting for an explanation for the heat claws. Seriously, wtf is up with those?
The Indie One: Redneck #16
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Lissandro Estherrem
What it is: Let’s go to prison! What does a state penitentiary’s most famous inmate have to do with the Bowman family? And what secret is Greg hiding from his dad?
Why we like it: Donny Cates has been on a tear this year. Seems like everything he touched at Marvel turned gold, and his breakout indie series God Country was recently picked up for a media deal. I loved God Country and featured it on the Crank File multiple times, but I honestly think Redneck would be a better property for TV development. It’s a Southern-fried vampire story filled with buckets of violence and engaging characters, sort of like True Blood before it went all faeries.
The #1 One: Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #1 (Jee Hyung varaint)
Words: Seanan McGuire
Art: Rosi Kampe
What it is: A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN! What? You thought we were done with Gwen Stacy after the first two landmark volumes of her series?! GET OUTTA HERE. It’s a whole new spin on Gwen and her world of Earth-65, brought to you by none other than SEANAN MCGUIRE & ROSI K?MPE! We pick up with Gwen right where we left her – fighting crime through her home reality, unaware that it sits on the precipice of interdimensional calamity! Someone’s gonna be late to band practice? Rated T+
Why we like it: This is already the 3rd Spider-Gwen #1 since her character first appeared in 2014. Last time she got a #1 was because of Marvel’s Secret Wars reboot, this time it seems just to officially designate her new code-name, Ghost Spider. This name change was a inevitable since she couldn’t call herself Spider-Gwen without someone eventually figuring out her secret identity. There are a bunch of variants for this #1, including a nice ArtGerm, but the Jee Hyung variant shown here is the best of the lot.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Moon Knight #200 (Sienkiewicz remastered variant)
Words: Max Bemis
Art: Paul Davidson
Cover Art: Bill Sienkiewicz
What it is: DARKEST NIGHT! MARC SPECTOR comes face-to-face with his demons! Old enemies return! It’s a celebration of 200 issues of the multifaceted MOON KNIGHT with an oversized anniversary issue you’d be crazy to miss! Rated T+
Why we like it: Sienkiewicz goes back-to-back, with best cover of the week honors two weeks in a row. If you compare his Venom annual cover from last week to this week’s remastered variant (meaning this is recycled artwork from his 1981 Moon Knight run), you can really appreciate the breadth of Sienkiewicz’s artistic talent.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!