The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving 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: Web of Venom Carnage Born #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Denilo Beyruth

What it is: Join DONNY CATES as he continues to snake his tendrils through the VENOM mythos – this time visiting the sickening sociopath called CARNAGE! A cruel cannibal obsessed with death and murder, few mourned Cletus Kasady after he seemingly died in VENOMIZED. But now a cult devoted to the madman has gathered, hoping to resurrect their fallen idol and return his madness to the Marvel Universe… Rated T+

Why we love it: Donny Cates is almost certain to be nominated for a best writer Eisner for his run on Venom, and he’s got a legit shot at winning it too. You’d be crazy not to check out what he’s got cooked up for Carnage.

The Mainstream One: Spider-man Edge of Spider-verse #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Ralph Macchio
Art: Flaviano

What it is: STEP INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE WITH A CADRE OF SPIDER-HEROES! With his ability to traverse the Multiverse, SPIDER-MAN assembles a team to track down a loose end from his past: the fate of the mighty GOG! Get ready for the upcoming film with this standalone adventure featuring some of your favorite Spider-Heroes: PETER PARKER! MILES MORALES! SPIDER-HAM! SPIDER-GWEN! SPIDER-PUNK! Also featuring a special presentation of SPIDER-MAN (2016) #1 – Miles Morales’ first adventure in the Prime Marvel Universe!

Why we like it: I’m excited to see Miles, Gwen and Ham swing their way onto the big screen. The trailer looks great and I hope the movie is a hit. And in case you were wondering, no the book was not written by THAT Ralph Macchio.

The Indie One: Black Hammer Age of Doom#7

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Rich Tommaso

What it is: As Colonial Weird tries to figure out the new world hes found himself on, the character’s hes met explain not only their origins, but potentially the origins of all things. Weird’s time is running out, and the events of this issue will change the way he sees the world forever!

Why we like it: Black Hammer was recently optioned and remains awesome. Not enough of you are reading this heartbreaking deconstruction of tights and capes superheroes.

The #1 One: Middlewest #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Skottie Young
Art: Jorge Corona

What it is: The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. Mistakes have been made, and in this NEW ONGOING SERIES, an unwitting adventurer searches for answers to quell a coming storm that knows his name. From author SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND, Deadpool) and artist JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, Feathers, Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack) comes the tale of Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family’s history.

Why we like it: After a long and successful career drawing baby variants and making silly comics like I Hate Fairyland and  Bully Wars, it’s refreshing to see Skottie Young attempt something serious. He is one of the unique talents in the industry, but I’m still waiting for a masterpiece from him.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Justice League #12  (Parillo variant)

Publisher: DC
James Tynion IV
Frazer Irving
Cover Art: Louis Parillo

What it is: ‘DROWNED EARTH’ part three! It’s Batman, in a full-body cast, versus the Legion of Doom! Get a ringside seat for the craziest fight in comics as a bedridden Batman battles The Joker, Lex Luthor, Gorilla Grodd and Sinestro! Meanwhile, Aquaman locks tridents with Poseidon and Mera discovers an ancient secret that could change the fate of Atlantis-and the entire Earth-forever!

Why we like it: Parillo put so much detail into this cover, you can see the pruney wrinkles on Aquaman’s fingers.


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

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