The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – January 9, 2019

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. If you haven’t come by the new Great Stories location yet, what are you waiting for? Get on down here and check out our awesome new home. Every Wednesday is new comic book day, a perfect day to visit a comic shop near you, 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: Murder Falcon #4

Publisher: Image
Words and art: Daniel Warren Johnsom

What it is: The reunion tour of Brooticus gets off to a rough start as Magnum Khaos unleashes his monstrous minions on Chicago. Only the mighty musical attack of Murder Falcon and the band can turn the tide… but where is Jake when his friends need him the most?

Why we love it: It only took 3 issues for Murder Flacon to rock its way to the top of the pile. This series is so freaking metal, I love it. I’ll cop to the fact that the concept of a cyborg, falcon beast that draws its power from heavy metal music to fight fights demon monsters is sophmoric. But this book is so much fun to read and it has a ton of heart. Can’t recommend this series enough.

The Mainstream One: Thor #9

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jason Aaron
Art: Michael Del Mundo

What it is: MEET EARTH’S NEWEST DEFENDER: ROZ SOLOMON! With S.H.I.E.L.D. gone, Roz Solomon has been left adrift in a world full of homeless gods and mislaid hammers. Now this Asgardian ally is about to take on a surprising new role – and make a million new enemies. For the War of the Realms is coming…and the invasion of Earth may have already begun. Cue the Frost Giants! Rated T+

Why we like it:  Roz is a favorite minor character of mine, and I’m happy to see her getting a featured story. Originally an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. until it disbanded, Roz recently became an agent of Wakanda and she probably got her hands on some of that sweet Wakanda armor and weaponry.

The Indie One: Die #2

Publisher: Image
Words: Kieron Gillen
Art: Stephanie Hans

What it is: ‘FANTASY HEARTBREAKER,’ Part Two Remember last time, when we said ‘Goth Jumanji’? As the bleak, austere fantasy-horror ramps up, we start underlining the word ‘Goth’ in black marker until we cut a hole through the page.

Why we like it: Issue #1 was good enough to warrant a second. I was pleasantly surprised that the story was a lot more creepy and horror tinged than expected.

The #1 One: Young Justice #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Brian Bendis
Art: Patrick Gleason

What it is: Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They’re all united in YOUNG JUSTICE #1, the debut issue of a brand-new series that also introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex! When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation-but they’re shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy! This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC! As if that weren’t enough, Bendis reunites with all-star artist Patrick Gleason (SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, GREEN LANTERN CORPS) to bring the new heroes of DC’s Wonder Comics to life!

Why we like it: DC’s newest team of teen derivatives. Normally I wouldn’t care but the new #1 from the latest volume of Young Justice has a few things going for it. It is being written by the  literary wizard Brian Michael Bendis and it introduces two new characters, Jinny Hex and Teen Lantern.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #4

Publisher: Marvel
Seanan MacGuire
Rosi Campi
Cover Art: Bengal

What it is: In the aftermath of SPIDER-GEDDON, Gwen Stacy has a unique ability all her own – one that will set her apart from other Spiders for years to come. But with that unique power, there will also come a unique – and grave – responsibility. One that Gwen will have no choice but to bear alone… Rated T

Why we like it: In a week where both Alex Ross and Adam Hughes have covers for Captain Marvel #1, French artist Bengal takes home the coveted Cover of the Week award with this striking scene. I just love the colors and composition on this cover and can’t wait to get it up on my wall.


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

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