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: Heroes in Crisis #6 (of 9)
Words: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads
What it is: Get a deeper look into the inner workings of Sanctuary. When heroes visited the facility, they relived their trauma through virtual reality, contending with the events that brought them there in the hope of reaching a meaningful resolution. That is, until the trauma took over and escalated these personal events into a full-blown crisis! Find out what pushed one of the superheroes over the edge and how it broke the machine. This special issue reunites the Eisner Award-winning MISTER MIRACLE team of writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads! RATED T+
Why we love it: HiC has been good, though not great so far. The enticing murder mystery surrounding who killed everyone at sanctuary is constantly being interrupted by these confessional pages which show characters speaking candidly to a camera about the damage being a superhero has inflicted upon them. There are moments of clarity and truth that shine through, but the pacing in these middle issues has been off. Still good enough to make it to the top of the pile on a slow week.
The Mainstream One: Daredevil #2
Words: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Marco Checchetto
What it is: CLASSIFIED Rated T+
Why we like it: Daredevil has been one of Marvel’s most consistently solid series on the stands since Charles Soule took over writing duties. Chip Zdarsky is following up on a run that saw the shake up of DD’s status quo, and he’s keeping a lot of these interesting plot developments, like the newly elected mayor Wilson Fisk, and running with it. I guess you could say he’s running with the devil?
The Indie One: Mage the Hero Denied #15 of 15
Words and art: Matt Wagner
What it is: SERIES FINALE! This is it: the grand finale that’s 35 years in the making!
Why we like it: Hard to believe that Matt Wagner began publishing Mage, his allegorical autobiographical told through the lens of Authorian fantasy, independently 35 years ago. Although Mage hasn’t been in continual publication (it took several, years-long breaks in between volumes) its longevity and Wagner’s commitment to the story is admirable. This magnum opus draws to a close and while not the best time to jump on, it’s a great time to start from the beginning.
The #1 One: Forgotten Queen #1
Words: Tini Howard
Art: Amilcar Pinna
What it is: Long ago, the mighty generals of the Mongol Empire rode from Siberia to Carpathia and conquered all who stood in their way. Legends tell of a witch who walked with them, who could infect the hearts of any warriors in her midst with an unquenchable thirst for battle and bloodshed… a War Monger. And now she is walking again. This winter, an ancient evil will stir as rising star writer Tini Howard (Captain America Annual #1, Assasinistas) and powerhouse artist Amilcar Pinna (Generation X) unleash hell in a brand-new saga of honor, love, and savagery that’s centuries in the making!
Why we like it: Slow week for number ones this week. Hello Valiant my old friend…
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Rose #17
Words: Meredith Finch
Art: Ig Guara
Cover Art: Jeff Shultz
What it is: SERIES FINALE! It all comes down to this! The future of Ttereve hangs in the balance. Don’t miss the epic final showdown between noble Guardian and evil queen.
Why we like it: “We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” – Bill Waterson
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!