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: Doomsday Clock #9 (of 12)
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Gary Frank
What it is: The critically acclaimed series by master storytellers Geoff Johns and Gary Frank reaches its most shocking chapter yet when the DC Universe collides with its greatest threat: Dr. Manhattan. But nothing is hidden from Manhattan, and the secrets of the past, present and future will rock the very foundation of the DC Universe.
Why we love it: We’re into endgame with Doomsday Clock. The every other month release schedule has really been killing the flow of the narrative, but every issue has been phenomenal.
The Mainstream One: Star Wars Vader Dark Visions #1 (of 5)
Words: Dennis Hopeless
Art: Paolo Villanelli
What it is: WHO IS DARTH VADER? He has been many things: a SITH warrior, a commander, a destroyer. DARTH VADER is to many throughout the GALACTIC EMPIRE a symbol of fear and mysterious, otherworldly power. But there are some who have seen the DARK LORD in a different light. There are some corners of the galaxy so dark and desperate that even Vader can be a knight in shining armor. The first issue of a new STAR WARS limited series, writer Dennis Hopeless (CLOAK AND DAGGER, JEAN GREY) sheds new light on the many sides of the galaxy’s greatest villain. Rated T
Why we like it: Need something to fill that Empire sized hole in your life since Darth Vader ended in December? Fear not because while his ongoing series ends, Vader’s legacy expands with a brand new mini series with brand new tales from the dark side.
The Indie One: Once Our Land 2 #1
Publisher: Scout Comics
Words and Art: Peter Ricq
What it is: Giant-sized first issue! The long-awaited sequel to the post-apocalyptic break-out hit! Set in 1830’s Germany where creatures from another world have conquered our land. Six years have passed since Ingrid and Fritz have ventured out of their hometown. After their long search for other survivors, they finally make their discovery. The problem is, the survivors are worse than the monsters that roam the land. A fantasy, sci-fi, action, period piece rolled into one epic package. A tale for little and big ones.
Why we like it: The first volume of Once Our Land was a delightfully illustrated, albeit short, adventure. I’m excited for this follow up and I hear that there’s an animated film in the works as well.
The #1 One: Black Hammer ’45 #1
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Ray Fawkes
What it is: From the World of Black Hammer comes a truly gripping tale of war and intrigue! During the Golden Age of superheroes, an elite Air Force crew called the Black Hammer Squadron was formed to fight the Axis powers. Facing occult threats from the German side, this team must save a family of scientists from the Nazi’s. But the mysterious and dangerous Ghost Hunter is hot on their trail.
Why we like it: If you haven’t read Black Hammer yet, I would describe it as a book about super heroes that isn’t a super hero book. The characters and events in Black Hammer are so bizarre and intriuging that it elevates above the standard capes and tights tropes.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Immortal Hulk #14
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Kyle Hotz
Cover Art: Alex Ross
What it is: Betty Ross is going through a lot. She’s having a family crisis. Her employers won’t pick up the phone. And at her door is the husband she thought was dead. But Bruce Banner hasn’t come alone. He’s brought the IMMORTAL HULK. Rated T+
Why we like it: Immortal Hulk has consistently been one of the best selling, best reviewed comics published in the past year. To top it of, Alex Ross is on cover art duty and he’s doing some of his finest work in years. Easy pick.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!