The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – March 13, 2019

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: Batman the Grim Knight #1 (Dell’Otto variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Eduardo Risso

What it is: Ripped from Batman’s greatest nightmares, the Grim Knight is his world’s most dangerous vigilante, unafraid to use any weapon and go to any lengths to stop those whom he deems worthy of death. Trained with the finest arsenal Wayne money can buy, learn the secret origin of the second-deadliest Batman, hand selected by the Batman Who Laughs to bring his dark plans to fruition. This one-shot has a big 28-page story!

Why we love it: We all know that “no guns” is one of Batman’s hard fast rules, but what if it wasn’t? That’s the basic hook of the Grim Knight. The Grim Knight is what could have happened if Joe Chill had dropped his gun in Crime Alley and Bruce Wayne picked it up. Undoubtedly a Batman with guns and without moral qualms about killing would be a thousand times more effective at stopping crime. He’s not the hero that we deserve, but maybe he’s the hero that we need.

The Mainstream One: Avengers No Road Home #5 (of 10)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Sean Izaakse

What it is: THE ALL-NEW WEEKLY AVENGERS EVENT CONTINUES! As the Scarlet Witch works to escape Nyx’s prison of darkness, the Hulk takes on Hypnos, Lord of Sleep, in the realm of Nightmare! LEGACY #712 Rated T+

Why we like it: Conan the Barbarian joins the Marvel universe and meets the Avengers.

The Indie One: Murder Falcon #6

Publisher: Image
Words and Art: Daniel Warren Johnson

What it is: For those about to shred, we salute you! Magnum Khaos is one step closer to enslaving our planet, and the only hope for Brooticus lies within the newest member of the band!

Why we like it: Only 3 issues left in this mini/maxi series. Every issue has rocked so far, so I’m sticking around until the curtain comes down.

The #1 One: Little Bird #1 (of 5)

Publisher: Image
Words: Darcy Van Poelgeest
Art: Ian Bertram

What it is: MINISERIES PREMIERE! Director/screenwriter DARCY VAN POELGEEST boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to IAN BERTRAM’s breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries LITTLE BIRD. With the same limitless scope as a new EAST OF WEST or SAGA and the drama and surrealism of Akira, LITTLE BIRD follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire.

Why we like it: I think it’s funny how the solicit compares the “limitless scope” of this series with seminal sci-fi epics like East of West and Saga, and then they turn around and release a 5-issue mini series. How limitless can the scope be if you can cram it all into under 100 pages? The previews look cool though:

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: X-23 #10 (Inhyuk Lee variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Mariko Tamaki
Diego Olortegui
Cover Art: Inhyuk Lee

What it is: The mystery behind X-Assassin revealed! What will Laura and Gabby do when they come face-to-face with an army of genetically altered assassins? Gabby’s life will forever change after this! Rated T+

Why we like it: Inhyuk Lee is one of Marvel’s rising stars in the cover art department. This is one of his best compositions to date. Still don’t understand why this is on the cover of X-23’s book, especially when there’s a Spiderman book out this week, but I digress.


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

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