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: Detective Comics #1001
Words: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Brad Walker
What it is: After 1,000 issues, you’d think Batman could finally have a break…but no: as a new era dawns, he’s facing the most dangerous threat of his career! The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core!
Why we love it: The Arkham Knight first appeared as a character in the eponymous Batman video game. The new, comic book version of the character was first introduced at the end of Detective Comics #1000 and makes his first full, in-continuity appearance this week.
The Mainstream One: Symbiote of Spider-man #1
Words: Peter David
Art: Greg Land
What it is: Everyone knows that Spider-Man’s infamous black suit would someday become the wicked web-slinger called Venom – but what happened BEFORE Peter Parker discovered the black suit’s sinister secret? Find out in this dynamic tale from comics legends PETER DAVID and GREG LAND! Set during the original ‘Black Suit Saga,’ this is an all-new tale that pits the wall-crawling wonder against that most mystifying of menaces…MYSTERIO! Rated T
Why we like it: The symbiote suit is a cornerstone of Spiderman mythos and fans will be stoked to hear more stories about its origins. I wonder if they will tell the one about how Marvel paid a kid a whopping $220 for creating the iconic costume design.
The Indie One: Low #21
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Greg Tocchini
What it is: ‘LAST EMBERS,’ Part Two (of Seven) Captured and placed on display as a curiosity of a dying world, Stel Caine must rekindle the glimmer of hope if humanity is to have any chance of surviving.
Why we like it: I really wish this series would be released on a more regular schedule. Issue #19 came out back in August of 2018. But I get it, Rick Remender is a busy man. Asides from writing half a dozen ongoing comics, he’s also been consulting on the Deadly Class television show. These months long, between arc hiatuses have been unpleasant to sit through, but Low has been so damn good that it’s worth the wait.
The #1 One: Web of Venom Cult of Carnage #1
Words: Frank Tieri
Art: Danilo Beyruth
What it is: A new terror has risen on the fringes of the Marvel Universe, stirring in the depths of space. But evil is also rising on Earth, claiming one victim at a time in the name of the killer called CARNAGE! Rated T+
Why we like it: And the winner for most unnecessarily long title in a comic series goes to…
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Savage Sword of Conan #4
Words: Gerry Duggan
Art: Ron Garney
Cover Art: Alex Ross
What it is: THE BATTLE FOR STYGIA! CONAN descends into a hidden labyrinth protected by an undead army and does battle with the forces of KOGA THUN! At stake – the fate of Stygia! Conan’s friend SUTY begins a shocking transformation as he discovers what MENES has been hiding about the mysterious treasure they’ve been hunting… PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new CONAN novella ‘THE SHADOW OF VENGEANCE’, begun in issue #1 of SAVAGE SWORD! Parental Advisory
Why we like it: Thank you oh Ross for this most badass Conan cover that we are about to receive.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!