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 #8 (of 9)
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann
What it is: You’ve seen all the clues. You’ve heard the testimony and eavesdropped on the secret confessions of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Now, with the killer revealed, it’s time to find out why. What could have driven a hero to the brink, to turn a savior into a murderer? Rifts will form between old allies, and the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman will have their leadership challenged and will question their own judgment. Sanctuary has become something they never imagined…and it’s still potentially carrying on without them!
The Mainstream One: Thanos #1 (of 6)
Words: Tini Howard
Art: Ariel Olivetti
What it is: THANOS IS DEAD! Executed by the deadliest assassin in the galaxy…his daughter, Gamora. But before their relationship came to a bloody end, how did it begin? Find out in this all new miniseries by Tini Howard (MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH and AGE OF CONAN: BELIT) and Ariel Olivetti (DEATH OF THE INHUMANS)! Parental Advisory
The Indie One: Spawn #296
Words: Todd McFarlane
Art: Jason Sean Alexander
What it is: NEW STORY ARC ‘THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF AL SIMMONS,’ Part One The road to SPAWN’s record-setting 300th issue BEGINS HERE!!! Witness the secrets of Al Simmons’ past, present and future!!! Every hero! Every villain! Revisit Spawn’s legend in an epic, wide-screen story from critically acclaimed illustrator, JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, and legendary creator, TODD McFARLANE!
The #1 One: Ascender #1
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Dustin Nguyen
What it is: ‘THE HAUNTED GALAXY,’ Part One Powerhouse creative team JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN launch an all-new sequel series to DESCENDER with the launch of ASCENDER! Set ten years after the conclusion of DESCENDER’s storyline, magic has taken the place of machinery and the rules are very different indeed… Mila, the daughter of Andy and Effie from DESCENDER, spends her days exploring the lonely wilds of the planet Sampson and trying to stay out of the clutches of the evil disciples of the all-powerful vampire witch known only as Mother. But, like her parents, Mila doesn’t like to play by the rules, and when a certain robot pal of her dad’s shows up, nothing will ever be the same! With all the scope and heart of the sci-fi classic DESCENDER, LEMIRE and NGUYEN reunite to take readers on an unforgettable fantasy quest!
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Fantastic Four #9
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Aaron Kudor
Cover Art: Bill Sienkiewicz
What it is: ‘WHAT PRICE VICTORY?’ One cruel act will forever change the relationship between the Fantastic Four and Victor Von Doom. The fate of Latveria and of the world and the balance of Cosmic Power in the Universe all rests on one decision! All will be revealed in the terrifying final chapter of ‘Herald of Doom’! Rated T
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!