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. And don’t forget that this weekend is Free Comic Book Day. So come on down to your local comic shop and score some free comics. Seriously, they’re free.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Savage Avengers #1
Words: Gerry Duggan
Art: Mike Deodato, David Finch
What it is: The most savage, most unkillable team of characters in the Marvel Universe is assembled! Wolverine! Venom! Elektra! Punisher! And in their midst – Conan the Barbarian! Conan has returned to the Marvel Universe and his new adventures begin here. What is the City of Sickles? Who is the Marrow God? How is the Hand involved? The roughest and most dangerous characters rumble through this new title starting with…Conan vs. Wolverine? ‘Nuff said. Rated T+
The Mainstream One: Batman #70
Words: Tom King
Art: Amanda Conner
What it is: In chapter one of “The Fall and the Fallen,” Batman escapes his Knightmares only to wind up in a whole other bad dream. He’s locked in Arkham Asylum with his worst enemies, and the only way to get out is to fight them all. It’s a gladiatorial game of madness and mayhem, all for the amusement of Bane!
The Indie One: Nobody is In Control #1 (of 4)
Publisher: Black Mask
Words: Patrick Kindlon
Art: Paul Tucker
What it is: When Richard sees a man run through his yard, he follows him out of concern. This deep in the woods, he must be lost… must be in trouble. Bust soon it’s Richard in peril, as this stranger drags him into a deep, twisted web of conspiracy going back hundreds of years.
The #1 One: DC’s Year of the Villain #1
Publisher: DC (duh)
Words: Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Art: Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul, Greg Capullo
What it is: Evil is winning! Lex Luthor and The Legion of Doom conspire with Cosmic Gods, bending mankind toward a dark destiny. Elsewhere, the scourge of Leviathan spreads unchecked, seizing power in every corner of the world. And all the while the Batman Who Laughs busies himself in the shadows, aligned with no one-yet with sinister plans for all. The carnage starts here as the badguys take center stage in ‘The Year of the Villain,’ the most treacherous event in DC Comics history. Some act with united goals, others with plans selfish and secret, every one of them on a monstrous collision course against Batman, Superman and the heroes of the DC Universe. And our heroes will fail us. Don’t miss the start of ‘The Year of the Villain,’ featuring the talents of writers Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, artists Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev and Francis Manapul and cover artist Greg Capullo-all for just $0.25!
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Dceased #1 (of 6)
Words: Tom Taylor
Art: Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Guadino, James Harren
Cover Art: Yasmine Putri
What it is: ‘I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was Death, and Hades was following close behind him.’-Revelation 6:8 A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction. The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends? New York Times best-selling writer Tom Taylor (INJUSTICE) returns with a terrifying new tale and is joined by artists Trevor Hairsine (LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT) and Stefano Gaudiano (The Walking Dead).
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!