The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – May 15, 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: Naomi #5

Publisher: DC
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Jamal Campbell

What it is: This is it! In this issue, all secrets are revealed! Who is Naomi? Where did she come from? What can she do? And what does it mean for the rest of the DC Universe? It’s the one you’ve been waiting for from Bendis, Walker and Campbell.

Why we love it: This series has been the biggest surprise hit from the Big Two this year and the Naomi hype train is in full effect. Don’t believe me? Check out how much her #1 issue is fetching on eBay these days. This issue promises to reveal her lineage as well as debut her super powers, and will likely be highly sought-out on Wednesday. Make sure you grab your copy early, or even better reserve one from your LCS.

The Mainstream One: Immortal Hulk #17

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Joe Bennett

What it is: Bruce Banner is trapped inside Shadow Base Site A – powerless and hunted by their top assassin. He can’t run forever. He can’t change form. He can’t survive…without THE IMMORTAL HULK. But not the one you think. Rated T+

Why we like it: When he first appeared during the 1960’s in Hulk #1, Bruce Banner would transform into a hulking monster when it was night time. The creature-of-the-night angle eventually gave way to the don’t-make-me-mad thene that we know today, but the original nocturnal monster angle was interesting because it made Hulk vulnerable. As powerful as he is Hulked up, get him in the sunlight, even artificial sunlight, and he’s back to being a just puny human.

The Indie One: Low #22

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Greg Toccini

What it is: ‘LAST EMBERS,’ Part Three (of Seven) Stel must decide whether to live her final days in a gilded cage or sink back into the black waters of despair in search of one final hope.

Why we like it: Oh Low, I just can’t quit you no matter how many times you break my heart. This is the final arc to the Low story so I’m holding out hope that there’s a happy ending at the conclusion. But probably not.

The #1 One: Last Stop on the Red Line

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Paul Maybury
Art: Sam Lofti

What it is: Detective Migdalia Torres investigates a vicious strangling on a Boston subway car with no feasible leads. As potential evidence produces dead ends, Migdalia inadvertently takes in a vagrant named Yusef who may have a supernatural connection to the crime at hand.

Why we like it: Spoiler alert, it’s Alewife.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Teen Titans #30

Publisher: DC
Adam Glass
Bernard Chang
Cover Art: Alex Garner

What it is: ‘The Terminus Agenda’ epilogue! Every decision has consequences, and after the shocking events of DEATHSTROKE #43 (trust us, you don’t want to miss it!) it’s time for Damian and the rest of the Teen Titans to take stock of what they’ve done. But the team barely has time to process before a new threat emerges in the form of Crush’s absentee father…Lobo!

Why we like it: I have a whole new level of respect for Red Arrow after what she did in Deathstroke #43. Alex Garner’s B variants for Teen Titans have been good but not all that great. I think this one is great.

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

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