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: The Flash #71
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Scott Kollins, Dan Mora
What it is: ‘The Flash Year One’ continues! Barry Allen struggles to control his powers as he experiments with his newfound abilities. When one of his tests lands him in a mess, he’ll come face to face with his first villains!
Why we love it: Joshua Williamson set the table with an awesome opening issue to his Flash Year One arc. Love the story so far, the artwork is uber good. Definitely check this out.
The Mainstream One: Shuri #8
Words: Nnedi Okorafor
Art: Rachael Stott, Kirbi Fagan
What it is: SHURI TAKES UP THE BLACK PANTHER MANTLE ONCE AGAIN! Nnedi Okorafor returns alongside rising star artist Rachael Stott with a brand-new arc! But this is a Black Panther you’ve never seen before – one who will change Wakanda forever. Something has stolen pieces of the Djalia, the plane of Wakandan memory, and it’s up to the Princess of Wakanda to save it. But for every piece of the Djalia lost, a piece of Shuri disappears as well. Will a new suit be enough to save herself and her nation? Rated T
Why we like it: I know that Shuri has suited up as the Black Panther before in the past, but sounds like she’s got a brand new suit this time around. Will be interesting to see what Shuri has hidden up her claws.
The Indie One: Monstress #22
Words: Marjorie Liu
Art: Sana Takeda
What it is: Maika is forced to rethink her entire past and future when she finds herself in the center of a dangerous conspiracy against the Known World.
Why we like it: Just in case you forgot, Monstress is still incredible and remains one of the most popular Image books currently being published.
The #1 One: Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls One Shot
Publisher: Kevin Eastman Studios
Words: Kevin Eastman
Art: Troy Little
What it is: From the pages of Drawing Blood and the mind of Kevin Eastman comes the story-inside-the-story: the indie comic about three crime-fighting mutant cats which launched the Ragdolls franchise in 1992, and kicked off Ragdolls-mania! See where it all began, in this thrilling one-shot from co-creators Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and David Avallone (Elvira, Bettie Page).
Why we like it: Tying into the other comic releasing from Kevin Eastman Studios this week, Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls appears to be some sort of meta joke that plays on TMNT and Drawing Blood.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Venom #14
Words: Cullen Bunn
Art: Iban Coello
Cover Art: Max Lim
What it is: WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! Chaos reigns as Malekith’s campaign to take over the Nine Realms sweeps through Manhattan. With desperate battles raging all around them to quell Malekith’s horde, Venom has teamed up with an unlikely group to try to stop Malekith…or die trying. Rated T+
Why we like it: We love symbiotes, especially the ones that look like they are wet for some reason.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!