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 #9 (of 9)
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann, Mitch Gerads
What it is: The most-talked-about miniseries of the year reaches its stunning finale! The mystery behind the murders at Sanctuary is solved, but the mind behind it is one the heroes never expected. With their deepest secrets exposed, the Trinity has to consider how to carry on. Should the tragedy cause them to redouble their efforts to help their hurting comrades, or will they need to close up shop? The answers will be found in the ashes of this final showdown, and the fates of Booster Gold, Harley Quinn and the rest hang in the balance.
The Mainstream One: Doomsday Clock #10 (of 12)
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Gary Frank
What it is: This stunning issue of the critically acclaimed hit maxiseries reveals the secrets behind Dr. Manhattan and his connection to the DC Universe.
The Indie One: Spawn #297
Words: Todd McFarlane
Art: Jason Shawn Alexander
What it is: ‘THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF AL SIMMONS,’ Part Two: The history of Spawn continues as Al Simmons’ war with Heaven and Hell is brought to light. TODD McFARLANE and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER continue their exploration of the epic SPAWN saga, leading to the recording-setting 300th issue!
The #1 One: Batman: Last Knight on Earth
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo
What it is: Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane. And…he was never Batman. So begins this sprawling tale of the Dark Knight as he embarks on a quest through a devastated DC landscape featuring a massive cast of familiar faces from the DC Universe. As he tries to piece together the mystery of his past, he must unravel the cause of this terrible future and track down the unspeakable force that destroyed the world as he knew it… From the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the team that reinvented Batman from the emotional depths of ‘Court of Owls’ to the bombastic power of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, DC Black Label is proud to present the bimonthly, three-issue miniseries BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH, published at DC’s standard comic trim size. This could be the last Batman story ever told…
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Age of X-Man X-tremist #4
Words: Leah Williams
Art: Georges Jeanty
Cover Art: Razzah
What it is: THE AGE OF X-MAN CONTINUES! Northstar – the guiding light that keeps the traveler reassured they are going in the right direction. If only the name rang true for poor Jean-Paul… Rated T+
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!