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: Dceased #2 (of 6)
Words: Tom Taylor
Art: Trevor Hairsine
What it is: Millions are dying every minute. Heroes and villains alike are falling. Can the Justice League unite to find a way to stop the spread of death? Can they save humanity from extinction? Can they even save themselves? The key to survival may hinge on the last moments of one of the World’s Finest Heroes… RATED T+
Why we love it: The zombie fad has run it’s course by now and there are indicators everywhere signaling it’s return to cult status, but when put in the right context it can still be a vehicle for interesting narratives. DC was late getting to the undead party, but they showed up with the good stuff.
The Mainstream One: Tony Stark Iron Man #12
Words: Gail Simone
Art: Paolo Villanelli
What it is: WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! A war needs weapons – but Tony Stark once vowed that he’d never build weapons again! So why’s he hunkered down with Screwbeard the Dwarf in Avengers Mountain? And what is he making? Rated T+
Why we like it: I feel like more superheroes should get the sword and sorcery treatment once in a while. Iron Man fighting a firebreathing dragon, heck yeah I’ll read that.
The Indie One: Walking Dead #192
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
What it is: ‘AFTERMATH’: Carl fights for the Commonwealth… but who is he fighting against?
Why we like it: In case you’ve been living under a rock, the last issue of Walking Dead ended on the biggest cliff hanger in the series’ nearly 200 issue run. Spoiler ahead in case you missed issue #191, but on the final page Rick Grimes receives a gunshot wound that looked pretty fatal. This could be the most important single issue of Walking Dead issue since Glenn got his brains splattered in issue #100. Granted, that isn’t really saying much, but you do not want to miss this if you are a WD fan.
The #1 One: Black Cat #1
Words: Jed MacKay
Art: Travel Foreman
What it is: SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! The Black Cat is back and starring in her first ever ongoing series! Felicia Hardy has a taste for the finer things in life and a certain set of skills that can get her into any mansion, vault or museum to…procure said finer things. But due to her actions in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Felicia’s not only on the run from the police but also by the New York Theives Guild and their boss ODESSA DRAKE! High-octane heists, climactic chases and twist after twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat like a cat on a perch. IN THIS ISSUE: Find out a secret from Cat’s past in a bonus story that sets a foundation for the future! All this and an all-new MARVEL MEOW short story by Nao Fuji! Rated T
Why we like it: Hard to believe that Cat Woman has had multiple solo series and Black Cat is just now getting her first. There are a ton of variant covers to go with this #1, as Marvel is wont to do, and I think the Artgerm variant is the best looking of the bunch.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Deadpool #13 (Granov Marvels 25th Tribute Variant)
Words: Tom Taylor
Art: Nic Klein
Cover Art: Adi Granov
What it is: WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! DEADPOOL GOES DOWN UNDER! As the War of the Realms rages, Deadpool is sent to Australia to take care of a pesky troll problem! No, not those obnoxious internet nerds. REAL TROLLS! How many didgeridoo jokes can one comic book make? Let’s find out together! Parental Advisory
Why we like it: Some artists were just born to draw certain characters. For whatever reason, whenever Adi Granov draws Scarlet Witch the results are absolute fire.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!