The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – July 19, 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: Superman Year One #1

Publisher: DC Black Label
Words: Frank Miller
Art: John Romita Jr.

What it is: From the burning world of Krypton to the bucolic fields of Kansas, the first chapter of SUPERMAN YEAR ONE tracks Clark Kent’s youth in Kansas, as he comes to terms with his strange powers and struggles to find his place in our world. DC BLACK LABEL is proud to present the definitive origin of Superman as rendered by the legendary comics creators Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.! PRESTIGE FORMAT MATURE READERS

The Mainstream One: Batman #73

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin

What it is: ‘The Fall and the Fallen’ part four! Batman has been defeated by Bane’s minions and chased out of Gotham. As a last-ditch effort to save his son from the lonely fate of being Batman, his father from another universe, Thomas Wayne, a.k.a. the Flashpoint Batman, is taking Bruce to the far ends of the Earth to try to give him the one thing that will cause him to give up crime-fighting for good. RATED T

The Indie One: Rat Queens #16

Publisher: Image
Words: Ryan Ferrier
Art: Priscilla Petraites, Marco Lesko

What it is: ‘THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING,’ Part One: In the wake of great change, the Rat Queens struggle to reclaim their sisterhood-just as a mysterious force of great vengeance sets its sights on Palisade. For our incorrigible band of adventurers, it’s personal. A new chapter begins here, with the all-new ongoing creative team of RYAN FERRIER, PRISCILLA PETRAITES, and MARCO LESKO!

The #1 One: Usagi Yojimbo #1

Publisher: IDW
Words and Art: Stan Sakai

What it is: Follow the adventures of rabbit ronin Miyamoto Usagi as he wanders Edo period Japan on his warrior’s journey. In the start of this three-part story, Usagi becomes embroiled in a puppet drama where the players are not quite what they seem! Written, drawn, and lettered by comics legend Stan Sakai! Colors by Tom Luth (Groo the Wanderer)! The start of an exciting new chapter in the epic ongoing saga of Usagi, now published by IDW! Exciting retail incentive variants are offered for the serialized Usagi Yojimbo series for the first time! This series will be in all color!

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Marvels Annotated #4 (of 4)

Publisher: Marvel
Words:
Kurt Busiek
Art:
Alex Ross
Cover Art: Alex Ross

What it is: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series that changed the way we look at super heroes, the landmark MARVELS is back – with all-new commentary from comic book masters Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross! The stunning saga concludes as Phil Sheldon publishes a best-selling book on the Marvels! But the public grows ever more jaded toward heroes, and Phil decides to take a stand for heroism by clearing Spider-Man of police captain George Stacy’s death. During Phil’s investigation, he meets George’s daughter, Gwen Stacy, whose strength in the face of adversity gives Phil hope. But when Phil witnesses a terrible tragedy during a battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, will he lose faith in the Marvels for good? Packed with extras and completely remastered, you don’t want to miss this unique look back at the MARVELS phenomenon! Collecting MARVELS #4. Rated T

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

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