Greetings comic book fans and welcome to a Fourth of July spectacular episode of the Crank File. Happy birthday ‘murca! 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 Walking Dead $193
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
What it is: ‘THE FARMHOUSE’: Out in the countryside, trouble is brewing for a certain someone.
The Mainstream One: Lois Lane #1
Words: Greg Rucka
Art: Mike Perkins
What it is: On the road and out of Metropolis-and carrying a secret that could disrupt Superman’s life-Lois Lane embarks on a harrowing journey to uncover a threat to her husband and a plot that reaches the highest levels of international power brokers and world leaders. Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Greg Rucka and master storyteller Mike Perkins team up for a tale of conspiracy, intrigue and murder that pushes even Lois to her limits.
The Indie One: Sea of Stars #1
Words: Jason Aaron, Dennis Hallum
Art: Stephen Green, Rico Renzi
What it is: ‘LOST IN THE WILDS OF HEAVEN,’ Part One: Being a space trucker sounds like a cool job, but in reality, it can be boring as hell. So when recently widowed Gil gets a long-haul gig across the universe, he figures it’s safe enough to bring his young son Kadyn along for the ride-that is, until their ‘big rig’ gets bitten in half by a gigantic Space Leviathan! Now separated from his son-with a breached suit that’s venting oxygen at an alarming rate-Gil must defy the odds and stay alive long enough to rescue Kadyn. But meanwhile, Kadyn seems to be getting all the help he needs from a talking Space Monkey riding a Space Dolphin… or maybe it’s the strange powers he’s suddenly manifesting?! From the writing duo of JASON AARON (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Thor) and DENNIS HALLUM (Cloak & Dagger, Vader: Dark Visions), with dazzling art by STEPHEN GREEN (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.) and cosmic colors by RICO RENZI (Spider-Gwen), comes a brand-new science fiction series with all the scope and heart of the The Neverending Story crossed with the imaginative weirdness of Miyazaki-an intense, galaxy-spanning adventure that’s suitable for fans of all ages!
The #1 One: Aero #1
Words: Greg Pak, Zhou Liefen
Art: Pop Mhan
What it is: CATCH THE WAVE! ALL NEW ONGOING SERIES! The breakout stars of WAR OF THE REALMS: AGENTS OF ATLAS debut in an oversized team-up book! Get ready for the English language debut of the first appearance of AERO, the high-flying Shanghaiese superheroine created for Marvel by Zhou Liefen and Keng! And in a brand new story written by PLANET HULK writer Greg Pak, Aero teams up with WAVE, Marvel’s newest Filipina superheroine! What strange forces have turned the buildings of Shanghai into monstrous golems? And what is the SECRET ORIGIN OF WAVE?
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider (Carnage-Ized Variant)
Words: Seanan McGuire
Art: Iban Coello
Cover Art: Iban Coello
What it is: After unmasking herself, waging a war for the fate of the Multiverse and nearly losing her father, Gwen Stacy has had a rough year…and it’s not about to get any easier! ESPECIALLY when something’s started going wrong with the mysterious suit that gives her her abilities. With no other choice, Gwen finds herself swinging through the skies of the Marvel Universe alongside special guest stars SPIDER-MAN and SPIDER-MAN, and finally embracing an all-new codename! We’ll give you three guesses…
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!