The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – July 17, 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: Batman #75

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin

What it is: ‘City of Bane’ begins! Bane’s minions have moved into Gotham City, taken control and are ruling with an iron fist-including rounding up any villain who refuses to sign onto Bane’s program-and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least not the Batman anyone knows. It’s like someone has replaced the real Gotham City with a twisted funhouse-mirror version of it. Meanwhile, the real Bruce Wayne is on a spiritual quest to regain his fighting spirit after his showdown with his father in the desert. Can the people of Gotham hold on until their protector is strong enough to come to their rescue? Plus, what does Lex Luthor’s scheming mean for Gotham City when Bane and the villains are already in control?

Why we love it: Tom King’s acclaimed run on Batman is coming to a close and his final arc will tie together all the plot threads he’s built up over the last 3 years.

The Mainstream One: Captain Marvel #8

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Kelly Thompson
Art: Carmen Nunez Carnero

What it is: CAPTAIN MARVEL: FALLING STAR! From the moment she returned to full-time Avengers duty in New York City, Captain Marvel’s life has been nonstop…and slightly weird. But she’s about to take on a brand-new threat – and a very old one! When her Kree heritage is exposed to the world in dramatic fashion, Carol goes from most beloved hero to public enemy number one overnight – and it’s pushing her to the darkest edge. Can she save the day even while the world turns on her? Does she want to?

Why we like it: Rumors of a new character making an appearance here have put this book on a lot of people’s radar. Add that to an awesome Carnagize’d variant cover by In-Hyuk Lee and this is an insta-pickup on Wednesday.

The Indie One: Black Science #41

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Matteo Scalera

What it is: ‘NO AUTHORITY BUT YOURSELF,’ Part Three (of Four): The chaos of the Eververse has been brought to heel. But is a world of perfect order any less nightmarish? Don’t miss out on the penultimate issue of BLACK SCIENCE!

Why we like it: Dimension hopping scientist destroying the fabric of reality. Black Science was one of my favorite Rick Remender series, but I dropped off around volume 3 because I was actively trying to cut back on the number of indie series I had in my pull list. I’m really looking forward to the series finale because it means I can pick up the final volumes in trade paper back soon. 

The #1 One: Vampirella #1

Publisher: Dynamite
Words: Christopher Priest
Art: Ergun Gunduz

What it is: In July 1969, the world was first introduced to Vampirella. 50 years later, she doesn’t look a day older!!!! Now, to celebrate her gold anniversary, Dynamite is launching a brand-new, ongoing series featuring the talents of Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke, Quantum & Woody, Justice League) and European star/American star-in-the-making, Ergün Gündüz (Tales of the Great War, Taxi Tales)! You’ll experience the first, mysterious taste of things to come in Vampirella Free Comic Book Day #0, and the story continues here!!!

Why we like it: Happy 50th Vampirella! You still look as amazing as you did when you first appeared back in 1969 and Alex Ross certainly did you justice.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Uncanny X-Men #22

What it is: It all ends here. This is forever! As Cyclops’ cleanup mission nears its close, all the problems the X-Men face come together. The truth behind the Hellfire Club’s intentions, the culmination of the O.N.E.’s assaults on mutantkind and even the inner struggles within the team… It all ends here. This is forever.

Publisher: Marvel
Words:
Matthew Rosenberg
Art: 
Salvador Larroca
Cover Art: Jay Anceleto

What it is: It all ends here. This is forever! As Cyclops’ cleanup mission nears its close, all the problems the X-Men face come together. The truth behind the Hellfire Club’s intentions, the culmination of the O.N.E.’s assaults on mutantkind and even the inner struggles within the team… It all ends here. This is forever.

Why we like it: There have a been a lot of sweet Carnegized variant covers and this one from Jay Anceleto is one of my favorites. It is also the final issue of X-Men before John Hickman comes in and relaunches the entire line starting with this month’s House of X.

 

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

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