The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 7, 2019

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. We missed a week due to technical issues but hey that’s live television for you, am I right folks? 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: Absolute Venom #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Ryan Stegman

What it is: After turning Venom’s world upside down a year ago, DONNY CATES and RYAN STEGMAN are about to put the Sinister Symbiote through hell again, only this time CARNAGE has come calling, and everyone who’s ever worn a symbiote is dead in his sights! He’s skirted the periphery of the Marvel Universe for months, but Cletus Kasady at last stands poised to make his grand return to New York in a blistering 60-PAGE story… and he wants to paint the town red!

The Mainstream One: Batman #76

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin

What it is: ‘City of Bane’ continues! Bane has taken over Gotham City, and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least, not a Batman anyone recognizes. Flashpoint Batman is now patrolling the city, dispensing a violent brand of justice and taking out rogue villains who haven’t yet signed on with Bane. It’s all building to a rebellion among the bad guys who don’t want to play along- and distrust in those who do! Meanwhile, a surprising ally has come to Bruce Wayne’s aid, nursing him back to health so that he can get back to his city.

The Indie One: Die #6

Publisher: Image
Words: Kieron Gillen
Art: Stephanie Hans

What it is: NEW STORY ARC! ‘SPLIT THE PARTY,’ Part One: Forget escaping Die-half of our heroes can’t even escape the remains of shattered Glass Town. Is there any way out? Of course there is. It’s just whether or not you can pay the price. Jump aboard the commercial smash series here!

The #1 One: Death-Defying Devil #1

Publisher: Dynamite
Words: Gail Simone
Art: Walter Geovani

What it is: The Winslow House is in shambles, but people call it home. It is a place for people who have almost nothing but are trying to make a life for themselves. It is also in a bad neighborhood, and no one will stop criminals from tormenting the residents…until The Death-Defying Devil shows up! But when the Devil tries to step in and protect the innocent, things take a turn for the worse and he finds himself trapped inside the house, being taken care of by the same people he was trying to save. Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman) and Walter Geovani (Red Sonja, Clean Room) present the story of The Death-Defying Devil and a group of neighbors who will do what it takes to keep their home, and each other, safe!

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Dceased #4 (of 6)

Publisher: DC
Words:
Tom Taylor
Art:
Trevor Hairsine
Cover Art: Francesco Mattina

What it is: The Daily Planet has become a beacon of hope for the living as the Anti-Life Equation sweeps the planet. What’s left of the Justice League have begun to gather there, bringing survivors and family alike. But the city is being overrun with infected humans…and superhumans! The war for Metropolis begins!

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

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