The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 21, 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: Powers of X #3 (of 6)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jonathan Hickman
Art: R. B. Silva

What it is: As Xavier sows the seeds of the past, the X-Men’s future blossoms into trouble for all mutantdom. Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (NEW AVENGERS, INFINITY, FF) continues reshaping the X-Men’s past, present and future with breakout artist R.B. Silva (UNCANNY X-MEN)!

Why we love it: Jonathan Hickman’s return to X Men was highly anticipated and it has not disappointed. A rich, cerebral narrative with morally ambiguous social overtones, this is the X Men that I love and have been desperately waiting for. The X Men are relevant again and I for one welcome our mutant overlords.

The Mainstream One: Batman #77

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Tony S. Daniel

What it is: ‘City of Bane’ continues! The last of the independent villains are on the run, leaving Gotham City entirely to Bane and his cronies-including Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl! Though this means a semblance of peace on the streets, the iron grip of tyranny is squeezing all life out of Gotham. And with Bane’s machinations keeping other heroes out, the city really needs the Batman to return. Is Bruce Wayne ready to face his toughest foes yet…his father and the man who broke his back?

Why we like it: Tom King’s tenure on Batman is coming full circle, with Gotham Girl coming back in her heel turn, playing the dark Robin to the Flashpoint Batman. Loose ends are being tied up and I am excited to see how the final acts play out. It has been a bit of an uneven ride, but I am hopeful that Tom can right the ship and stick the landing.

The Indie One: Pretty Violent #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Derek Hunter
Art: Jason Young

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE! Gamma Rae wants to be a superhero, and why shouldn’t she!? She’s been strong since she was a baby. The only problem is, all her siblings are notorious hero-murdering criminals! Join artist DEREK HUNTER (DuckTales, Adventure Time), and writer JASON YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND) for this all-new ongoing, gore-filled, laugh-out-loud comedy for mature readers that explores one girl’s journey through the rift between personal and family identity.

Why we like it: There are a bunch of good indie books out this week. I’m picking up this new Image series because the premise sounds hilarious and it looks like it is in the same vein as I Hate Fairyland, which I adored.

The #1 One: Bad Reception #1

Publisher: Aftershock
Words and Art: Juan Doe

What it is: It’s the celebrity wedding of the century, set in an undisclosed, remote location, with no access to wifi, cell phone reception or the outside world. But the dream wedding becomes a nightmare when, one by one, the guests are brutally slaugh-tered by a serial killer who brands his victims with a hashtag. BAD RECEPTION is a searing horror story that doubles as a topical, satirical critique on society’s obsession with technology, social media and the cult of celebrity. Written and drawn by AfterShock’s very own Juan Doe (DARK ARK, AMERICAN MON-STER, WORLD READER)!

Why we like it:  A new indie horror series with a modern twist. Creator Juan Doe has been slowly carving out a name for himself in the indie comics scene and I  believe this is the first time writing and drawing a series. I’ll be watching his career with great interest.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Vampirella #2

Publisher: Dynamite
Christopher Priest
Ergun Gunduz
Cover Art: Artgerm

What it is: Vampirella’s struggle to deal with the complex emotional consequences of a major disaster caused by her enemies is exacerbated by an unexpected visit from her mother, Lilith, with whom Vampi has a complicated relationship. But has the Mother of All Vampires come to help or destroy her daughter? And will Vampirella’s hapless therapist survive the encounter?

Why we like it: Two things I love about this cover, the colors and composition.

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

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