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: Marvel Comics #1000
Words and Art: Everyone
What it is: THE GREATEST TALENT EVER ASSEMBLED FOR ONE STORY! THIS IS THE BIG ONE! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, we have gathered together the greatest array of talent ever to be assembled between the covers of a single comic book! Names from the past, from the present, and even the future! Every page is filled with all-new work from this cavalcade of comic book luminaries! There is a mystery that threads throughout the Marvel Universe – one that has its origins in MARVEL COMICS #1 and which unites a disparate array of heroes and villains throughout the decades! What is the Eternity Mask, and who is responsible for the conspiracy to keep it hidden? And what new player will make their startling debut as these secrets are peeled away? Featuring the entirety of the Marvel Universe of characters!
Why we love it: Celebrating 80 years of publishing going all the back to its days as Timely Comics, each page of Marvel Comics #1000 is done by a different creative team. This seems like both a great idea, as it will boast a star-studded cast of creators, and a horrible idea as the differing styles will undoubtedly make for a disjointed read. Marvel also made the shrewd decision to introduce a new character in this book in order to boost sales numbers, which will almost definitely work out as comic speculators are currently in full-on FOMO mode.
The Mainstream One: Spider-man Life Story #6 (of 6)
Words: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Mark Bagley
What it is: THE REAL-TIME LIFE STORY OF SPIDER-MAN CONCLUDES! The year is 2019, and the 72-year-old web-slinger is about to embark on his final adventure! Will the end of Spider-Man’s life story mean the end of his life?
Why we like it: Chip Zdarsky is concludes his acclaimed mini-series retelling some of Spider-Man’s greatest story-lines with a simple hook, what if Peter Parker had aged normally since his introduction in the 60’s? In it, we get to see how Peter’s life may have turned out if he had grown old, retired from being Spider-Man and settled down with MJ. I am loving this series and looking forward to reading Chip’s bittersweet send-off to our favorite friendly neighborhood wall crawler.
The Indie One: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97
Words: Tom Waltz
Art: Michael Dialynas
What it is: City at War, Part 5. With enemies victorious on all sides and allies in short supply, the TMNT are at their lowest point. Yet as the TMNT start to blame themselves, a greater threat looms ever closer… Don’t miss the earth-shaking lead up to TMNT #100!
Why we like it: While most of the indie comic news is focused on Spawn as it approaches issue #300, TMNT refuses to be ignored as it approaches the century mark, giving fans something that we have been waiting decades for, a bona-fide female ninja turtle (no, Venus doesn’t count). Welcome to the Ninja Turtles Jennika, hope you survive the experience.
The #1 One: Marvels Spider-Man Velocity #1 (of 5)
Art: Emilo Laiso
What it is: THE FIRST ALL-ORIGINAL STORY SET IN THE GAMERVERSE STARTS HERE! Dennis ‘Hopeless’ Hallum continues the saga of the spectacular SPIDER-MAN with an ALL-NEW story set in the Gamerverse! How and why did PETER PARKER build the armored VELOCITY SUIT seen in the Marvel’s Spider-Man video game? Find out here! After the events of CITY AT WAR, SPIDER-MAN continues to balance his colliding worlds as he attempts to protect New York City against super villains like SWARM, while reporter MARY JANE WATSON delves deep into an investigation with legendary Daily Bugle journalist BEN URICH. Learn the never-before-told backstory behind the popular VELOCITY SUIT as unexplainable occurrences bedevil the city and our heroes come face-to-face with…a poltergeist?! Illustrated by Emilio Laiso (CHAMPIONS, STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA), with eye-popping covers by the inimitable SKAN, you won’t want to miss a panel of the first all-original story following up the worldwide hit video game!
Why we like it: The game was great, but I’m really into this issue for the introduction of a new suit and that sweet Gabrielle Del Otto cover.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Venom #17
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Iban Coello
Cover Art: Sunghan Yune
What it is: With CARNAGE on the loose, VENOM must protect his son Dylan – at all costs! But as longtime Venomaniacs know, VENOM AND CARNAGE aren’t the only symbiotes loose in New York!
Why we like it: This week’s best cover pick is by an artist that I am not familiar with, but will be watching with great interest moving forward.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!