The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – September 4, 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: Spawn #300

Publisher: Image
Words: Todd McFarlane
Art: Greg Capullo

What it is: SPAWN MAKES HISTORY! With this 300th issue, SPAWN becomes the longest-running independent series in comic book history. To celebrate, legendary artists TODD McFARLANE and GREG CAPULLO return with ALL-NEW interior pencils, with additional art provided by JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, and JEROME OPEÑA, a cavalcade of celebratory covers, and additional writing by SCOTT SNYDER! And next month, RECORDS WILL BE BROKEN with SPAWN #301!

The Mainstream One: Absolute Carnage Symbiote Spiderman #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Peter David
Art: Francesco Mobili

What it is: AN UNTOLD TALE OF A SYMBIOTIC HOST FROM YESTERYEAR… During its first visit to New York City, the alien symbiote that would come to be known as Venom bonded to a host that wasn’t Spider-Man or Eddie Brock. Face front, True Believers, as this mysterious man meets his destiny… at the hands of CARNAGE! Rated T

The Indie One: Wicked & Divine #45

Publisher: Image
Words: Kieron Gillen
Art: Jamie McKelvie

What it is: SERIES FINALE! ‘OKAY,’ Conclusion: Thanks for reading. We’ll miss you.

The #1 One: Dceased a Good Day to Die #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom Taylor
Art: Laura Barga

What it is: While the mainstays of the Justice League-Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman – battle the worldwide infection in the pages of DCEASED, a group of other heroes work to stop the impending apocalypse-no matter who they have to kill! Mr. Terrific assembles a motley group of surviving heroes including Mister Miracle, Big Barda, John Constantine, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold as they attempt to fight back against the tide of death. Can this ragtag group save the world where the Justice League has thus far failed?

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #1 (of 6)

Publisher: DC
Jody Houser
Adriana Melo
Cover Art: Stanley Artgerm Lau

What it is: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are taking their show on the road in this new miniseries! They’ll have to evade villains and heroes alike while they explore their relationship and unpack their time and experiences at Sanctuary. Set after the events of HEROES IN CRISIS and smack in the middle of ‘Year of the Villain,’ it’s a journey across the DC Universe that will change their friendship forever…if they live that long!


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

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