The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – November 6, 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: Green Lantern Blackstars #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Grant Morrison
Art: Liam Sharp

What it is: What has Hal Jordan done? Following the catastrophic events of The Green Lantern #12, no Green Lanterns can be found patrolling their space sectors…and not a single power ring lights the darkness. Across the universe, once-familiar faces now wear a different uniform and enforce a new type of galactic law. The Green Lantern Corps is dead-long live the Blackstars! Who are they? What are they? Answers will be revealed as the unstoppable Blackstars set their sights on the demons of Ysmault, Mongul…and a tiny, backwater planet called Earth. A dangerous new chapter of the Green Lantern mythology starts now!

Why we love it: The second chapter of Grant Morrision’s Green Lantern epic picks up right where the first chapter ended, with the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps. This GL run has been classic Morrison, and whether or not that’s your jam will likely dictate whether this book is for you. I love the wackiness, the epic battles, and the call backs to plot points from years ago, so this is mandatory reading material for me.

The Mainstream One: Ms. Marvel #9

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Saladin Ahmed
Art: Joey Vazquez, Eduard Petrovich

What it is: Disaster strikes Ms. Marvel’s family, drawing Kamala and Bruno closer together than ever before. Are these two best friends about to become something more? Or will Kamala’s duties as Ms. Marvel come between them? Brace yourself for a whirlwind issue that will change MS. MARVEL forever! Rated T+

Why we like it: The issue that could finally answer the eternal question, will they… or won’t they? But it will probably be about something else entirely.

The Indie One: Locke and Key Nailed It #1

Publisher: IDW
Words: Joe Hill
Art: Gabriel Rodriguez, Jay Fotos

What it is: In 2013, the Locke family saga came to a close. Or did it? Some doors, once closed, can never be opened again. While others shouldn’t be reopened ever again… Please join us for a return to the Locke & Key mythos with a new story by series creators Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the Locke and Key TV series and a 5-page preview of an all-new series by Joe Hill and Martin Simmonds!

Why we like it: It’s no secret that we love Locke and Key over here at the Crank File and anytime there is new content from that universe, we’re all over it. We’re psyched because not only is ‘Nailed It’ being made by the creators of the original series, but it will also preview the upcoming Locke and Key TV series and preview a new Joe Hill project. Nailed it indeed.

The #1 One: Undiscovered Country #1

Publisher:  Image
Words: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, Matt Wilson

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE! This November, New York Times bestselling writers SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, A.D.: AFTER DEATH) and CHARLES SOULE (CURSE WORDS, the forthcoming novel Anyone) will team up with artists GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer) and DANIELE ORLANDINI (Darth Vader) and 2019 Eisner Award-winning colorist MATT WILSON (THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE, PAPER GIRLS) to embark on an epic adventure in the brand-new ongoing series, UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY! In this special oversized first issue, readers will journey into the near future, and an unknown nation that was once the United States of America-a land that’s become shrouded in mystery after walling itself off from the rest of the world without explanation over thirty years ago. When a team seeking a cure for a global pandemic breaches U.S. borders, they quickly find themselves in a struggle to survive this strange and deadly lost continent!

Why we like it: Whenever someone new to comics asks me for recommendations on what to read, I always give them the same advice, “follow the creators you love, and you’ll seldom go wrong.” Undiscovered Country features so many all-star creators, it’s almost embarrassing. My only concern is whether this book gets bogged down by having too many cooks in the kitchen, but early reviews for this series are strong so I am on board.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: New Mutants #1

Publisher: Marvel
Ed Brisson
Rod Reis
Cover Art: Artgerm

What it is: THE NEW GENERATION CLAIMS THE DAWN! The classic New Mutants (Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher) get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) to seek out their missing member and share the good news… a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers! Rated T+

Why we like it: Artgerm is easily my favorite cover artist of 2019. His output with Marvel and DC has been tremendous and more importantly, consistently good.

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

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