The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving comic book fans and welcome back for another helping of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuffing I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m gobbling up this week:

The Top of the Pile: Basketful of Heads #2

Publisher: DC Black Label Hill House
Words: Joe Hill
Art: Leomacs, Reiko Murakami, Dan Mcdaid

What it is: Hunted to the point of exhaustion, June Branch struggles to outwit and outfight the home invader coming after her. He’s armed with a .44 and a secret agenda; she’s got a thousand year-old Viking relic and no way to escape. The axe is about to fall in the topsy-turvy second chapter of the horror story with the sharpest edge in comics! Fears escalate and a full moon rises over the HMS Havoc in chapter three of the ‘Sea Dogs’ backup tale, written by Joe Hill!

Why we love it: One piece of criticism for issue #1 of Joe Hill’s latest horror project, not enough heads in baskets. Otherwise, the debut issue delivered a killer setup and closed with our protagonist finding herself trapped in a very dangerous position. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

The Mainstream One: Batman Beyond #38

Publisher: DC
Words: Dan Jurgens
Art: Sean Chen, Lee Weeks

What it is: After all these years, Derek Powers, long thought dead, returns! The lethal villain who now goes by the name Blight is back to terrorize Neo-Gotham while he hunts down Bruce Wayne! With Terry McGinnis wanted by the police and on the run, the only person who can stop him is Batwoman! But how do you stop a walking nuclear reactor when you barely know how to use your own high-tech suit?

Why we like it: In issue #37 we got our first glimpse of a new character, Batwoman Beyond, speculated to be the daughter of Dick Grayson. She should be getting more page time this week and hopefully we get an origin reveal.

The Indie One: Curse Words #25

Publisher: Image
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Ryan Browne

What it is: SERIES FINALE Friends, it’s been a hell of a ride, just a hell of a ride… and now it’s time to see how CURSE WORDS brings this ungainly wizard ship in for a landing. Will it be better than the finales for Game of Thrones, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and M*A*S*H combined? Without a doubt. Thank you for all your support for this series over the years… we’ll see you on the next one!

Why we like it: Curse Words started strong and I really enjoyed the first few issues, but budget restraints kept it off of my pull list. I’ve been waiting for the finale to start binging the series, so this is my cue to pick up the trade paperbacks.

The #1 One: Killadelphia

Publisher: Image
Words: Rodney Barnes
Art: Jason Shawn Alexander

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE! ‘SINS OF THE FATHER,’ Part One-Featuring the show-stopping talents of SPAWN series artist JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER and the writer behind such hit shows as Wutang: An American Saga, Marvel’s Runaways, and Starz’s American Gods-RODNEY BARNES. When a small-town beat cop comes home to bury his murdered father-the revered Philadelphia detective James Sangster Sr.-he begins to unravel a mystery that leads him down a path of horrors that will shake his beliefs to their core. The city that was once the symbol of liberty and freedom has fallen prey to corruption, poverty, unemployment, brutality… and vampires. Welcome to KILLADELPHIA.

Why we like it: Seriously, who came up with that title? It sounds so lazy that I almost avoided this series. But I’m picking this up on the strength of Jason  Shawn Alexander’s grimy artwork, which should be a perfect fit for a horror series.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Scream Curse of Carnage #1

Publisher: Marvel
Clay Mcleod Chapman
Chris Mooneyham
Cover Art: Artgerm

What it is: OUT OF THE ASHES OF ABSOLUTE CARNAGE! ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! Patricia Robertson, Andi Benton, Donna Diego… it’s all been leading to this as one of the original – and possibly strongest – offspring of the Venom symbiote at last stars in her own, self-titled ongoing series set in the Marvel Universe! But after the events of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, what remains of the Scream symbiote as it was before? Does it even have a host? What are their intentions? And what will a pair of web-slinging wallcrawlers have to say about it’s presence in New York? Rated T+

Why we like it: Slow week for cover art. A good, but not great Artgerm cover wins by default.

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

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