The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – December 11, 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: Superman #18

Publisher: DC
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Joe Prado

What it is: With Superman’s family scattered across the galaxy, our hero must confront some of his greatest concerns about himself and his place in the galaxy. Legendary artist Ivan Reis joins writer Brian Michael Bendis as they introduce the biggest change in the Man of Steel’s life ever!

Why we love it: You would think that revealing Superman’s secret identity to the public would be huge news, and DC is really pushing this story line. But remember, this isn’t the first time that Clark Kent has been outed. It’s not even the second or third time. Writer Brian Michael Bendis promises that this is not just another gimmick to boost sales and that this revelation will have serious repercussions moving ahead, but it just seems lazy to me.

The Mainstream One: Captain Marvel #13

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Lee Garbett
Art: Kelly Thompson

What it is: ‘THE LAST AVENGER’ PART 2: FIVE TO GO. One Avenger is dead at Captain Marvel’s hand. Who will be next? And why? What strange allegiance is driving Captain Marvel to the darkest edge? Rated T+

Why we like it: Captain Marvel is murdering all the founding Avengers and we don’t really know why. I’m guessing it will be a lame reveal, like she was body-switched or has been under mind-control, but either way it was pretty shocking to see her holding up Thor’s bloody, severed head in the last issue. Wonder how they will top that horror show this week.

The Indie One: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100

Publisher: IDW
Words: Tom Waltz
Art: Dave Watcher

What it is: Things have never been worse for the TMNT and their allies, but there’s still one desperate gambit to try if the family can come together in time. Will it be worth the cost? Over eight years of TMNT storytelling have led to this game-changing moment! Don’t miss it!

Why we like it: Congrats to IDW’s TMNT run for reaching the century mark. It warms this reader’s cynical heart to see Turtle Power still alive and thriving today.

The #1 One: Dying is Easy #1 (of 6)

Publisher: IDW
Words: Joe Hill
Art: Martin Simmonds

What it is: The debut of an all-new creation by Joe Hill (Locke & Key) and Martin Simmonds (Punks Not Dead)! Meet Syd ‘Sh*t-Talk’ Homes, a disgraced ex-cop turned bitter stand-up comic turned… possible felon?! In part 1 of Dying is Easy, Carl Dixon is on the verge of comedy superstardom and he got there the dirty way: by stealing jokes. He’s got a killer act, an ugly past, and more enemies than punch-lines. So when someone asks Syd Homes how much it would cost to have Dixon killed, Syd isn’t surprised in the slightest. He’s already got a figure in mind…

Why we like it: Joe Hill is everywhere these days. This week he’s launching a new thriller through IDW and although it doesn’t sound like it falls into the horror genre that he’s well-known for, I’ll be checking this out.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Annihilation Scourge Silver Surfer #1

Publisher: Marvel
Dan Abnett
Paul Davidson
Cover Art: Josemaria Casanovas

What it is: The Scourge is closing in, wreaking havoc across the galaxy. The Silver Surfer has returned in time to bear witness to the Scourge’s atrocities – but his new status quo leaves him helpless to intervene! Will the Surfer be able to find a way to save the fleeing innocents around him – or will he be forced to stand by and herald in a new age of death? Rated T+

Why we like it: I may be biased, but Silver Surfer is the best subject for a seriously cool cover.

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

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