The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – January 1, 2019

Happy new year comic book fans and welcome to the very last episode of the Crank File for this decade! New year, new books. Unlike time, somethings never change. 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: Thor #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Nic Klein

What it is: BRAND-NEW, SUPERSTAR CREATIVE TEAM TAKES THE KING OF ASGARD TO NEW REALMS OF GLORY!The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long. The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.

Why we love it: Donny Cates taking over writing duties on Thor. This is a big refresh for the character, coming off of Jason Aaron’s celebrated run that lasted over 7 years. I am a huge fan of Cates, but a little worried that the heavy load he’s under at Marvel could affect the quality of his work. Regardless, I can’t miss this.

The Mainstream One: Hawkeye Freefall #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Mathew Rosenberg
Art: Otto Schmidt, Kim Jacinto

What it is: When a mysterious and ruthless new Ronin starts tearing a destructive path through the city, suspicion immediately falls on Hawkeye, but Clint has more to worry about than who’s wearing his old costume. After a clash with the Hood ends badly, Hawkeye gives himself a new mission that will place him in the crosshairs of one of New York’s most dangerous villains. Hawkeye’s mission and Ronin’s secret plans will set them on a collision course that only one of them will walk away from. Fan favorite Clint Barton returns in a brand new series from Matthew Rosenberg (UNCANNY X-MEN, THE PUNISHER) and Otto Schmidt (Green Arrow).

Why we like it: Love writer Matt Rosenberg and think he’s the perfect fit for a Hawkeye mini-series. The reveal of a potentially new character taking up the mantle of Ronin makes this issue  very intriguing.

The Indie One: Death or Glory #8

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Bengal

What it is: Glory’s cargo consists of a heavily drugged Pablo, a worried Isabelle, a very sick father, and a liver to save him-but it won’t last forever. She’s got a whole mess of trouble hot on her heels, and time is running out.

Why we like it: I’m digging this series. It took a little hiatus between the first and second story arc which pumped the brakes on this series, but I’ve enjoyed every issue that has come out.

The #1 One: Star Wars #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Jesus Saiz

What it is: “No…I am your father.”In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance-for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible?  But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will! Writer Charles Soule (DARTH VADER) and artist Jesus Saiz (DOCTOR STRANGE) are taking us all to the galaxy far, far away next year! With covers by RB Silva (POWERS OF X)!THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME BEGINS THIS JANUARY!

Why we like it: Just in time for the end of the movie saga, Marvel relaunches the comic back to the golden age of Star Wars, the period between Empire Strikes Back and Revenge of the Jedi. May the force be with this series and please let it be better than Rise of Skywalker. The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Harley Quinn #69

Publisher: DC
Sam Basri
Mark Russel
Cover Art:  Frank Cho

What it is: Harley Quinn is great at kicking jerks in the face. Paying her taxes? Not so much. Things turn from bad to worse when Harley’s new accountant, an ex-con called the Hambezzler, runs into trouble with his old crew and they come to Coney Island with one thing on their minds: payback!

Why we like it: Happy Two Thousand Twenty all you comic nerds!
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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