The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – January 15, 2020

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: Avengers #29

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jason Aaron
Art: Ed McGuinnesa

What it is: The battle for the Starbrand heats up like a supernova, as Captain Marvel goes toe to toe with Firelord, Ghost Rider races the Silver Surfer and Brood Thor… tries to eat the Avengers. Meanwhile the Black Widow kicks much butt in outer space with a bold new weapon in her arsenal. That’s right, the Black Widow + the War Machine armor = the all-new, all-deadly War Widow.

Why we love it: I loved it when Punisher put on the War Machine armor and War Widow certainly sounds like a good time.

The Mainstream One: Legion of Super Heroes #3

Publisher: DC
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Ryan Sook

What it is: You knew there was no way Jon Kent was going to leave his best friend behind! Welcome to the future, Damian Wayne! (This is such a terrible idea!) Also, meet the new Legionnaires as they head to a secret undercover mission on the first man-made planet: Planet Gotham. Every page of this new DC epic plants seeds and ideas that will blast out across the DC Universe for months to come! All this, and Monster Boy is on the loose!

Why we like it: This is such a great idea!

The Indie One: Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy #2

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Tonci Zonjic

What it is: Skulldigger: well-meaning hero or violent murderer? As Skeleton Boy trains with an uncompromising Skulldigger, a hard-nosed detective seeks them out, determined to link the vigilante to the murders that orphaned the boy. But soon super-villain Grimjim’s plans come to a head, threatening to throw Spiral City into chaos.

Why we like it: Jeff Lemire serves up another gritty slice of the Black Hammer universe. If The Punisher took up a sidekick, it would be this book.

The #1 One: Venom The End #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Adam Warren
Art: Chamba

What it is: THE FINAL VENOM STORY! The alien symbiote who bonded with Eddie Brock has been through a lot… but not nearly as much as he has coming. In a tale that literally spans over a trillion years, Venom travels the length of space and time as the last defender of life in the universe!

Why we like it: These “The End” one-offs have been a fun read. This futuristic Venom sounds really bizarre which means I’m totally into it. It has a great Razzah cover too.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Ruins of Ravencroft Sabertooth #1

Publisher: Marvel
Frank Tieri
Art: Guillermo Sanna

Cover Art: Mico Suayan

What it is: To the men and women of the Marvel Universe, Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane appeared to be a hospital devoted to the rehabilitation of society’s most violent offenders. But appearances can be deceptive, and — as Captain America learned the hard way – some secrets have teeth.

Why we like it: Suayan kills it with this Sabertooth.

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

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