The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – February 12, 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: Thor #3

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Nick Klein

What it is: THE BATTLE OF TWO STORMS! It’s Mjolnir versus Stormbreaker as Thor’s old ally Beta Ray Bill makes a thunderous entrance! But what has put the two friends at odds – and can the King of Asgard convince the Korbinite to let him continue his bloody mission to save all that is? Rated T+

Why we love it: . Two issues in and we’re setup for an epic throwdown between Thor and Beta Ray Bill. Donny Cate’s did not disappoint, so far his Thor run has exceeded expectations. And Nick Klein was born to draw this cosmic Thor / Galactus team-up

The Mainstream One: Superman Heroes #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka, Jody Houser
Art: Kevin Maguire, Steve Lieber and Mike Perkins

What it is: Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, the staff of the Daily Planet, even the Justice League-their lives all changed when Superman revealed his secret identity to the world! This unique Superman experience explores what the identity of Clark Kent meant to those close to him-and what their relationship to Superman will be in the future. All the rules are about to change-and it all starts here. The dream team of writers Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka, and Jody Houser team up for this amazing special, with art anchored by DC legend Kevin Maguire, plus sequences focusing on each corner of the Superman universe by artists Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen) and Mike Perkins (Lois Lane). ONE-SHOT

Why we like it: We’ve seen Superman have his identity outed before, so this seems like it would just be a rehash of old ideas. But I don’t believe for a second that Bendis is going to be content with recycling old plot points, so I’m still waiting for the big reveal behind the reveal. What’s your game Brian?

The Indie One: Tartarus #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Johnnie Christmas
Art: Jack T. Cole

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE! A new adventure series with all the sci-fi drama of Breaking Bad set in Mos Eisley! Promising young cadet Tilde is framed for crimes against the empire after discovering her mother was the ruthless warlord of the deadly colony Tartarus, a vital player in the galactic war. Now, Tilde’s only way home may be to reclaim her mother’s dark crown. #1 New York Times bestseller JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS (Alien 3) and artistic phenom JACK T. COLE (The Unsound) kick off this ongoing series with 44 big pages of story!

Why we like it: They are billing it as cross between Breaking Bad and Star Wars, two franchises that I consider at the top of their respected genres. That’s a mighty bold statement. While I don’t expect them to reach that bar, at least they set their sights high. Even if they can get just half way there, this would be a great read.

The #1 One: Nebula #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Vita Ayala
Art: Claire Roe

What it is: Nebula has grown under the shadows of Thanos and Gamora, but no longer! With her eyes set on a top-secret device, Nebula has big plans for her future-and she’s not about to let anyone get in her way! But her goal may end up costing her more than she’s willing to pay after a showdown with one of the cosmos most feared bounty hunters…. Don’t miss out on this cosmically critical series launch from rising stars, Vita Ayala (PRISONER X) and Claire Roe (FEARLESS)! Rated T+

Why we like it: Nebula is finally getting her own solo-series and early reviews on this series are very strong. Looking forward to reading this on Wednesday.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: X-Men #1

Publisher: Marvel
Jonathan Hickman
Leinil Francis Yu
Cover Art: Mark Brooks

What it is: Mystique goes to extraordinary lengths to get what she wants…

Why we like it: I’m seriously considering asking this cover to be my Valentine this year.

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

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