The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – February 26, 2019

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File.

I’d like to take a minute to get something off of my chest. Dan Didio has been a steward of nerd culture and has carried the torch for super-heroes in a day and age where printed comic books are becoming less and less relevant. Whatever your thoughts or feelings about his decade long turn steering the DC mothership through Crisis, New 52 and Rebirth, he deserved far better than the pitch fork treatment he received from a bunch AT&T suits right before the ComicsPRO retailer summit. Thank you Mr. Didio for your passion and your dedication and I wish you good fortune in the comics to come.

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: Wonder Woman #752

Publisher: DC
Words: Steve Orlando
Art: Max Raynor

What it is: Wonder Woman must stop Valda, a time-displaced knight from causing chaos in Boston. But the real question is: Is Valda friend or foe?! Plus: The secret origin of Warmaster revealed!

Why we love it: At last, Wonder Woman has come to Boston. And she’s bringing a gorgeous Jenny Frison variant cover with her. Yeah, yeah I’m a total homer. Fight me.

The Mainstream One: Year of the Villain Hell Arisen #3 (of 4)

Publisher: DC
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Steve Epting, Javier Fernandez

What it is: Apex Lex Luthor’s first run-in with the Infected didn’t go as planned, and the Batman Who Laughs’ influence is continuing to spread. Now Lex must find out who in the world can think like the Batman Who Laughs – and there are only two folks who come to mind. The first is Batman, who probably has his own ideas for Lex; the other is the Joker, who also likely has his own ideas, but who just maybe wants to see this twisted doppelgänger sent back to the Dark Multiverse he came from. It’s a gamble Lex has to take, because the Infected are gearing up for round two!

Why we like it: The Punchline crazy train keeps chugging along and this book, like her cameo in Batmn #89, is doing stupid stuff on the secondary market. Please people, try to act like you have some sense and do NOT pay +$50 for this book if you can’t find it for cover price on Wednesday.

The Indie One: Death or Glory #9

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Bengal

What it is: Glory’s caravan continues to eat up the miles in their race against the clock—and the gang of body snatchers, unscrupulous surgeons, and crooked cops on their tail.

Why we like it: This is the issue that I have been waiting for. After 8 issues of mostly setup, issue #9 is bringing an all out action, chase sequence, with muscle cars and big rigs duking it out on the open road. Yeeee ha!

The #1 One: Fantastic Four #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Gerry Duggan
Art: Ron Garney

What it is: Ben Grimm throws on his hat and overcoat to solve a mystery that’s come alive right out of his nightmares. What is Dr. Strange’s nemesis D’Spayre doing on Yancy Street?

Why we like it: A gritty FF story that feels like it was ripped from the pages of Frank Miller’s Sin City.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: X-Men Fantastic Four #2 (of 4)

Publisher: Marvel
Chip Zdarsky
Terry Dodson
Cover Art: Mark Brooks

What it is: The world has been re-shaped by the X-MEN. But you can’t reshape a world without encountering its true master … DOOM.. Rated T+

Why we like it: This is a great Rogue cover. And I checked, there really aren’t many great Rogue covers around.

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

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