The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – June 17, 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. Marvel is still releasing new books every other week, so be prepared for lots of DC this Wednesday.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Dark Nights Death Metal #1 (of 6)

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo

What it is: Get ready for the earth-shattering encore! The legendary team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth take center stage and reunite for one last tour. When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. Unleash the beast and let the head banging begin!

Why we love it: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Death Metal features 2019’s breakout villain, the Batman Who Laughs, and attempts to recapture the insanity and frantic energy of the awesomely entertaining Dark Nights Metal mini-series.

The Mainstream One: Strange Adventures #2 (of 12)

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads

What it is: What is the truth about Adam Strange? When an activist who publicly accused him of war crimes ends up dead, the public begins to doubt Strange’s stories about his adventures on the planet Rann-and he’s even starting to doubt himself. It’s going to take a special investigator to get the truth, and he’s going to have to tear apart Adam Strange’s life and reputation to do it. A special miniseries set on two worlds, it takes two artists to bring Strange Adventures to life. Mitch Gerads tackles the earthbound sequences, while Doc Shaner launches us into space. And it’s all written by Tom King, the Eisner Award-winning writer who brought you Mister Miracle, Omega Men, and Sheriff of Babylon.

Why we like it: Issue one of Strange Adventures was, well it was strange. A master of the 12 issue maxi series, Tom King’s signature style is on full display, with whip smart dialogue and a plot that subverts expectations. 

The Indie One: Gideon Falls #22

Publisher: Image
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Andrea Sorrentino

What it is: NEW STORY ARC 2019 EISNER AWARD WINNER, BEST NEW SERIES ‘WICKED WORLDS,’ Part One After the mind-bending destruction of the Black Barn, our heroes find themselves spread across the Gideon Falls multiverse the barn contained within! While Angie struggles to survive in a 1984 version, Clara is alone in the old West, Father Fred is a man out of place in cyberpunk Gideon Falls-and where Norton landed is anyone’s guess… And while these worlds all seem far apart, the Laughing Man is always closer than you think!

Why we like it: One of the best indie comic on the stands, the world of Gideon Falls is creepy and full of horrors.

The #1 One: A Man Among Ye #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Stephanie Phillips
Art: Craig Cermak

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE High adventure on the high seas in the waning days of piracy, when men were men, and the best pirates were…women? Writer STEPHANIE PHILLIPS (Butcher of Paris, Descendent) and artist CRAIG CERMAK (Red Team, Voltron) bring to life the tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read as they hoist the skull and crossbones, draw cutlasses, and seek a treasure that will make them legends. In an era when sailing with women was thought to be bad luck, Anne and Mary might just be the only people capable of saving the pirate way of life.

Why we like it: Stephanie Phillips got our attention with the exceptionally good Butcher of Paris, and we’re exited for her swashbuckling tale of lady pirates.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Wonder Woman #757

Publisher: DC
Steve Orlando
Jesus Merino
Cover Art: Olivier Coipel

What it is: Warmaster’s plot to destroy Wonder Woman’s family is nearly complete… but Diana has reunited with her former protégé Donna Troy! Are the two of them enough to face the might of the Four Horsewomen? Or is the Age of the Amazons at an end?

Why we like it: The second best Wonder Woman cover out this week. The best already took the spot at the top of the pile.

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

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