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. Thank goodness there are new Marvel books out this week.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Thor #5
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Nic Klein
What it is: THE BLACK WINTER IS HERE. A god. A king. A herald. Every title Thor has worn has come with its own powers, its own terrible responsibilities. But none of them will be enough to stop the Black Winter. To save the Ten Realms – the entirety of the Multiverse – the Odinson must become…something else.
Why we love it: Donny Cates continues his landmark run Thor, and this week we get the arrival of the big, bad, Black Winter and a major change to Thor. Awesome.
The Mainstream One: Empyre Avengers #0
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Pepe Larraz
What it is: Tony Stark wakes from strange dreams – as old allies make a distress call to the Avengers. In the new Green Area of the Moon, the Cotati are waiting with news of a terrible enemy that could wipe out both them and humanity itself. The Celestial Messiah has returned… but are the Avengers ready to hear his message? Rated T+
Why we like it: As much as I typically loathe these big Marvel crossover events, it’s comforting to see and makes me feel like things are getting back to normal.
The Indie One: Gutter Magic Smoke & Mirrors #1
Words: Rich Douek
Art: Fei Chen
What it is: A new day dawns in the world of Gutter Magic! Cinder is back on the streets, and a dangerous new gang moves in to claim the Morgue’s former territory – leaving it up to Shiver to defend the remnants of her mother’s criminal empire. As he faces down new foes, and old, Cinder is about to learn that knowing magic, and actually practicing it, are two completely different things. The hit series continues with an all new adventure, featuring new interior artist Fei Chen!
Why we like it: I really enjoyed the original Gutter Magic 6-issue mini published by IDW, but honestly thought it was going to be a one-and-done series. So kudos to Source Point Press for green lighting more stories from the grimey, magical world of Gutter Magic,.
The #1 One: That Texas Blood #1
Words: Chris Condon
Art: Jacob Phillips
What it is: SERIES PREMIERE CRIMINAL colorist and first time solo artist JACOB PHILLIPS and writer CHRIS CONDON break onto the scene with a brand-new ongoing series! Like Paris, Texas gut-punched by No Country for Old Men, this mature neo-Western crime series kicks off when the search for a casserole dish leads to a dark and tense confrontation on Sheriff Joe Bob Coates’ 70th birthday. ‘CHRIS & JACOB pull off something remarkable here. A vivid and bright story that nails a thorough sense of foreboding and darkness. A shocking amount of talent for a duo so fresh to comics!’ -CHIP ZDARSKY (SEX CRIMINALS, Daredevil)
Why we like it: I’m down for any comic that refers to itself as a neo-Western.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Plunge #4 (of 6)
Words: Joe Hill
Art: Jeremy Wilson
Cover Art: Gary Frank
What it is: Moriah, Bill, Russell, and the rest of the MacReady’s crew get an unexpectedly intimate tour inside the minds of their eyeless new friends. Meanwhile, Lacome does the math and comes to an alarming conclusion.
Why we like it: Ew.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!