The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 19, 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 #6

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Nick Klein

What it is: THE DEATH OF KING THOR! The Black Winter has the power to reveal the means of any person’s demise – and if the vision is true, Asgard is going to need a new Odinson to take the throne! But Thor is no mere herald or king – and even the death of all existence should fear his coming wrath. Rated T+

Why we love it: Any writer following Jason Aaron’s decade long run on Thor had frost giant sized shoes to fill, but Donny Cates has proven himself worthy. This book continues to be awesome and all previous issues in the series have been selling well on the secondary market. 

The Mainstream One: Harley Quinn #75

Publisher: DC
Words: Sam Humphries
Art: Sami Basri

What it is: At last, it’s the star-studded roast of Harley Quinn! Nothing is off-limits, no topic is out of bounds, and no one-and we mean no one!-will escape unscathed. Harley may be the funniest person in the DC Universe, but how well can she take a joke? Plus, in a backup story illustrated by superstar artist Riley Rossmo tying into ‘The Joker War,’ Harley Quinn faces off against Punchline!

Why we like it: Issue #75 marks the final issue in the current ongoing Harley Quinn series. What is strange is that DC has given no details about a relaunch. Odd, considering that Harley has been DC’s most popular character introduced in the past two decades. With the news of huge staff cuts at DC comics and a potential 20-25% reduction to print comics, could this be Harley’s final solo act for awhile?

The Indie One: Low #24

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Greg Tocchini

What it is: ‘LIGHT BRINGS LIGHT,’ Part Two There comes a point in any struggle when it is time to quit and accept fate. As Salus rises, the Burnt Legion brings Tajo and her people that horrible realization. Della arrives to turn the tide…but which way?

Why we like it: Low is far and away my favorite Rick Remender book, and that is saying something.

The #1 One: Maestro #1 (of 5)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Peter David
Art: German Peralta, Dale Kwoewn

What it is: THE STORY YOU’VE WAITED DECADES FOR: THE ORIGIN OF MAESTRO! Almost 30 years after the landmark story Future Imperfect, legendary INCREDIBLE HULK scribe Peter David returns to the far-future version of the Hulk known as Maestro – the master of what remains of the world. With astounding art from HULK veteran Dale Keown and up-and-comer Germán Peralta, Maestro will answer questions that have haunted Hulk fans for years – and inspire some new ones. How did the world fall and the Maestro rise? What happened to the world’s heroes in between? And where is the Hulk we know and love? Find out here! Rated T+

Why we like it: I’m on the fence about this series. The fact that we’re revisiting the Future Imperfect universe has me you worried that Marvel is running low on new ideas and that they risk tarnishing the legacy of a classic Hulk story line. Original Future Imperfect writer, Peter David, returns for Maestro which is a good sign, but artist George Perez unfortunately does not.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Avengers #35

Publisher: Marvel
Jason Aaron
Javi Garron
Cover Art: Matteo Scalera

What it is: THE AGE OF KHONSHU! An empowered, godlike Moon Knight has just saved the world from fiery ruin. Now an army of mummies and moon priests begins to reshape the world in the image of ancient Egypt. But where does that leave the Avengers? Broken, imprisoned – or on the run in the moonlit streets of New Thebes City.

Why we like it: Moon Knight is wielding Mjolinir and I have to know what this is all about.

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

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