The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 26, 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: Batman Three Jokers #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Jason Fabok

What it is: Thirty years after Batman: The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Three Jokers reexamines the myth of who, or what, The Joker is and what is at the heart of his eternal battle with Batman. New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, the writer/artist team that waged the ‘Darkseid War’ in the pages of Justice League, reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker! After years of anticipation starting in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, the epic miniseries you’ve been waiting for is here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. It’s a mystery unlike any Batman has ever faced! PRESTIGE FORMAT.

The Mainstream One: Teen Titans Annual #2

Publisher: DC
Words: Adam Glass, Robbie Thompson
Art: Javi Fernandez

What it is: After Batman discovers the Teen Titans’ most shocking secrets, he arrives at Mercy Hall…and he wants a word with Robin. Don’t miss the confrontation between father and son that will alter the very course of the DC Universe. Will the Teen Titans ever be the same?

The Indie One: Spawn #309

Publisher: Image
Words: Todd McFarlane
Art: Ken Lashley

What it is: New Heroes! New Villains! New War! The MYSTERIOUS and DANGEROUS army of Spawns continues to grow. First She-Spawn and Reaper! Then Medieval Spawn! Now Gunslinger Spawn has made his presence known. But who is a hero and who is a villain? And is Al Simmons strong enough to control them all? Maybe his new armor will help! TODD McFARLANE and KEN LASHLEY continue their epic tale!

The #1 One: Fantastic Four Antithesis #1 (of 4)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Mark Waid
Art: Neal Adams

What it is: The first full-length Fantastic Four story ever illustrated by classic creator Neal Adams! An unstoppable meteor of unknown origin has just erupted from hyperspace–and unless the Fantastic Four can find a way to stop it from hitting Manhattan, millions will die! Rated T

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Wonder Woman #761

Publisher: DC
Mariko Tamaki
Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli
Cover Art: Joshua Middleton

What it is: It’s the team-up no one saw coming: Wonder Woman and Maxwell Lord! This evil jerk has returned to Diana’s life, but is Max here to save the day? With a new psychic phenomenon affecting more and more people, Wonder Woman is going to need all the help she can get to contain this frightening new warping of the mind…


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

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