The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – September 16, 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 #7

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Nick Klein

What it is: SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MJOLNIR… And this is a poor time for the All-Father of Asgard to lose his primary weapon. The Golden City is in chaos after Galactus’ ill-timed visit, and there are new threats on the horizon. Thor needs his hammer now more than ever…and yet the Uru grows heavier with every passing day. What will it take for the God of Thunder to hang on to one of the most powerful weapons in the Multiverse?

Why we love it: The king returns to the top of the pile! Write Donny Cates concluded the first arc of his Thor run with a shocking revelation and an even crazier cliffhanger. This series has been bonkers good from issue #1, and I have no idea how it can top itself but I’m all-in for the ride.

The Mainstream One: Batman #99

Publisher: DC
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Jorge Jimenez

What it is: “The Joker War” part five of six! Things have changed, as Batman realizes he can’t fight this war alone. He’s going to need help. Before he faces down The Joker, he must call up his trusty partner Dick Grayson! But can Dick reclaim his lost memories in time to join the battle?

Why we like it: Post-Rebirth Batman pushes towards issue #100. We are entering Joker War’s endgame and Batman has called the entire Bat-family into the fray. I think Tynion IV is writing a highly entertaining Batman story but Jorge Jimenez’s art has been the real star of this run.

The Indie One: Seven Secrets #2

Publisher: Boom!
Words: Tom Taylor
Art: Daniele De Nicuolo

What it is: After a deadly attack on the Order, their youngest member Caspar must step forward to keep the world safe from the Seven Secrets with the power to destroy it. But surviving The Trials doesn’t mean just becoming the next Holder of a great Secret – it also carries dangers that will change Caspar’s life in unimaginable ways…

Why we like it: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first issue, considering the solicitation description didn’t really hook me at first. The premise is totally straight-forward, there exists in the world 7 objects of immense power which are guarded by a secret society and constantly under threat. But it’s the characters and the secrets that they carry which really drive the drama in this story.

The #1 One: Stillwater #1

Publisher: Image Skybound
Words: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Ramon K Perez

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE! Nobody dies. In the town of Stillwater, that’s not just a promise. It’s a threat. Join superstar writer CHIP ZDARSKY (THE WHITE TREES, Daredevil) and Eisner Award-winning artist RAMÓN K PÉREZ (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Jane) as they dive into a world of horror and intrigue in this new ongoing Skybound series.

Why we like it: Chip Zdarsky is a talented creator who has successfully written a variety of indie and mainstream comics in the action/comedy vein. It is yet to be seen how well he can handle a horror story but Zdarsky has said in interviews that this story has been percolating in his brain for years, so I’m intrigued.


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Giant Size X-Men Storm #1

Publisher: Marvel
Jonathan Hickman
Russell Duaterman
Cover Art: Jen Bartel

What it is: In GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: JEAN GREY & EMMA FROST, Hickman and Dauterman took Jean and Emma into Storm’s mind to learn what had happened to her. Now they take the X-Men’s resident goddess to the far end of the world to save herself!

Why we like it: Love how the fiery explosion of colors in the background contrast against Storm’s stunningly rendered hair. Gorgeous.

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

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