The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – September 23, 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: Dark Nights Death Metal: Speed Metal #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas

What it is: It’s the drag race from hell in this one-shot tie-in to Dark Nights: Death Metal! Taking place after the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal #3, the Darkest Knight is after Wally West and his Dr. Manhattan powers. Thankfully, Wally has backup in the form of Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, and Wallace West! It’s a knockdown, drag-out race through the Wastelands as the Flash Family tries to stay steps ahead of the Darkest Knight and his Lightning Knights!

Why we love it: Death Metal story lines are energetic and ridiculous and just so much fun to read. I also like how some of the Rebirth stuff is finally paying off here, specifically with Wally West/Dr. Manhattan connection.

The Mainstream One: X of Swords: Creation #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard
Art: Pepe Larraz, Marte Garcia

What it is: X OF SWORDS – CHAPTER 1 A tower. A mission. A gathering of armies. Rated T+

Why we like it: Read as “Ten of Swords”, this is the event that all X series have been building towards since House of X/Powers of X. There’s been so much crazy stuff happening, so many just insane story lines that have been introduced but never really reconciled, that it has been challenging keeping up with everything goinging on in the X universe. I’m hoping X of Swords starts pulling some of these hanging threads together.

The Indie One: Low #25

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Gre Tocchini, Dave McCaig

What it is: ‘LIGHT BRINGS LIGHT,’ Part Three-Does hope make a difference when the world burns? Can Stel Caine save her fractured family in time to save mankind? The penultimate issue of the hit series!

Why we like it: I’m going to be so sad when this series is over because it has consistently been one of my favorite reads. But part of me is also kind of relieved that I won’t have to suffer the soul-crushing heart break that Low delivers month after month.

The #1 One: Immortal She-Hulk #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Jon Davis-Hunt, Marcio Menyz

What it is: In the wake of Empyre, Jen Walters goes Immortal!The Cotati invasion has changed everything for Jennifer Walters. Now she seems to have a new lease on life…but things are never that simple for the gamma-powered. Al Ewing gives She-Hulk the ‘IMMORTAL’ treatment with a horrifying stand-alone tale! Rated T+

Why we like it: Al Ewing is currently writing an all-time-great Hulk story in Immortal Hulk. Will he be able to channel some of that same magic to She-Hulk? We’ll find out starting this week.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Fantastic Four: Antithesis #2 (of 4)

Publisher: Marvel
Mark Waid
Neal Adams, Mark Farmer, Laura Martin
Cover Art: Alex Ross

What it is: The Silver Surfer leads the Fantastic Four in a mad race to find the missing Galactus. Only he has the power to defeat Antithesis – the Negative Zone version of Galactus himself! Rated T

Why we like it: I feel like I hold Alex Ross to a higher standard than other artists, because his baseline quality is already so good. He is a contender for best cover most weeks but he really has to do something extraordinary to get the win. This Silver Surfer cover did just that.

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

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