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 #4 (of 7)
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo
What it is: Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman are trapped in nightmare worlds within the Dark Multiverse! They’ll need to face down their fiercest foes once again if they hope to accomplish their mission and bring back a power capable of stopping the Darkest Knight. But what horrors has he unleashed on Earth while they have been locked away?!
Why we love it: I don’t care how absurd this story has been, this series is just balls to the wall fun. Superboy Prime is back and you know he’s ready to turn things up to eleven.
The Mainstream One: Amazing Spider-man #50
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Patrick Gleason
What it is: ‘LAST REMAINS’ STARTS HERE! THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN reaches another landmark and we’re celebrating Spider-Style! Spider-Man just took the beating of his life and we’re just getting started. Artist Patrick Gleason is back on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ushering in the saga that is ‘LAST REMAINS’! Kindred is stepping out on stage for the first time and Spider-Man is not ready for the havoc that Kindred is going to let loose. Rated T+
Why we like it: Sins Rising concluded a bit abruptly but not before hitting us with some pretty big revelations, including the return of the Green Goblin. Shockingly we still don’t know who Kindred really is, and I’m dying to find out. My money is on Gabriel Stacy.
The Indie One: We Live #1
Words: Inaki Miranda
Art: Roy Miranda
What it is: The year is 2084 and the world has changed. Wracked by calamities and crawling with monsters, the last remaining humans face a dangerous existence. And now, the Earth has been sent a message from the deepest reaches of space – a dark countdown to the extinction of all humanity. But there is hope! Five thousand children will be rescued by these mysterious message-senders. This is the journey of Hototo, one of the lucky five thousand – but only if his teenage sister, Tala, can safely deliver him to the nearest Beacon before time runs out. We Live is a world of violence and beauty, a unique tale of the apocalypse as told by Inaki Miranda (Catwoman, Batman Beyond) and Roy Miranda, that invites both dread and hope.
Why we like it: Pretty grim predicting the end of humanity in a little over 60 years from now, but I dig the premise, the art looks solid and it’s the kind of story that feels very appropriate for the challenging time in which we are living through currently.
The #1 One: Rorschach #1 (of 12)
Words: Tom King
Art: Jorge Fornes
What it is: It’s been 35 years since Ozymandias dropped a giant inter-dimensional squid on New York City, killing thousands and destroying the public’s trust in heroes once and for all. And since that time, one figure in a fedora, mask, and trenchcoat has become a divisive culture icon.So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as an assassin trying to kill a candidate running against President Robert Redford? Who is the man behind the mask, and why is he acting this way? It’s up to one detective to uncover the true identity of this would-be killer and it will take him into a web of conspiracies involving alien invasions, disgraced do-gooders, mystic visions, and yes, comic books. Writer Tom King joins forces with artist Jorge Fornes for a new miniseries that explores the mythic qualities of one of the most compelling characters from the bestselling graphic novel of all time, Watchmen
Why we like it: You had me at Tom King mini-series. I have some reservations about DC continuing to bastardize Alan Moore’s Watchmen, but not enough to keep me from picking this up on Wednesday. Not going to lie, pretty stoked for this comic.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Captain America #24
Words: Ta-Nehesi Coates
Art: Bob Quinn
Cover Art: Alex Ross
What it is: ALL DIE YOUNG! Continues! The Red Skull lives ! Rated T+
Why we like it: Alex Ross is giving us some stunning covers with his “Timeless” variants, a series of portraits depicting Marvel’s most iconic heroes in a clean, vintage Marvel style. And at the same time, he drops this bloody masterpiece and reminds us why he’s the best at what he does.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!