The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – October 28, 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 #3 (or 3)

Publisher: DC
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Jason Fabok

What it is: The final chapter of the most terrifying and personal Batman mystery is here! Still reeling from their last encounter with the three Jokers, Batman, Batgirl, and Red Hood discover the terrible truth about the Three Jokers’™ plot. Will the caped crusaders have the strength needed to put an end to the maniacal menaces™’ master plan once and for all, or will it be lights out for good? You won’t want to miss the stunning conclusion of Batman: Three Jokers as it completes its trajectory as the ultimate examination of The Joker and his never-ending conflict with Batman.

Why we love it: This series has been an awesome read and Jason Fabok’s art is so good. Can’t wait to see how this ends. 

The Mainstream One: Batgirl #50

Publisher: DC
Words: Cecil Castellucci
Art: Aneke, Emanuela Lupacchino, Marguerita Sauvage, Mick Gray, Scott Hanna, Wade Von Grawbader, Jordie Bellaire, Trish Mulvihill

What it is: Series finale! All good things must come to an end, as we wrap up this run of Batgirl with one final oversized celebratory issue! In the aftermath of The Joker War,€ Gotham is left in pieces that need to be picked up by Barbara and Alejo’s team, but is Gotham a city worth saving anymore, and how much longer does our girl have it in her to keeping fighting for it as Batgirl? Then, if Barbara is to ever give her relationship with Jason a chance, she knows she has to face him and finally make amends with the act that crippled him.

Why we like it: This issue was supposed to be the launch point for DC’s 5G event, an event which would show us a future where DC’s legacy characters are aged out, with new heroes picking up their mantles. Fan response to DC’s 5G announcement was luke warm and the whole thing quickly dematerialized after the ousting of DC Publisher and 5G mastermind Dan Didio. Big things are happening in this issue regardless, namely the introdcution of Ryan Wilder, a new character who is also set to debut on the smallscreen as the CW’s new Batwoman. Batgirl #50 will mark the character’s first appearance in the DCU and could see demand if the show’s second season is a hit.

The Indie One: Sex Criminals #69

Publisher: Image
Words: Matt Fraction
Art: Chip Zdarsky

What it is: FINAL ISSUE! SERIES FINALE in which we skip ahead 39 issues and check in with how it all ends up a few years down the line. SPOILERS: pretty okay?

Why we like it: Sex Criminals comes to its end, fittingly with #69. I sure hope there’s a happy ending. 

The #1 One: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the Last Ronin #1 (of 5)

Publisher: IDW
Words: Tom Waltz, Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman
Art: Esau Escorza, Isaac Escorza

What it is: It’s the TMNT event of 2020! Springing from the minds of TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comes an epic like you’ve never seen before! In a future NYC far different than the one we know today, a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. Kinetic layouts from Eastman, moody inks from Andy Kuhn and a thrilling script full of surprises from longtime TMNT scribe Tom Waltz all combine to make this one of the most memorable TMNT stories you will ever read! Oversized in both format and page count, this is a perennial TMNT tale that can’t be missed!

Why we like it: The Last Ronin tells the tale of the last, surviving member of the four original Ninja Turtles. We don’t know who the Last Ronin is, all we know is that he carries the weapons of all his brothers. 

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Spawn #311

Publisher: Image
Todd McFarlane
Gerardo Zaffino
Cover Art: Todd McFarlane

What it is: ‘THE INFERNO FALLOUT,’ Part Two New Heroes! New Villains! New Costume! SPAWN continues down his path of eliminating those that have burned down the neighborhood he grew up in as a child. Fires, protests, and politics cannot hide them from Spawn’s vengeful wrath…especially the mastermind behind it all called RED MEAT! TODD McFARLANE and GERARDO ZAFFINO continue to weave their tale of VENGEANCE!

Why we like it: Wakanda. Forever.


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

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