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: Amazing Spider-man #51
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Patrick Gleason
What it is: LAST REMAINS CONTINUES! Kindred shows Spider-Man his true power, and Spidey sees how much trouble he’s in.
Why we love it: Nick Spencer’s is taking Spidey down a dark turn and it has been nothing short of captivating, and Patrick Gleason’s art has been fantastic. This ASM run has been pull-worthy.
The Mainstream One: Dark Nights Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! #1
Words: Becky Cloonan, Frank Tieri
Art: Dale Eaglesham
What it is: Pull up a chair, ya bastiches—it’s time for Uncle Lobo’s Infinite Hour! It’s your chance to let the Main Man Lobo-tomize you with familiar yet freaky stories of the DC Universe, exactly as he remembers them: with blood and guts and exxxtreme gratuitous violence! Tell yer comics guy to put you down for alllll the copies!
Why we like it: Is there a DC character more metal than Lobo?
The Indie One: We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #3
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Simone Di Meo
What it is: * Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II are trapped in warp space, as they’re pursued by the mysterious government agent Richter. * They have two choices – drop out of warp speed and risk being destroyed by Richter or stay in warp until their engines explode from overheating. * Who will survive long enough to discover a living God?
Why we like it: Incredible sci-fi action with spiritual undertones, I’m still loving the latest from Al Ewing.
The #1 One: Punchline Special #1
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Sam Johns
What it is: Spinning out of the pages of The Joker War comes the first solo book starring the blockbuster new character Punchline. As she faces the consequences for her role in The Joker War, the story of how Alexis Kaye became Punchline will take Leslie Thompkins, Harper Row, and Cullen Row on a harrowing journey that reveals a fringe teenager’s radicalization to the ideology of a madman. It’s a terrifying tale so big it demanded an oversize special issue!
Why we like it: I found an appreciation for Punchline as we followed her throughout The Joker War. Definitely more than just Harley Quinn-light, I’m looking forward to learning more about her origins.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Strange Academy #5
Words: Skottie Young
Art: Humberto Ramos
Cover Art: Humberto Ramos
What it is: The founding of the Strange Academy came with some gigantic risks. So far the students and teachers haven’t felt the sting of those risks. That changes this issue. o Something horrible is bubbling up in the bayous outside New Orleans and the students of Strange Academy are going to have to wade in and uncover an evil that they are not ready to handle.
Why we like it: Timely and relevant. This Zoom-call inspired cover will be a reminder of the strange year that was 2020.
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!