The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – November 18, 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: Amazing Spider-Man #52

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Patrick Gleason

What it is: LAST REMAINS CONTINUES! If you think you’ve seen a brutal Spider-Man fight before, you are wrong. Do not miss this issue.

Why we love it: Crawling to the top of the pile, I’ve been anxiously waiting to see what happens after the stunning conclusion to issue #51. Patrick Gleason’s art perfectly sets the tone for this dark turn in Nick Spencer’s ASM run. 

The Mainstream One: Venom #30

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Luke Ross

What it is: THIS IS IT! The face-melting finale to VENOM BEYOND, by Donny Cates and special guest illustrator LUKE ROSS! Trapped at the mercy of the dangerous new foe called CODEX, Eddie Brock will have to make an impossible choice!

Why we like it: Donny Cates makes his obligatory appearance on the list and this week he’s bringing his alt-universe Venom Beyond arc to a close. There has been no shortage of twists and turns throughout this story, and I have no idea how anything could top last issue’s reveal that Codex is actually this dimension’s Dylan Brock. But I’d wager Mr. Cates has thought of something.

The Indie One: Seven to Eternity #14

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opena

What it is: ‘SPRINGS OF ZHAL,’ Part One-The journey nears its end. Adam and The Mud King must make a final sacrifice before it does. The origin of the Springs revealed. One giant evil consumes everything, and you celebrate it excitedly.

Why we like it: This series debuted all the way back in 2016. Hard to believe that it has been almost 2 years since issue #13 and that we are now closing in on the end of the series. Despite its frustratingly erratic release schedule and insufferable hiatuses, Seven to Eternity is quality whenever it does come out and one of the best books on the stands.

The #1 One: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night #1

Publisher: Behemoth
Words: Ana Lily Amirpour
Art: Michael DeWeese

What it is: Written by the director of the film of the same name rated 96% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire, The Girl, stalks the town’s most unsavory inhabitants.

Why we like it: The comic book adaptation of the critically-acclaimed, indie-horror movie of the same name, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends themes of the American-West and vampire folklore with modern societal issues, creating something truly unique and genuinely terrifying yet relatable.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Marvels Voices Indigenous Voices #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words and Art:
Cover Art: David Mack

What it is: MARVEL CELEBRATES INDIGENOUS HISTORY WITH A STAR-STUDDED SPECIAL! Today’s hottest Native American and Indigenous talent make their Marvel Comics debuts with a collection of super-charged stories as Marvel celebrates National Native American Heritage Month! Celebrated writer and artist Jeffrey Veregge explores the legacy of Marvel’s incredible cast of Indigenous characters! Hugo, Nebula, and Locus-award winning Black/Ohkay Owingeh writer Rebecca Roanhorse and Tongva artist Weshoyot Alvitre tell an Echo tale like none you’ve heard before. Geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger joins acclaimed Whitefish Lake First Nation artist Kyle Charles for a Dani Moonstar story that’s out of this world! And Bram Stoker-winning horror writer Stephen Graham Jones of the Blackfeet Nation teams up with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation artist David Cutler to revisit one of the darkest spots of X-Men history!

Why we like it: I feel a bit wrong not highlighting Jeffrey Veregge’s cover for Marvel’s Indigenous Voices, but there’s something about this David Mack cover that hits all the right notes for me.

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

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