The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – November 25, 2020

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to a special Thanksgiving 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: X of Swords Destruction #1

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

What it is: The wheel of fortune turns. The unfortunate fall. A sword against the darkness. 

Why we love it: After several slow burn issues following the champions of Krakoa an Arakki gathering swords, I was ready for an all-out sword fight to determine the fate of mutant kind. Instead we got arm-wrestling, marriages and drinking contests. Strangely I was not disappointed at all, but delighted that the story has continued to surprise and embrace the unexpected.

The Mainstream One: Dark Nights Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Various
Art: Chris Burnham

What it is: The DC Multiverse is a collection of alternate-reality worlds where anything is possible. Each world tells the tale of a possible split in reality, or shows how lives vary depending on a single, solitary decision. But now that the Multiverse has been destroyed, the Batman Who Laughs has used his god like power to create a new Dark Multiverse, a collection of 52 evil worlds, each more terrifying than the last. This one-shot offers the curious and the brave €”a glimpse into the nightmare realities that the Batman Who Laughs has created in tales by creators who know what it means to have a truly twisted sense of misfit humor. An Arkham Asylum even more terrifying than what we know? A world of evil Super Pets? All that and more in these new tales of the Multiverse Who Laughs!

Why we like it: Dark Night Death Metal is so unapologetically ridiculous yet so ridiculously fun. Things keep getting more and more weird but I just can’t quit this series.

The Indie One: Other History of the DC Universe

Publisher: DC
Words: John Ridley
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Andrea Cucchi

What it is: Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Let It Fall) examines the mythology of the DC Universe in this compelling new miniseries that reframes iconic moments of DC history and charts a previously unexplored sociopolitical thread as seen through the prism of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups.This unique new series presents its story as prose by Ridley married with beautifully realized illustrations by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi. Issue #1 follows the story of Jefferson Pierce, the man who will one day become Black Lightning, as he makes his way from being a young track star to a teacher and, ultimately, to his role as a hero. Future issues focus on characters such as Karen and Mal Duncan, Tatsu Yamashiro, and Renee Montoya. Extensively researched and masterfully executed, The Other History of the DC Universe promises to be an experience unlike any other. You may think you know the history of the DC Universe but the truth is far more complex. The Other History of the DC Universe isn’t about saving the world, it’€™s about having the strength to simply be who you are.

Why we like it: Great concept for a mini-series and an awesome cover to kick it off. 

The #1 One: The Scumbag #2 (of 5)

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Moreno Donisio

What it is: The Central Authority meets Ernie’s demands to help save the world, and he meets his new partner Sister Mary. Together, they uncover a terrible plot by the terrorist group Scorpionus. Will Agent Scumbag help stop them or join for a bump in pay?

Why we like it: In issue one we witnessed our “protagonist” simultaneously shooting up and openly shitting in the middle of a crowded sidewalk. It was gross, it was shocking, and it was hilarious and I desperately want more.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Spawn #312

Publisher: Image
Todd McFarlane
Carlo Barberi
Cover Art: Todd McFarlane

What it is: ‘CULT OF OMEGA,’ Part One of Three-SPAWN raises some of the ‘dead’ as he storms a palace that has been concealing the secrets of a hidden society whose members can combine to become more powerful than any SPAWN throughout time! Lead by their new king…the OMEGA SPAWN! TODD McFARLANE and CARLO BARBERI launch an exciting and dangerous new chapter for SPAWN!

Why we like it: Love this cover swipe of ASM #700 Skyline Variant. Whenever McFarlane does a homage cover, I’m buying.


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

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