The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – December 2, 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: Thor #10

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Nick Klein, Matt Wilson

What it is: THE DARK PRISON OF DONALD BLAKE! For years Doctor Donald Blake has wandered a land far from Midgard, the place he once thought home. Now he has returned to the Ten Realms—but it is not the place it was, nor he the man who once shared a body with a god. New terrors await in what is perhaps Donny Cates’ darkest story yet!

The Mainstream One: Strange Adventures #7

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads

What it is: Adam Strange was right! In this issue guest-starring Batman, the Pykkts have come to Earth, and they plan to claim the planet as their own. Earth’s greatest heroes have faced alien invasions before, but they’re about to learn that the Pykkts are more formidable, more determined, and more deadly than any invading force they’ve faced before. Only Adam Strange has ever defeated them, but it nearly cost him everything—including his own sanity! How did he survive? Mr. Terrific will need to uncover that secret if humanity is going to survive!

The Indie One: Spy Island #4 (of 4)

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Chelsea Caine
Art: Elise McCall

What it is: Super spy Nora Freud is just like the rest of us: fit, stylish, sardonic, devilishly attractive, annoyingly smart, and maybe, possibly, a tiny bit imperfect? Could Nora’s family baggage be key to identifying the recent fauna agitation in the Bermuda Triangle? Nah. It probably has something to do with the super villain in the underwater sea lab. This issue is the THRILLING conclusion of this limited series.

The #1 One: King in Black #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Ryan Stegman

What it is: DARKNESS REIGNS! After a campaign across the galaxy, Knull’s death march arrives to Earth and, worse yet, he hasn’t come alone! With an army of hundreds of thousands of symbiote dragons at his command, the King in Black is a force unlike any Earth’s heroes have ever faced. EDDIE BROCK, A.K.A. VENOM has seen firsthand the chaos that even one of Knull’s symbiotic monsters can wreak—will he survive an encounter with the God of the Abyss himself? From Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, J.P. Mayer, Frank Martin and Clayton Cowles comes the definitive chapter in their two-year-long VENOM saga that changed everything you thought you knew about symbiotes!

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Knull: Marvel Tales #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words:
Donny Cates
Art:
Ryan Stegman, Mark Bagley, Danilo Beyruth
Cover Art: Marco Mastrazzo

What it is: Knull, god of the symbiotes, will haunt your nightmares as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, superstar creators Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman introduce Knull in crucial chapters of their sensational reinvention of the Venom mythos! In VENOM (2018) #3-4, Venom and Miles Morales stand in the way of a symbiote dragon terrorizing Manhattan—but what connects it to Knull? In VENOM: CARNAGE BORN, from Cates and Danilo Beyruth, a deadly cult resurrects the serial killer Carnage as an agent of Knull! And legendary artist Mark Bagley illustrates Venom’s fight for survival in VENOM (2018) #25, setting the stage for Knull’s imminent arrival in the epic KING IN BLACK!

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

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