The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – January 6, 2021

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to a new year and another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is still 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: Dark Nights Death Metal #7 (of 7)

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo

What it is: The song remains anything but the same as the house lights start to come up on DC€™s biggest, baddest battle for control of the Multiverse! The Darkest Knight is on the verge of ending this concert once and for all, but Wonder Woman has more than just a greatest hit planned. The Amazonian warrior stands ready to shred the Darkest Knight, solo! Plus, this extra-sized finale issue includes not one but two mind-blowing epilogues that lead directly into the next phase of the DC Universe €”and no fan will want to miss that!

Why we love it: Dark Nights Death Metal comes screaming to an end. Despite being un-apologetically ridiculous and occasionally nonsensical, this series has also been a hell of a lot of fun. As an added bonus, the conclusion to Death Metal will setup DC’s major cross-over event launching this week: Future State.

The Mainstream One: Future State Wonder Woman #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Joelle Jones
Art: Jenny Frison

What it is: Deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest lies a hero of mythic legend…Wonder Woman! But in the absence of Diana, Yara Flor has risen out of obscurity to protect Man’€™s World from the magic that lies within it. Along with her trusty steed, she journeys to the Underworld to rescue one of her Themysciran sisters from the grasp of Hades. Will she unleash the wrath of this god in the process? You won’t want to miss this first appearance of a character who will change the history of Wonder Woman forever!

Why we like it: Future State is set in the future (obviously) and new characters have taken up the mantle of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman and other super heroes. There are a bunch of Future State books out this week to launch the event, and I am definitely interested in Batman, Swamp Thing and Harley Quinn, but Wonder Woman grabsthe spotlight here due to the strong creative team of Joelle Jones and Jenny Frison.

The Indie One: Crossover #3

Publisher: Image
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Geoff Shaw

What it is: ‘KIDS LOVE CHAINS,’ Part Three-Monsters and robots falling from the sky! Mysterious (and familiar??) superheroes joining our intrepid gang on their journey to event ground zero! CROSSOVER continues with the series’ most explosive and shocking issue to date! Don’t miss this one, folks. If you do, it just might drive you…mad.

Why we like it: I would have picked this book based on the strength of the first two issues alone, but there has been a ton of hype leading up to issue #3 and supposedly something huge is about to go down.

The #1 One: Star Wars High Republic #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Cavan Scott
Art: Ario Anindito

What it is: BEFORE THE SKYWALKER SAGA! THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE JEDI! A new era of STAR WARS storytelling begins. It is centuries before the SKYWALKER SAGA. The JEDI are at their height, protecting the galaxy as REPUBLIC pioneers push out into new territories. As the Frontier prepares for the dedication of majestic STARLIGHT BEACON, PADAWAN KEEVE TRENNIS faces the ultimate choice – will she complete her Jedi Trials or rescue the innocent from disaster? New Jedi! New ships! New evils to fight!

Why we like it: Collectors have been going gaga for Star Wars comic books and prices of first appearances have been on a meteoric rise. This High Republic series focuses on a time period in Star Wars history that has yet to be explored. We’ll certainly be getting a handful of first appearances here, so this book feels like a worthy speculation grab.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Symbiote Spider-Man Marvel

Publisher: Marvel
Jim Shooter, Tom DeFalco, Dann Slott
Mike Zeck, Ron Frenz, Mark Bagley
Cover Art: In-Hyuk Lee

What it is: Go back in black with Spider-Man and his symbiotic suit 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, amid the chaos of Secret Wars, there comes a costume in MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #8 from the titanic team of Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck! But there’s more to the outfit than meets the eye – as Spider-Man, the ferocious Puma and the Fantastic Four all discover in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #256-258 by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz! Plus: A mighty Marvel team-up of legendary Spidey creators Dan Slott and Mark Bagley results in a poignant tale featuring the late, lamented police captain Jean DeWolff, from VENOM SUPER SPECIAL #1!

Why we like it: There were so many outstanding covers this week, it was really hard picking a winner. Black suit Spiderman is a favorite of mine and we were light on Marvel this week, so here’s your cover of the week.

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

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