The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – January 13, 2021

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 #57

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Mark Bagley

What it is: Spider-Man continues to pick up the pieces and try to put his life together. • But many of the gathering storms are swirling more and more violently… • We want to tell you more but it WOULD SPOIL SO MUCH OF LAST REMAINS!!! Rated T+

Why we love it: Nick Spencer’s run on ASM is looking to set right some of the great wrongs done to Peter Parker in the past. If you hated One More Day, you’re not going to want to miss this. 

The Mainstream One: King in Black Gwenom vs Carnage #1 (of 3)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Seanan McGurie
Art: Flaviano

What it is: GWEN STACY ENTERS THE FRAY AGAINST THE KING IN BLACK! Bonded to a synthetic symbiote from another reality, GHOST-SPIDER, aka Gwen Stacy of Earth-65, is unique among the webslingers of the multiverse! But when KNULL descends on her adopted home, his gravity well of dark psychic energy will reap unforeseen consequences not only on Gwen, but on her symbiotic suit as well! Rated T+

Why we like it: On Earth-65, Gwen Stacy was bitten by a radio active spider and became Spider-Gwen, er I mean Ghost-Spider… Making Mary Jane the Carnage of this world doesn’t make a ton of sense beyond the red, but it sounds fun.

The Indie One: Haha #1

Publisher: Image
Words: W. Maxwell Prince
Art: Vanesa Del Rey

What it is: ICE CREAM MAN writer W. MAXWELL PRINCE brings his signature style of one-shot storytelling to the world of clowns-and he’s invited SOME OF THE COMIC INDUSTRY’S BEST ARTISTS to join him for the ride. HAHA is a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool-but these ain’t your typical jokers. With issues drawn by VANESA DEL REY (REDLANDS), GABRIEL WALTA (Vision), ROGER LANGRIDGE (Thor), and more, HAHA peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about ‘funny’ men and women, proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.

Why we like it: The brilliant mind behind the breakout series Ice Cream Man brings a new horror anthology to Image comics, and it is sure to both terrify and delight.

The #1 One: Future State Dark Detective #1 (of 4)

Publisher: DC
Words: Mariko Tamaki
Art: Dan Mora

What it is: The world thought Bruce Wayne was dead. They were dead wrong! When the sinister para-military organization known as the Magistrate seizes control of Gotham City, the original Batman went big to put them down…but even the Dark Knight couldn’t predict how far this evil force would go to stop him. Now, Bruce Wayne is on the run! From Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and rising star artist Dan Mora, it’€™s the story of a Batman pushed to the brink €”with nothing left to lose. Also in this issue, Grifter is back! Cole Cash is having a bad day, and that’s not going to improve when the detectives of the GCPD show up! Will a chance meeting with Luke Fox change his luck? Or is his day about to get a lot worse?

Why we like it: Like last week, there are a bunch of Future State titles being released this week, and and there are more than a few that look interesting. And like last week, I’m picking the book with the strongest creative team.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Future State Kara Zor-El Superwoman #1 (of 2)

Publisher: DC
Marguerite Bennet
Marguerite Sauvage
Cover Art: Alex Garner

What it is: Kara Zor-El, Superman’s hot-tempered cousin, has finally found peace and purpose away from Earth and its heroes. Now known as Superwoman, she watches over the Moon and the refugees from across the galaxy who have congregated there. But all of that is about to change when a spaceship piloted by a runaway alien crash-lands and turns Kara’€™s world upside down! Does this fugitive come in peace? Or does this arrival bring war to our hero’€™s front door?

Why we like it: That solar flare…

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

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