The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – January 20, 20201

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. Some weeks it’s easy to pick the list. This week has so many good books coming out that it was really a task to  whittle this one down.

Here’s just some of what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Rorschach #4 (of 12)

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Jorge Fornes

What it is: At last, it’s time for Laura’€™s story. The detective following Rorschach’s trail turns his eyes toward the vigilante’s female companion. Who is behind that domino mask, and what led her to team up with an old comic book creator to try to assassinate a controversial presidential candidate? These are the threads the detective must unravel €”and they lead him to a circus side show and the strong man she once convinced to kill for her.

Why we love it: Tom King doing what he does best, writing a 12-issue maxi series. And it’s a Watchmen book to boot. Awesome series so far.

The Mainstream One: Batman Catwoman #2 (of 12)

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann

What it is: Phantasm has come to Gotham City! Andrea Beaumont, the one-time love of Bruce Wayne, is looking for her lost child, and she’s pretty sure The Joker is involved. So, who better to have as an ally than Batman? And what better way to get to Batman than through Catwoman? It’s a knotted history for this costumed quartet, spanning past, present, and future. What The Joker did to Selina Kyle at the beginning of her career will have deadly consequences at the end of their lives. Tom King’s ultimate tale of the Dark Knight kicks into high gear as the story roars down the avenues only hinted at in the pages of Batman.

Why we like it: I may be the only one who misses Tom King’s Batman, but the Bat/Cat romance was undeniably the highlight of his run. Also Tom King makes the list twice in a week, which probably hasn’t happened since 2018.

The Indie One: Seven to Eternity #16

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Jermoe Opena

What it is: ‘SPRINGS OF ZHAL,’ Part Three-In the penultimate issue of RICK REMENDER and JEROME OPEÑA’s fantasy epic, the honor of the Osidis family is put to a final test as offers are presented and an even greater threat is unleashed.

Why we like it: This book took forever to release, and yet somehow it is over far too soon. Seven to Eternity may go down as Remender’s finest work to date, which would be saying a lot. However I will reserve judgement until next month when Low also comes to and end.

The #1 One: Rain Like Hammers #1

Publisher: Image
Words and Art: Brandon Graham

What it is: KING CITY AND PROPHET writer and artist BRANDON GRAHAM returns with an all-new OVERSIZED FIVE-ISSUE SERIES! Eugene is a new inhabitant of Elephant, a walking city on the desert world of Crown Majesty. Far from friends and family, he spends most of his time navigating melancholy daydreams, toying with alien technology, and researching the best places to find high-quality fast food. At best, his life is lonely and monotonous-but all of that changes when a mysterious force begins destroying Crown Majesty’s walking cities!

Why we like it: I just hope we get Awesome Sci-Fi Comic Creator Brandon Graham, and not Angry Twitter User Brandon Graham.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Daredevil #25 (2nd Print)

Publisher: Marvel
Chip Zdarsky
Mark Checchetto
Cover Art: Mark Checchetto

What it is: ‘DOING TIME’ Starts Here! After a landmark year that put Daredevil through the wringer, this December, CHIP ZDARSKY and MARCO CHECCHETTO are dropping the Man Without Fear into familiar territory: behind bars. But there are no conspiracies against Daredevil to be found here – just the truth that his actions led to a man’s death. Faced with the reality and consequences of his actions, will Daredevil have the stomach to serve his term? Worse still, facing down a prison’s worth of criminals he helped put away, will he survive it? Rated T+

Why we like it: In case you missed it, Elektra made her first appearance wearing the Daredevil mantle in issue #25. This 2nd printing of said issue will be her first cover appearance. Nobody knows how long she will stay under the red cowl, but these type of things usually are worth picking up.

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

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