The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – February 3, 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: Venom #33

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Iban Coello

What it is: As the King in Black spreads his suffocating darkness across the Marvel Universe, Eddie Brock looks for a light, any light, that can pierce it – and comes up empty-handed…

The Mainstream One: King in Black Gwenom vs Carnage #2 (of 3)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Seanan McGuire
Art: Flaviano

What it is: GWEN STACY VS. MARY JANE WATSON! They’ve been at each other’s throats over the band for years, but not like this. THIS battle of the bands really shreds


The Indie One: Fear Case #1

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Matt Kindt
Art: Tyler Jenkins

What it is: Matt Kindt!  Tyler Jenkins! A new, horrific detective series by Matt Kindt (Ether, Mind MGMT) and Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings)! A no-nonsense Secret Service agent and his new-age partner investigate a mysterious box known as the ”Fear Case,” which has appeared throughout history at sites of disaster and tragedy. Whoever comes into possession of this case must pass it on within three days or face deadly consequences. The agents must track down this Fear Case while staying one step ahead of a psychotic cult and the otherwordly forces behind the Case’s existence.


The #1 One: King in Black Black Knight #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Simon Spurrier
Art: Jesus Saiz

What it is: THE BLACK KNIGHT DUELS THE KING IN BLACK! KNULL’s ferocious assault upon earth has begun and Dane Whitman – Avenger, hero, and wielder of the mighty Ebony Blade as the BLACK KNIGHT – takes up sword and shield to defend against the unstoppable onslaught. Though the blade grants Dane incredible power so too does it consume him with a lust for violence and destruction. As the endless horde of symbiote dragons darken the skies of Shanghai, will the Black Knight overcome the growing evil within himself and join AERO and SWORD MASTER in saving the city?! And what secrets will the battle against Knull reveal about Dane’s past?


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Future State Wonder Woman #2 (of 2)

Publisher: DC
Words and
Art: Joelle Jones
Cover Art: Jenny Frison

What it is: Emerging from the Amazon rain forest, the new Wonder Woman must battle her way through hell! Witness Yara Flor at the height of her power as she takes on the king of the underworld, Hades himself! Betrayed by a close ally, Yara’€™s back is against the wall as she is forced to battle legions of demons for survival and to liberate her Themysciran sister. You won’t want to miss the exciting conclusion of this of rising superstar heroes first adventure!

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

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