The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – February 24, 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: Scumbag #5

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Nic Klein

What it is: ‘JAZZ APPLE ARMAGEDDON,’ Conclusion-Ernie discovers that the world is full of bad people doing bad things, but can he ditch a lifelong apolitical lifestyle and help the good guys win, or will he continue to be an apathetic, self-serving scumbag?

Why we love it: The finale to another solid Rick Remender title. Two weeks ago it was Low, this week it’s Scumbag, and next month will be the conclusion of Seven to Eternity.  With all of these series ending, I hope we see some new #1’s from Remender later this year.

The Mainstream One: X-Men #18

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Mahmud Asrar

What it is: INSIDE THE VAULT! It’s been a long time since the team went into the vault. A long time. Rated T+

Why we like it: Man, it has been so long since we were in the vault. January 29, 2020 to be exact. I’ve been loving the non-stop roller coaster ride that Hickman’s X-Men has been since he relaunched the X-Men. But through all the thrilling twists and turns, I’ve been waiting to finally circle back to these plot threads that have been left dangling for over a year.

The Indie One: Crossover #4

Publisher: Image
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Geoff Shaw

What it is: ‘KIDS LOVE CHAINS,’ Part Four-Hey kids, time for a field trip! Journey to the strange land of magical Colorado as our intrepid team of heroes searches for a way to shatter the dome and expose the truth behind THE EVENT!! Also: Man, how about that last issue, right? Crazy.

Why we like it: Last issue’s final page reveal was really clever and not at all what I had expected. But after the amusement from the initial shock wore off, it actually felt like a huge let down. I’m sticking around this series for a few more issues because Donny promised mega cross-overs, but I’m going to need more than B and C-list cameos to keep me invested in this series.

The #1 One: Two Moons #1

Publisher: Image
Words: John Arcudi
Art: Valerio Giangiordano

What it is: RUMBLE and B.P.R.D. writer JOHN ARCUDI is back at Image with rising star VALERIO GIANGIORDANO for an all-new ONGOING HORROR SERIES! This issue starts the long journey of a young Pawnee man named Virgil Morris – a.k.a. Two Moons.- fighting for the Union during the Civil War. When he is suddenly confronted with his shamanic roots, he discovers horrors far worse than combat as the ghosts of his past reveal the monstrous evil around him!

Why we like it: John Acrudi’s Rumble was one of those titles that caught me by surprise and never let me down. He writes endearing oddball characters and stories that blend horror, humor and humanity. If that sounds like your kind of thing, then give his new book Two Moons a look on Wednesday.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Marvel Voices Legacy #1

Publisher: Marvel
Ho Che Anderson, Danny Lore, More
Sean Hill, Valentine De Landro, More
Cover Art: Olivier Coipel

What it is: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN MIGHTY MARVEL STYLE! Black Panther. Storm. Blade. Falcon. Ironheart. Luke Cage. Spectrum. And so many more. Marvel’s incredible legacy of black heroes gets the star treatment in this action-packed special! New and established creators take on their favorite heroes in a dizzying array of stories designed to inspire and uplift! The Marvel’s Voices program is your #1 stop for ‘the world outside your window’ – don’t sleep on this one! Rated T+

Why we like it: Coipel’s Miles is straight fire!

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

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