The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – March 10, 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: Non-Stop Spider-man #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Joe Kelly
Art: Chris Bachalo

What it is: Get ready for the most action-packed, pulse-pounding, adrenaline-pumping comic OF ALL TIME! As the name implies, once you read page one, panel one, SPIDER-MAN DOES NOT STOP! A mystery at Empire State University thrusts Spider-Man into an adventure that starts in uptown Manhattan and will take him around the world, pitting him against Marvel Universe villains old and new and give you a Spider-Man adventure (and Spider-Man) the likes of which you’ve never seen. THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, SO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE READING!

Why we love it: This sounds so fun and I have complete faith in the creative team working on this book. I checked with my doctor and he said don’t do it, but he also happens to be Doctor Octopus so I’m going for a second opinion.

The Mainstream One: Amazing Spider-man #61

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Patrick Gleason

What it is: Peter Parker gets a new job! • Spidey gets a new look! • And Kingpin’s plans start coming together! Rated T •

Why we like it: I really don’t care about Spidey’s new Tron suit, but I remain very much invested in Nick Spencer’s Spider-man run and the Kindred sub-plot. Patrick Gleason is back and his art is always a welcome addition.

The Indie One: Proctor Valley Road #1

Publisher: Boom!
Words: Grant Morrison, Alex Child
Art: Naomi Franquiz

What it is: Perfect for fans of Paper Girls and Die, visionary writer Grant Morrison (Klaus), Alex Child (BBC’s Holby City) and Naomi Franquiz (Tales from Harrow County) present a chilling new horror series about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie have organized a ‘Spook Tour’ with their classmates on the most haunted, demon-infested stretch of road in America to fund attending the concert of their dreams. When their visit turns deadly, these four friends race to rescue the missing students… before the town tears them limb from limb. Now they must slay the evils roaming Proctor Valley Road… along with the monsters lurking in the hearts of 1970s America.

Why we like it: It’s a Grant Morrison horror book. I tend to give everything he writes a look but I’m especially partial to his scary stories.

The #1 One: Karmen #1

Publisher: Image
Words and Art: Guillem March

What it is: Spanish writer and artist Guillem March is best known for his ongoing, extensive work with DC Comics on Batman, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn and has worked as an artist on several graphic novels including the English editions of Monika with Titan Comics and The Dream with Europe Comics. Here, he takes up his pen for an edgy new FIVE-PART SERIES about a highly unconventional angel named Karmen and the young woman she takes under her wing when a case of heartbreak strikes hard. Packed with surprises and metaphysics, this gorgeously drawn series deploys tenderness and humor as it dives deep into topics that matter.

Why we like it: I know Guillem March as a phenomenal artist but not at all familiar with his work writing comics. I saw some preview pages of this issue and they were absolutely gorgeous, so I will definitely be checking this one out.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Rorschach #6 (of 12)

Publisher: DC
Tom King
Jorge Fornes
Cover Art: Gabrielle Dell’Otto

What it is: Common tragedies can bind two people together, sometimes in all the wrong ways. The investigation into a famous comic book creator’s relationship with a deranged young girl takes the detective to places he never wanted to go. Witness how a woman raised to fear the squid invasion and distrust facts seeks a man whose creations embody strength, justice, and truth, and compels him to trade his paper heroes for flesh and blood.

Why we like it: I was buying Rorschach anyways because the story has been pretty stellar, but this Dell’Otto cover is so dope.

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

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