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: Justice League #59
Words: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V
Art: David Marquez, Xermanico
What it is: Writer Brian Michael Bendis reunites with artist David Marquez (Miles Morales, Iron Man, Batman/Superman) for a new, star-studded Justice League featuring Superman, Batman, the Flash, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Hippolyta, new DC powerhouse Naomi, and…is that Black Adam?! Superman is leading the charge to reinvent the Justice League, and at the same time, a new, cosmic-powered threat arrives from Naomi’s home world to rule the Earth! And in the backup story, dark days lie ahead for the new Justice League Dark. Zatanna and John Constantine take a road trip, only to discover horror around the bend as a friend, and sometime foe, is reborn in fire! A legend is destroyed, and another takes a terrible turn, as Merlin reveals the beginning of a new, blood-drenched plot for all humankind. So begins writer Ram V’s new journey into the abyss with the Justice League Dark and artist Xermanico!
The Mainstream One: Thor #13
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Nick Klein
What it is: ‘PREY’ PART FIVE OF SIX! A vengeful Donald Blake, Thor’s enchanted ax, Jarnbjorn, and the World Tree – not a good combination! With Thor still nowhere to be found, Blake is about to finish what he started: the end of Asgard! Meanwhile, Valkyrie manages to track down the long-absent Odin, but he is not the same All-Father he once was. Can Odin rise to the occasion and help save his son and Asgard? And who will help Lady Sif and the others in Dimension Blood? Surprises abound as the gods face the fight of their eternal lives in the penultimate chapter of ‘Prey’! Rated T+
The Indie One: Head Lopper #15
Words and Art: Andrew Maclean
What it is: Assassins of the Dark Lord close in on our team of heroes as they blunder toward the second artifact, the Martan Keystone. Guarded by a monstrously huge spider, the Keystone won’t be easily got and requires much teamwork, which proves difficult when Norgal goes missing. Always oversized. Always quarterly.
The #1 One: Horror Comics Black and White #1
Publisher: Antarctic Press
What it is: What’s black and white and dread all over? A 3-issue miniseries presenting horror art in its rawest form, stark black and white. As if 2020 weren’t frightful enough, we’ve got 32 pages full of terror for you every month this winter!
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Captain America Anniversary Tribute #1
Cover Art: Mark Brooks
What it is: Captain America celebrates 80 years of battling tyranny this month! And what better way to celebrate than by having a cadre of Marvel’s best artists redraw and modernize Captain America’s origin and the debut of the Red Skull from CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 as well as Cap’s return in the Marvel Age from AVENGERS #4! The legendary stories that changed the course of comic book history are presented in an all-new way for the current generation of Marvel fans! Rated T
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!