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: Immortal Hulk #47
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Joe Bennet
What it is: Last time, it was just business – and they destroyed a town and left the Immortal Hulk in pieces. Now they’re in the middle of New York City, fighting a very different kind of Hulk… …and the AVENGERS are taking it personally. 32 PGS./Rated T+
The Mainstream One: Swamp Thing #4
Words: Ram V
Art: Mike Perkins
What it is: Still trapped within the Green, Levi and Jennifer have encountered its denizens, both friendly and vile. But something is terribly wrong within the Green itself, and its origins may be closer to home than Levi thinks. As Swamp Thing, he must now use lessons learned to embrace his power and bring peace. But is he already too late? Have the seeds of discontent already been planted for the contagion to enter our world?
The Indie One: Nocterra #4
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Tony Daniel
What it is: ‘FULL THROTTLE DARK,’ Part Four-The road runs out as Val reaches the fabled location of her promised sanctuary. Will she find the haven she so desperately seeks, or will something far more terrifying be waiting for her?
The #1 One: The Nice House on the Lake #1
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
What it is: Everyone who was invited to the house knows Walter well, they know him a little, anyway. Some met him in childhood; some met him months ago. And Walter’s always been a little off. But after the hardest year of their lives, nobody was going to turn down Walter’s invitation to an astonishingly beautiful house in the woods, overlooking an enormous sylvan lake. It’s beautiful, it’s opulent, it’s private, so a week of putting up with Walter’s weird little schemes and nicknames in exchange for the vacation of a lifetime? Why not? All of them were at that moment in their lives when they could feel themselves pulling away from their other friends; wouldn’t a chance to reconnect be nice? With Something Is Killing The Children and The Department of Truth, James Tynion IV has changed the face of horror in modern comics, now get ready for his most ambitious story yet, alongside his Detective Comics partner Alvaro Martinez Bueno!
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Batman Catwoman #5 (of 12)
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann
Cover Art: Travis Charest
What it is: Batman’s two loves collide, and the smash-up could be dangerous not just for the Caped Crusader, but for The Joker as well. In order to prove her mission is righteous, Phantasm takes Catwoman out on a hit against one of the men responsible for the disappearance of her son. Unfortunately for Selina Kyle, this isn’t the first time she’s gone behind Batman’s back to try to do the right thing, so she’s far too aware of how bad a turn this whole affair could take. Also, in the future, it’s Harley Quinn, ready to avenge Mistah J!
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!