What I’m Reading This Week – June 23, 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: Black Hammer Reborn #1

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Caitlin Yarsky, Dave Stewart, Nate Peikos

Jeff Lemire! The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns in this ongoing series picking up twenty years later with new series artist Caitlin Yarsky. Now, it’s twenty years later, and Lucy, and the world, have moved on. Living in the suburbs of Spiral City, Lucy is married and has children. But all is not blissful. Her marriage is falling apart, her job has reached a dead end, and for mysterious reasons, she hasn’t picked up the hammer in years.  But, as her domestic life begins to crumble, the secrets of the last twenty years, and the reasons Lucy really gave up being Black Hammer, begin to resurface, threatening her family, and the peace she has tried hard to find for herself. A new chapter in the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series!

The Mainstream One: Marvel Voices Pride #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Kieron Gillen
Art: Javi Garron

MARVEL CELEBRATES LGBTQ+ CHARACTERS & CREATORS WITH A RAINBOW-POWERED SPECIAL! Marvel Comics is proud to present its first ever queer-centered anthology! Ring in Pride Month with an amazing assembly of writers and artists from all walks of life. Wiccan and Hulkling! Iceman! Mystique and Destiny! Karma! Akihiro! Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean! Celebrate these and so many more legendary characters from across the Marvel archive! New and fan-favorite creators tell their Pride stories – stories of inspiration and empowerment, stories that illustrate ‘the world outside your window’ in full color. Plus, some of Marvel’s biggest LGBTQ+ moments get a special reprinting. Don’t miss an extraordinary new chapter in Marvel history! 88 pages/ONE-SHOT/Rated T

The Indie One: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #118

Publisher: IDW
Words: Sophie Campbell
Art: Nelson Daniel

The Shredder returns! Oroku Saki has been to Hell and back, but will he now come to the Turtles as friend or foe? Meanwhile, April makes a stand against Baxter Stockman– with dangerous consequences. The Shredder returns! Oroku Saki has been to Hell and back, but will he now come to the Turtles as friend or foe? Meanwhile, April makes a stand against Baxter Stockman– with dangerous consequences.

The #1 One: Spawn Universe #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Todd McFarlae
Art: Jim Cheung, Stephen Segovia, Marcio Takara

IT’S HERE: THE OFFICIAL INTRODUCTION TO THE LONG-AWAITED SPAWN’S UNIVERSE! A double-sized issue that begins a storyline so huge that three NEW SPAWN-related monthly titles will spill out from it, including… A new SPAWN title. GUNSLINGER SPAWN monthly. And a new TEAM book bringing a handful of these characters together in their own book. With this one-shot…the world of SPAWN changes forever! New heroes. New villains, and more importantly, new titles coming to a comic shop near you. Join this list of artists as we unveil a historic moment in the mythology of SPAWN’S UNIVERSE: JIM CHEUNG TODD McFARLANE STEPHEN SEGOVIA MARCIO TAKARA

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Bitter Root #14

Publisher: Image
Words: David Walker
Art: Sanford Greene
Cover Art: 

‘LEGACY,’ Part Four-The Sangerye family has faced many challenges over the years, but none as deadly as the evil they must now confront. With Dr. Sylvester by their side, the Sangeryes prepare to make a final stand. But can Sylvester be trusted?

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

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