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: Nightwing #83
Words: Tom Taylor
Art: Bruno Redando
What it is: It’s a fight for the soul of the city! Now that Dick Grayson has inherited more money than he could possibly need, he has an idea on how he can help the city with it, and it’s time for him to announce it to the world! But with BlÃ¼dhaven’s so beyond saving, what idea does he have that could possible save it? Meanwhile, an unexpected figure comes into play with a plan to buy the city (and all the power that goes with it) from Blockbuster. Things are about to get messy for new public figure Dick Grayson, but maybe he can enlist some help from his friend Nightwing!
Why we love it: The current Nightwing run has been so good. Starting with issue 78, every issue of Nightwing has been awesome. It’s nice seeing Dick returning to his roots in Bluhaven after his recent bout of bullet-in-brain induced amnesia.
The Mainstream One: Moon Knight #2
Words: Jed MacKay
Art: Alessandro Cappuccio
What it is: Moon Knight has established his territory, and the people within it are under the protection of his Midnight Mission. But what happens when those very people are turned into weapons against him? When gangs of elderly residents leave a trail of bizarre violence, Moon Knight must put his body, mind and very soul on the line to get to the bottom of it. Rated T+
Why we like it: I’m liking this take on Moon Knight. The first issue really played off of Marc Spector’s multiple personalities and brought them together in an organized chaos that was both surprising and intriguing.
The Indie One: Ascender #18
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Dustin Nguyen
What it Is: SERIES FINALE! ‘STAR SEED,’ Part Four-Concluding the sci-fi/fantasy epic that began in the pages of DESCENDER, JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN present the final account of one young robot’s struggle to keep his friends alive as the forces of magic and science meet in a climactic fashion.
Why we like it: This series is epic, and I say that with zero hyperbole. The scale of worlds and time is truly astounding. Tim-21’s 6-year run across the galaxy comes to an end.
The #1 One: Kang the Conqueror #1
Words: Colin Kelly
Art: Carlos Magno
What it is: THE ORIGIN OF KANG! The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways and even, on rare occasions, a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror. But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictated by time and previously unseen by any but the Conqueror himself. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path Rated T+
Why we like it: The time-traveling wizard makes his long awaited return. One of Marvel’s OG villains, Kang recently popped back onto our collective radar with his surprise appearance in Loki. I feel like we’re going to be seeing a lot of this guy in the future.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: X-Men Trial of Magneto #1
Words: Leah Williams
Art: Valerio Schiti
Cover Art: Stanley Artgerm Lau
What it is: THE STORY THAT WILL SHAKE KRAKOA TO ITS CORE! A horrific murder. A shocking revelation. A trial that will divide the new mutant nation. Leah Williams and Valerio Schiti bring you a new epic that threatens the Reign of X and will upend the world of mutants. The truth is hidden, the danger is far from over, and the trial has begun Rated T+
Why we like it: I feel sometimes Artgerm phones it in and those covers tend to look a bit same-y, but when he puts in the effort it really shows. This Scarlet Witch is fire.
Until next time, carpe comics!