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: Rorschach #12 (of 12)
Words: Tom King
Art: Jorge Fornes
What it is: The end to the mystery is here! It’s been a long road to get here, and there have been a lot of dead bodies along the way, but the detective is very near closing the case. All the disparate threads lead back to the crime itself, to the assassination attempt that claimed the lives of the would-be assassins. Find out how it all went wrong for the comic book artist who put on a mask and declared himself Rorschach.
Why we love it: The final issue of this maxi-series reaches its thrilling conclusion and lands on the top of the pile. Rorscahch has been a warped police procedural with murder mystery sensibilities. Between this title, Strange Adventures, Batman Catwoman, and SuperGirl, Tom King is totally on top of his game.
The Mainstream One: Eternal Thanos Rises #1
Words: Kieron Gillen
Art: Dustin Weaver
What it is: Eternals are created, not born. They have families, but their families make no new children. It’s simply not what Eternals do. Some of them thought they could find a way to change that and believed it would be for the best. They were terribly, terribly wrong. Rated T+
Why we like it: Everyone knows Thanos as the Mad Titan, but people forget that he is also an Eternal. But unlike other Eternals, Thanos had a son, Thane, and there will be repercussions.
The Indie One: Fantastic Four #35 (60th Anniversary)
Words: Dan Slott
Art: John Romita
What it Is: A TITANIC 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! The entire Kang bloodline is out to destroy every era of the Fantastic Four! How can Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny hope to survive simultaneous attacks across their lifetimes by Rama Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang the Conqueror and Kang’s final descendant, the sinister Scion?! Join the FF and some special surprise guest stars as John Romita Jr. returns to Marvel and joins forces with writer Dan Slott for this celebratory adventure! Marvel’s First Family will literally never be the same again! Plus: Mark Waid and Paul Renaud deliver dramatic new insights into the origin of the fabulous foursome in an all-new anniversary tale! Rated T
Why we like it: The Fantastic Four were not just Marvel’s first family, they were the first. In 1961, this plucky team of scientists set off on an adventure that would start the Marvel revolution and paved the way for a universe that has entertained us for decades.
The #1 One: Primordial #1 (of 6)
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Andrea Sorrentino
What it is: Mind-bending sci-fi collides with Cold War thriller in this six-issue miniseries by the bestselling and Eisner-winning creative team behind GIDEON FALLS! In 1957, the USSR launched the dog, Laika, into Earth’s orbit. Two years later, the USA responded with two monkeys, Able and Baker. These animals never returned. But, unbeknownst to everyone, they did not die in orbit they were taken. And now they are coming home.
Why we like it: I will read anything that Jeff Lemire writes, and the last couple times he got together with Andrea Sorrentino they gave us the incredible super-natural horror series Gideon Falls and before that an unforgettable run on Old Man Logan. Count me in.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Iron Man #12
Words: Christopher Cantwell
Art: Angel Unzueta
Cover Art: Rahzzah
What it is: Iron Man is a long way from Earth. He now stands on the decks of Galactus’ worldship, Taa II, in deep space, and though he doesn’t have to face the World-Eater himself this time around, he certainly has to deal with the ship’s most brutal and lethal defenses. If he manages to survive those, it’s only a matter of moments before Tony Stark will have to turn around and confront his fiercest foe of recent memory, KORVAC. Tony must also face the mad android’s zealous disciples, all of whom have a personal ax to grind with the Golden Avenger-THE CONTROLLER, UNICORN, BLIZZARD and their most recent addition, a robotically enslaved ORIGINAL HUMAN TORCH. This showdown has been a long time coming, but Tony wasn’t counting on five-against-one odds. Tony needs backup. Tony could use some friends. Rated T+
Why we like it: Rahzzah killed this one. Probably the best Miles cover I’ve seen in years.
Until next time, carpe comics!