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: A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance #1
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Andre Araujo
What it is: A NEW ONGOING CRIME SERIES from the writer of DEADLY CLASS! When an unassuming man stumbles upon a dark-web contract assassin’s vicious plot to kill an innocent target, he turns himself into one. The Professional meets Road to Perdition in this story of a family’s unlikely guardian being hunted by rich and powerful men who are used to getting away with everything. Join New York Times bestselling writer RICK REMENDER (DEADLY CLASS, BLACK SCIENCE) and ANDRÉ ARAÚJO (GENERATION GONE, Man Plus) for a uniquely atmospheric murder mystery with sudden bouts of brutal violence.
Why we love it: New series from Rick Remender always go right to the top of the pile. Righteous Thirst for Vengeance just sounds brutal, something that Remender excels at writing. The artwork looks amazeballs as well.
The Mainstream One: Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular
Words: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Jordie Bellaire, Mark Waid, Tom King, Steve Orlando, G. Willow Wilson, Amy Reeder, and more
Art: Jim Cheung, Paulina Ganucheau, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Amy Reeder, Evan Doc Shaner, Isaac Goodheart, Gabriel Picolo and more
What it is: Put on your tiaras and prepare your indestructible bracelets! DC is inviting you to join us for a one-of-a-kind special showcasing Wonder Woman’s past, present, and future to celebrate the legacy she has created and those she will continue to inspire with her adventures for years to come. This oversize super spectacular features work from some of the very best in the comic industry along with bright young stars ready to share the spotlight with Diana. You won’t want to miss these new stories that capture timeless messages of hope and empowerment presented together in this gorgeous keepsake issue!
Why we like it: Wonder Woman forever!
The Indie One: Billy the Kit #1 (of 5)
Publisher: Blue Juice
Words: Justin Gray
Art: Barry McClain Jr., Slamet Mujiono
What it Is: The Wild West has never been wilder! Introducing Billy the Kit, featuring a gunslinging rabbit seeking revenge against the Tornado God that killed his family. Why was this sickly, skinny rabbit spared such a gruesome fate? What makes him so special? With the help of Luther the Goat, a profanity-spewing martial arts master, Billy relies on faith, magical firearms, and Kung Fu to wage war against the pagan gods and monsters of a bygone era. Co-created by Ringo-Award winning writer Justin Gray and artist Barry McClain Jr., digital paints by Slamet Mujiono.
Why we like it: I was able to get my hands on an advanced preview of this series from Blue Juice Comics, and it surprised me. It was far more violent and profane than one would expect from a book featuring anthropomorphic bunnies, which I very much appreciated. There were also a lot of interesting themes and conflicts going on, and the artwork was great. I don’t expect most stores to order heavy on Blue Juice titles, but if you do happen to come across a copy on your travels this Wednesday, give it a look. It may surprise you too.
The #1 One: Arkham City the Order of the World #1
Words: Dan Watters
What it is: The Joker’s attack on Arkham Asylum left the long-standing Gotham establishment in ruin, most of the patients killed or missing, and only a handful of surviving staff, a few nurses, a gravely injured security guard, and one doctor. In the chaos of the assault, it is believed that several of the asylum’s patients escaped and scurried off into the dark nooks and crannies of Gotham City. Now, these Arkhamites walk among us, and it’s up to the Asylum’s one remaining doctor, Jocasta Joy, to round up her former patients. Meet these Arkhamites: a woman with no face, a pyggy in search of perfection, a man who feels nothing and burns everything, a woman who must devour life to save herself, a man unfit for the waking world who looks instead for Wonderland, a body with more than one soul, a being unbound from time who lives in the present and the past, a boy who seeks the comfort of vermin, and the twisted man who sees them all for who they are. And witness the avenging angel who stalks them. This fall, join writer Dan Watters and artist Dani on an odyssey through the deepest depths and darkest shadows of Gotham City and find all-new reasons to fear the night.
Why we like it: I often wonder what horrors lurk within the darkest alleys and corners of Gotham’s sprawling, urban jungle. And now I know, it’s filled with lunatics who escaped from Arkham. This series gives me the heebie-jeebies in all the right ways.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Amazing Spider-Man #75
Words: Zeb Wells
Art: Patrick Gleason
Cover Art: Patrick Gleason
What it is: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is back to thrice-monthly because this story is pure jet fuel. Ben Reilly has returned to NYC and has fully taken back the mantle of Spider-Man, but what does this mean for Peter Parker? The greatest team of web-writers has come together with the most epic arachnid-artists ever assembled to bring you a Spider-story that will shake up Spider-Man’s 59th year in ways you CANNOT PREDICT! RATED T+
Why we like it: Patrick Gleason’s web-head style burst into our collective consciousness with the cover to issue #55 and then became quickly played-out after two reprints and multiple store-exclusive derivatives. Though not as striking as the original, the execution of this Ben Reilly web-head is far more interesting than any of the rehashed blah we saw for Carnage and Venom. The dead spider at the bottom adds a nice touch too.
Until next time, carpe comics!