What I’m Reading This Week : October 13, 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: Immortal Hulk #50

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Al Ewing
Art: Joe Bennett

What it is: THE GIANT-SIZED FINALE! Down in the Below-Place, the Hulk searches among the ghosts of the past for the answers to all his questions. The One Below All, the Green Door, Samuel Sterns, Jackie McGee and Bruce Banner. It’s all been leading here. This is the last issue of THE IMMORTAL HULK. RATED T+

The Mainstream One: Strange Adventures #12

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads, Evan “Doc” Shaner

What it is: Mister Terrific hasn’t just dug into the past, he’s jackhammered it to pieces, exposing Adam Strange’s deepest, darkest secrets. If Adam did commit war crimes, he needs to be punished, but how do you pull a hero off the field of battle when he’s staving off an alien invasion that supposedly only he can stop? Is the truth worth it? And what if Terrific is wrong? The only one who may know for sure: Alanna Strange. Find out in this final issue of one of the year’s most exciting comic book miniseries!

The Indie One: Mazebook #2

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words and Art: Jeff Lemire

What it Is: Will’s a melancholy building inspector who’s been grieving the loss of his puzzle-loving daughter for years. One evening he receives a mysterious phone call from a girl claiming it’s her and that she’s trapped in the middle of a labyrinth, setting Will off on a journey digging through her personal journals and puzzles for answers on where she is and how to bring her back home.

The #1 One: Batman the Imposter #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Mattson Tomlin
Art: Andrea Sorrentino

What it is: Bruce Wayne’s mission as the Batman has only been underway for a year or so, but he can tell he’s making a difference. Unfortunately, he’s made some powerful enemies. All the traditional power brokers of Gotham resent the disruption the Batman has brought to town and it seems one of them has a plan to neutralize him. There’s a second Batman haunting Gotham’s rooftops and alleys and this one has no qualms about murdering criminals, live and on tape. With the entire might of the Gotham City Police Department and Gotham’s rich and powerful coming down on his head, Batman must find this imposter and somehow clear his name but how can you prove your innocence from behind a mask? Director and screenwriter Mattson Tomlin (Project Power, Little Fish) has teamed up with Eisner-winning suspense and horror artist Andrea Sorrentino (Joker: Killer Smile, Gideon Falls) to create a wholly new version of Gotham City, informed by grim reality, where every punch leaves a broken bone and every action has consequences far, far beyond Batman’s imagination!

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Joker #8

Publisher: DC
Words: Sam Johns, James Tynion IV,
Art: Sweeney Boo, Guillem March
Cover Art: Jorge Molina

What it is: Jim Gordon was warned, to “head back to the light while you still can,” but his quest to apprehend The Joker is taking him deeper into darkness. Could The Joker actually be innocent of the attack on Arkham Asylum? Punchline Back-Up: It’s a jailbreak as Bluebird must escape from Blackgate before Punchline and her gang can murder her!

Until next time, carpe comics!

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