Greetings 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: Human Target #1 (of 12)
Words: Tom King
Art: Greg Smallwood
What it is: Christopher Chance has made a living out of being a human target, a man hired to disguise himself as his client to invite would-be assassins to attempt his murder. He’s had a remarkable career until his latest case protecting Lex Luthor when things go sideways. An assassination attempt Chance didn’t see coming leaves him vulnerable and left trying to solve his own murder…as he has 12 days to discover just who in the DCU hated Luthor enough to want him dead. Human Target is a hard-boiled, gritty story in the vein of classic detective noirs told by bestselling and critically acclaimed creators Tom King and Greg Smallwood!
The Mainstream One: Joker Presents a Puzzlebox #4 (of 7)
Words: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Vanesa Del Rey, Jesus Merino, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
What it is: The Riddler’s death has left more questions! But the Joker isn’t giving the police the answers they need. Instead he shares two more tales of the twisted treasure hunt for pieces of the puzzlebox. First, the Penguin enters a test of might and wits against Bane. Then, the Scarecrow must go toe-to-toe with Professor Pyg to find out what he’s really afraid of.
The Indie One: Primordial #2 (of 6)
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Andrea Sorrentino
What it is: The thrilling new series from JEFF LEMIRE and ANDREA SORRENTINO, the award-winning creative team behind GIDEON FALLS, continues! As Laika’s mission strays far from the launch plan, the origins of her involvement are illuminated. Back on Earth, Dr. Pembrook attempts to uncover the truth in West Berlin.
The #1 One: Dark Knights of Steel #1 (of 12)
Words: Tom Taylor
Art: Yasmine Putri
What it is: An entire medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many, was only the beginning! An epic high-fantasy story set in a DC Universe where nothing is what it seems. From worldwide bestselling writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, Superman: Son of Kal-El) and acclaimed artist Yasmine Putri comes a generational tale of good and evil within a brand-new DCU!
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Good Asian #6 (of 10)
Words: Pornstak Pichetshote
Art: Alexandre Tefenkgi
Cover Art: David Choe
What it is: On the run from the police, Edison Hark heads to the only person he can for help – and confronts a long-avoided past. Featuring a variant cover by renowned fine artist and star of FX’s Choe Show, DAVID CHOE
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!