Greetings and welcome to the last Crank File episode of the year. I thought 2020 was dumpster fire, and yet 2021 found a way to turn the strange up to eleven. But amidst all of the chaos in the world and concerns about Omicron, I think it’s important to appreciate how fortunate we are that every Wednesday is STILL new comic book day. And as long as there are new comic books on Wednesdays, I will continue spotlighting the sweet new stuff coming out. Happy 2022 you nerds and hoping we finally reach that elusive light at the end of the tunnel.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Death of Doctor Strange #4 (of 5)
Words: Jed Mackay
Art: Lee Garbett
WHO WILL BE THE NEW SORCERER SUPREME? Someone has to stop the giant mystical threat devouring all magic, and it can’t be the Avengers. Or the Fantastic Four. Or the X-Men. It’ll take someone with the greatest skills and command over the mystic arts to save us all. It’ll take the Sorcerer Supreme. But who will that be?!
The Mainstream One: DC vs Vampires #3 (of 12)
Words: Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV
Art: Otto Schmidt
Vampires are hunting on the streets of Gotham City as the coming undead plague makes its first move. Batman’s investigation into the disappearance of Andrew Bennett takes him into the sewers beneath the Hall of Justice, where he makes a stunning discovery! And the fall of another hero means the war for Earth has begun!
The Indie One: Stray Dogs Dog Days #1 (of 2)
Words: Tony Fleecs
Art: Trish Forstner
A series of vicious short stories howling straight out of the pages of STRAY DOGS, 2021’s surprise cartoon/horror smash hit! In DOG DAYS, each stray will get their moment to shine-questions will be answered, mysteries will be solved, and old wounds will be torn open. Starting this December every dog has its day. REGISTER PITCH: The Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs horror thriller that took the industry by storm is back in this standalone spinoff.
The #1 One: Timeless #1
Words: Jed MacKay
Art: Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Mark Bagley, Kev Walker, Andrew Hennessy,
HOW DO YOU WIN A WAR AGAINST TIME? A special year-ending adventure that gives portents as to what is to come in the Marvel Universe over the next twelve months! Kang the Conqueror is a warrior, a destroyer, a subjugator – but even he is subject to the whims and vicissitudes of time itself. So when a parallel timeline threatens to overwrite the future Kang has fought so long and so hard to control, the master of the ages has no choice but to go to war with time itself, battling through days of tomorrow as he struggles to prevent the end of what is to come! Featuring all the major players in the Marvel pantheon!
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Swamp Thing Green Hell #1 (of 3)
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Doug Mahnke
Cover Art: Christian Ward
What it is: The Earth is all but done. The last remnants of humanity cling to a mountaintop island lost in endless floodwater. The Parliaments of the Green, the Red, and the Rot all agree: it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start the cycle of life over again. And to do so, they’ve united their powers to summon an avatar one of the most horrific monsters to ever stalk the surface of this forsaken planet. Against a creature like that, there can be no fighting back, unless you have a soldier who understands the enemy. Someone who has used its tactics before. Someone like Alec Holland. Of course, it would help if Alec Holland hadn’t been dead for decades! Jeff Lemire, the author of the smash hits Joker: Killer Smile and The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, along with the graphic novel that inspired the television sensation Sweet Tooth returns to Black Label with one of the greatest artists in modern DC history, Doug Mahnke, in tow! Together they’ll unleash a gory, gruesome monster mash, where the fate of humanity rests in the hands of someone who isn’t human at all!
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!