Greetings and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day, and on Tuesdays I get to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out:
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
The Top of the Pile: Inferno #4 (of 4)
Words: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Valerio Schiti
TO EMBERS! Jonathan Hickman’s time on X-Men ends with the dramatic conclusion of one of the first and best mysteries he brought to the line. Valerio Schiti returns on art to help bring down one of the foundations of the era.
The Mainstream One: Thor #20
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Nic Klein
GOD OF HAMMERS PART 2 of 5 Mjolinr is on a rampage across the realms and is leaving death and destruction in its path! Thor must act fast to save his kingdom for the deadly prophecy of the God of Hammers is about to be unleashed!
The Indie One: Monkey Meat #1 (of 5)
Words and Art: Juni Ba
MINISERIES PREMIERE DJELIYA creator JUNI BA introduces a new fantasy universe in this ANTHOLOGY SERIES! The Monkey Meat Company made its fortune selling cans of processed meat all around the world. Using that money to fuel their wacky experiments, they turned their native island into a magical hyper-capitalist hellscape where even demons have to pay rent! Follow the lives of the creatures of Monkey Meat Island in this fun, action-packed romp. Each issue is its own story!
The #1 One: Apache Delivery Service #1
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Matt Kindt
Art: Tyler Jenkins
Two haunted men are on a hunt in the jungles of Vietnam, searching for clues to a missing treasure trove of gold that was stolen from all over Asia by a Japanese general during World War II. Eventually they find a series of hidden caves in the mountains near the coast. Bodies start showing up–murder victims and mutilated corpses. There is a rumor that the caves and gold are protected by terrifying witches that have been living in the cave system for thousands of years. As our warriors travel deeper into the mystery, they learn more disturbing facts about each other and become paranoid of one another as they get closer and closer to the gold, while, at the same time, a bizarre serial killer is hunting them down.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Captain America Iron Man #2 (of 5)
Words: Derek Landry
Art: Angel Unzueta
Cover Art: Alex Ross
Meet the PALADINS! When a group of eager new super heroes interrupts Cap and Iron Man’s hunt for escaped Hydra commander Veronica Eden, Steve and Tony struggle to determine whether the team is an asset or a liability. But they’ll need all the help they can get when Veronica makes a powerful new friend
That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!