What I’m Reading This Week : January 26, 2022

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: Saga #55

Publisher: Image
Words: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

What it is: At long last, Hazel and her star-crossed family are finally back and here to kick off a NEW STORY ARC! So, where the hell have they been? As thanks for fans’ endless patience, the SAGA team is proud to return with a double-length issue-44 pages of story for the regular $2.99 price point-without variant covers or gimmicky renumbering. Just more pulse-pounding adventure, heart-wrenching character drama, and gloriously graphic sex and violence, as SAGA begins the second half the series and the most epic chapter yet!

Why we love it: SAGA has sold over 6.8 million copies to date across all formats, has been translated into 20 languages, and has garnered multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, plus a Hugo Award, British Fantasy Award, Goodreads Choice Award, Shuster Award, Inkwell Award, Ringo Award, and more. It is among the great comics published in my lifetime and I am so stoked that it is finally back and will be concluding without more delays. The gut punch ending to issue #54 happened over 3 years ago but honestly I still haven’t gotten over it.

The Mainstream One: Thor #21

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Nic Klein

What it is: • ‘GOD OF HAMMERS’ PART 3 of 5 Thor has been beaten down, and the God of Hammers is about to make the final blow! Is this the end of the All-Father? Prophecies do come true, after all… but not always in the ways they are foreseen. For there is one last chance to save Thor – but at what cost?! Plus: The shocking origin of the mysterious God of Hammers is revealed! RATED T+

Why we like it: Mjoliner is aliiiive! And she’s kind of hot? Donny Cates’ run on Thor has taken some weird twists and turns, but that was an unexpected surprise.

The Indie One: Monstress #36

Publisher: Image
Words: Marjorie Liu
Art: Sana Takeda

What it is: A betrayed Maika hovers near death, and Kippa must navigate the intricate politics of the Dusk Court on her own.

Why we like it: Monstress is back too?? 2022 is off to a great start for Image comics.

The #1 One: Cowboy Bebop #1

Publisher: Titan Comics
Words: Dan Watters
Art: Lamar Mathurin

What it is: BASED ON THE NEW NETFLIX LIVE-ACTION ADAPTATION OF THE ORIGINAL ANIME! An original story set in the year 2171. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop chase an ex-gang member who holds a vest which gives the wearer unlimited luck.

Why we like it: I really liked the Netflix adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, which this is a comic book adaptation of. I thought it captured the weird, charm of the anime and the characters were accurately portrayed and engaging. It was familiar yet at the same time distinctly its own thing. I really hope the show gets picked up for more seasons, because it deserves resolution, but I’ll settle on reading it if I have to. Thank god for comic books.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Deadly Class #50

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Wesley Craig
Cover Art: Duncan Fregredo

What it is: ‘A Fond Farewell,’ Part Two The conclusion of Saya’s story. Will she choose to take her place as head of the Kuroki Syndicate, or will she choose revenge? And will Marcus’ final act be to betray his oldest friend?

What it is: Deadly Class usually makes its way onto the list for being an awesome read. This week it makes the pile with a crazy detailed cover. Never heard of Duncan Gregredo before but we’ll be watching his career with great interest.

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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What I’m Reading This Week : January 26, 2022- clone

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: Saga #55

Publisher: Image
Words: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

What it is: At long last, Hazel and her star-crossed family are finally back and here to kick off a NEW STORY ARC! So, where the hell have they been? As thanks for fans’ endless patience, the SAGA team is proud to return with a double-length issue-44 pages of story for the regular $2.99 price point-without variant covers or gimmicky renumbering. Just more pulse-pounding adventure, heart-wrenching character drama, and gloriously graphic sex and violence, as SAGA begins the second half the series and the most epic chapter yet!

Why we love it: SAGA has sold over 6.8 million copies to date across all formats, has been translated into 20 languages, and has garnered multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, plus a Hugo Award, British Fantasy Award, Goodreads Choice Award, Shuster Award, Inkwell Award, Ringo Award, and more. It is among the great comics published in my lifetime and I am so stoked that it is finally back and will be concluding without more delays. The gut punch ending to issue #54 happened over 3 years ago but honestly I still haven’t gotten over it.

The Mainstream One: Thor #21

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Nic Klein

What it is: • ‘GOD OF HAMMERS’ PART 3 of 5 Thor has been beaten down, and the God of Hammers is about to make the final blow! Is this the end of the All-Father? Prophecies do come true, after all… but not always in the ways they are foreseen. For there is one last chance to save Thor – but at what cost?! Plus: The shocking origin of the mysterious God of Hammers is revealed! RATED T+

Why we like it: Mjoliner is aliiiive! And she’s kind of hot? Donny Cates’ run on Thor has taken some weird twists and turns, but that was an unexpected surprise.

The Indie One: Monstress #36

Publisher: Image
Words: Marjorie Liu
Art: Sana Takeda

What it is: A betrayed Maika hovers near death, and Kippa must navigate the intricate politics of the Dusk Court on her own.

Why we like it: Monstress is back too?? 2022 is off to a great start for Image comics.

The #1 One: Cowboy Bebop #1

Publisher: Titan Comics
Words: Dan Watters
Art: Lamar Mathurin

What it is: BASED ON THE NEW NETFLIX LIVE-ACTION ADAPTATION OF THE ORIGINAL ANIME! An original story set in the year 2171. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop chase an ex-gang member who holds a vest which gives the wearer unlimited luck.

Why we like it: I really liked the Netflix adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, which this is a comic book adaptation of. I thought it captured the weird, charm of the anime and the characters were accurately portrayed and engaging. It was familiar yet at the same time distinctly its own thing. I really hope the show gets picked up for more seasons, because it deserves resolution, but I’ll settle on reading it if I have to. Thank god for comic books.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Deadly Class #50

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Wesley Craig
Cover Art: Duncan Fregredo

What it is: ‘A Fond Farewell,’ Part Two The conclusion of Saya’s story. Will she choose to take her place as head of the Kuroki Syndicate, or will she choose revenge? And will Marcus’ final act be to betray his oldest friend?

What it is: Deadly Class usually makes its way onto the list for being an awesome read. This week it makes the pile with a crazy detailed cover. Never heard of Duncan Gregredo before but we’ll be watching his career with great interest.

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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