The Spectacular Spider-Man
The New Frontier

The panel reviews DC’s The New Frontier Absolute Edition, The New Frontier DVD, and The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series.

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1) Watchmen Costumes Unveiled
The panel weighs in on the first images released of the Watchmen in their official garb.
2) Skrullapalooza
Readers send in their own versions of the Who You Can Trust? campaign
3) Lana and Lex not regulars on Smallville Season 8
Does anyone care? Bryan wonders why so many characters have LL names.

Review: DC’s The New Frontier Absolute Edition
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art by Darwyn Cooke

Everyone on the panel agrees this is a 5 out of 5 Star collected edition. The panel spends most of the program analyzing the New Frontier discussing everything from the minor plot points to the nods to great moments in comic history during the Silver Age.

Review: The New Frontier DVD Review
The panel discusses the differences between the DVD and the Absolute Edition, citing why some of the changes are okay, and others can detract from the movie if you’ve already read the trade. Bryan, Stephen, and Rodrigo suggest people watch the DVD before reading the book.

Review: The Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Television Show
The panel is split on the show. Stephen gives it a pass citing the art style is not to his liking. Bryan has an issue with subtle costume changes, but Rodrigo likes the show overall. The panel agrees that the animated series is off to a good start giving nods to the classic Spider-Man, and building continuity and large story arcs between episodes.

Which movie are you most looking forward to this summer?
a) The Dark Knight
b) Iron Man

Music from this episode comes from Ookla the Mok. You can visit them on the web at and purchase their music at the iTunes Music Store.

The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...

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  1. Randallw
    March 12, 2008 at 5:30 am — Reply

    Don’t like the look for Martian Manhunter. He just looks like a green human instead of a pronounced brow and red eyes making him properly alien. He’s a shapeshifter though, maybe he needed to look even more human.

  2. March 12, 2008 at 8:54 am — Reply

    Well, that *IS* how he looked during the actual Silver Age timeframe that the movie covers…

  3. March 12, 2008 at 9:58 am — Reply

    I bought the New Frontier DVD and am a little disappointed.

    ( Though, I have to admit, I enjoyed the Bat-Dickery when he said to J’onn, “I’ve got a $70,000 sliver of meteorite to take out the one from Metropolis. With you, I only need a penny for a book of matches.” )

    Overall, though, the story just seemed disjointed. It was almost like it wasn’t quite sure where it should focus and which hero it should focus on, and a number of plot elements (like taking Superman completely out of the final fight) seemed a little forced.

    It might be sad to say, but I actually preferred The Batman: Lost Heroes as a good, animated JLA tale …

  4. hermit
    March 12, 2008 at 11:30 pm — Reply

    you guys suck (no, not really) absolute DC: the new frontier is out of print and not available is most places. i think i finally found it, but i’ll know only later.

    love your podcast

  5. March 13, 2008 at 7:05 am — Reply

    Hermit: has it for $47 in stock :D

  6. hermit
    March 13, 2008 at 8:57 am — Reply

    to stephen schleicher:

    temporary out of stock dude, so it’s likely to never come back in stock. but i did get it from the used section. hopefully, customs won’t get me, i’m in canada.

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