Marvels Reviewed

This week in Spoilers: Black Lanterns revealed, and people ain’t happy… Sexy, sexy, lizard girls on parade… Phil Sheldon loses an eye, but the fun and games ain’t over yet… Plus: Is a Robot Hottie a Robottie? Does sleeping with your alternate universe’s girlfriend count as cheating? And what WAS the name of the cartoon cat with the garbage can on his head? All this and more, from the elegant Spoilers ballroom, adjacent to the lovely Pump Room, high above Chicago.


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Show Notes after the Jump!

Reactions to Martian Manhunter and Kal-L (Earth-2 Superman) outed as two of the Black Lanterns?

Tom and Jerry back to the Big Screen

ABC to Resurrect V

Hero Squared: Love & Death #1 (Jan 28, 2009, Boom! Studios)
It’s the return of Captain Valor, his parallel-world alter-ego, Milo, and at least one homicidal ex-girlfriend! DeMatteis’ and Giffen’s geeeenius super-hero series Hero Squared is back for a three-issue finale that will leave you gobsmacked! Interested in checking out Hero Squared but never had the chance?

Kick Ass #5 (released Jan 2, Marvel)
Since he put on the green wetsuit and became Kick-Ass, Dave Lizewski has broken both legs, shattered his back; been run over by a Mercedes, smashed by garbage cans, and clobbered by gangsters; become a YouTube phenomenon and inspired a wave of costumed vigilantes…but none of that can compare to what’s going to happen now that John Genovese knows who he is. The super hero sensation of 2008 continues, courtesy of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

Black Lightning: Year One #2 (Jan 21,2009, DC)
Written by Jen Van Meter; Art and cover by Cully Hamner
Jefferson Pierce returns to his old stomping grounds – the infamous Suicide Slum of Metropolis – in order to bring some hope to the residents of his downtrodden former neighborhood. He’ll quickly learn, though, that a lawless place sometimes requires a lawless vigilante to drag it into the light. Acclaimed writer Jen Van Meter (CINNAMON, OUTSIDERS) and kinetic artist Cully Hamner (BLUE BEETLE, RED) combine forces to retell the electrifying origin of DC’s most honorable hero, the bold and brave Justice Leaguer known as Black Lightning!

This week, the Major Spoilers Poll is taking the Robot Wars to a whole new level by pitting robots who look like real women against one another. In the far corner, it’s Jamie Sommers (a.k.a. The Bionic Woman)! She’s not all robot, but has the power where it counts. In the near corner, and attractive Fembot that is designed to lure Austin Powers to his death!
A) Jamie Sommmers
B) Fembots

MAJOR SPOILERS Trade Paperback Review
Marvels (Marvel)
Marvel Comics brings back Busiek and Ross’s fully painted retelling of key moments in the birth of the Marvel Universe, as seen through the eyes of an innocent bystander.

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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...


  1. I’m really looking forward to the “Sex in Comics” podcast…I hope that the widely reviled Yellowjacket/Wasp sex scene gets a good talk (I’m probably the only person who defends that scene). Any chance of Adam Warren’s superhero sex comedy Empowered getting any love in this upcoming podcast?

  2. Great podcast as always one small thing you might want to change that copyright 2008 to 2009 at the end of the show. Keep up the good work.

  3. Great podcast this week guys. One thing and it’s going to bug me but you pronounce Askew, Ask You. Like can I ask you a question?

    Which by the way I got that a lot growing up, kids can be mean…..

  4. Listening to this one, I got to Matthew’s complaint about why folks would call Marvel Girl a monster but not Ben Grimm. I think, as I see it, the main reason for such hatred towards mutants is that, well, they’re born better. Its jealousy, at its heart. Easier to hate than accept the next step in evolution, especially when there’s no way to get an invitation to that party.
    At least Ben was an accident. But Jean? She’s beautiful, great smile, and more powerful than her ‘fellow’ humans.
    That’s me 2 cents worth, anyway.

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