This issue: Stephen ponders why space travel and alien technology doesn’t play a bigger role in the comic book universe building.


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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. Hi, guys. Great podcast, great discussion. I’ve always wondered how nobody cares that Superman or Martian Manhunter are actual aliens.

    Rodrigo’s got a point: it’s about what we want out of the book.

    Watchmen is a story about the changes costumed crime-fighters and superhumans could make in the society. But Superman’s comic book – and many of the superheros ongoing series – it’s more about the adventures he leads than the impact he cause.

    Even in Astro City – I’m currently working my way through the second volume – those changes aren’t quite explored as in Miracleman, for example.

    I’m loving Astro City, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not a book about the changes superhumans would make if they existed: it’s about the interactions of these people and their problems. And just so happens that some of them can fly and shoot lightning from their fingertips.

    It’s all about the point of the book.

    And what was that silence at the end of the podcast? Creepy.


  2. Im pretty sure most normal citizens would take all of this with a grain of salt ESPECIALLY in Metropolis

    After 52 and everything Lex did with his public Superpowers

  3. You know what I would like to know? Why hasn’t the STARS Lab not gone broke? They’ve had the monopole on alien tech for decades and they’ve still have to make anything commercial come out of it, you’d think they have their funds cut at some point…

    The worst Supergirl story I’ve ever read was the one when she tried to cure cancer to safe a dying boy, which completely screwed society in the futur when she did it. It was very interesting to see how much society would shift if metas deceived that playing God was okay, but it wasn’t what I wanted to read. It’s the sort of stuff I expect from a philosophy book or a twilight episode or a “What If?” comic, not mainstream.

  4. I still maintain that Stephen is really overthinking this. The point of comic books is a recognizable society affected by a limited unbelievable element (i.e., one superhero, in theory) to give us a story that is approachable from the viewpoint of the average guy in our society.

    Rodrigo hit it on the head: to use the science fiction elements that extensively turns every book into the Legion of Super-Heroes.

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