Brat Pack

This week on the show: The Dead Live! The Dead Live! Plus, Batman and Robin, Halcyon, and Da Boyz! The Major Spoilers Crew also cracks open The Brat Pack and cast their eyes and their opinions on the trade.


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Batman and Robin #16
Written by GRANT MORRISON • Art by CAMERON STEWART • Cover by FRANK QUITELY • 1:25 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
Don’t miss this fantastic finale as BATMAN AND ROBIN’s storyline connects with THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE! The climactic showdown between Batman and the Black Glove is finally here. It’s payback time for The Dark Knight as Batman and Robin face the ultimate evil. Will Damian betray his father’s legacy? Will Bruce Wayne return just in time to see Dick Grayson die? Plus, The Joker and Professor Pyg!

This is only the beginning of a startling new status quo for the Batman…

Rating: ★★★☆☆

What happens when the never-ending battle for Truth and Justice ends?
From Collider Entertainment comes the next quantum leap forward in superheroes: HALCYON. The groundbreaking new series dares to ask: What happens when the superheroes win? What happens once there is no crime, no war? The heroes of HALCYON achieve their final victory only to face their greatest challenge ever. An all-star collaboration courtesy of TARA BUTTERS (TV’s Reaper), MARC GUGGENHEIM (Amazing Spider-Man, Resurrection), RYAN BODENHEIM (Red Mass For Mars), and Alisa Tager (Serenity).

Rating: ★★★½☆

The Boys #48
Writer: Garth Ennis
Art: Russ Braun
With Hughie absent, Butcher re-examines the Boys’ first encounter with the Seven, trying to figure out what went wrong. But first there’s some disquiet in the ranks to be dealt with, not to mention the return of an old and unexpected enemy- who finally, incredibly, has come into his own. Meanwhile, on the Seven’s floating headquarters, a flying lesson goes badly awry… Proper Preparation And Planning, part one.

Rating: ★★★½☆

It’s the battle we’ve waited eons to see develop – the futuristic robot taking on the prehistoric dinosaur. Get a time machine and a big net, cross the streams and let them battle it out!


Rick Veitch’s fierce and darkly comic BRATPACK has long been considered a subterranean classic of the genre. Now, at last, the notorious graphic novel that made the mainstream safe for totally twisted superhero satires is available in a new KING HELL trade paperback edition! Veitch’s no-holds-barred dissection of the hoary old ‘kid sidekick’ phenomena is as harrowing as it is hilarious; subversively subtle yet completely over the top. BRATPACK is an edgy and unforgettable dance macabre that is a must for every graphic novel collection. With an introduction by Neil Gaiman. BRATPACK is a companion volume to Rick Veitch’s THE MAXIMORTAL and was nominated for “Best Graphic Album” in the Eisner Awards in 1995.

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  1. Hi all, just listened to the cast and have a few words about Brat Pack. Most of what was left unexplained at the end of the series is resolved in:

    Brat Pack – Maximortal Super Special 01 (1996) If you dont want to know what happens please stop reading now!!

    Simply put, Dr Blasphemy is working in league with the vigilantes (which contradicts the section in issue 5 where they think its the priest) King Rad specifically refers to the fact that his butler has planted the bomb.
    Cody knows the only way for the group of sidekicks to survive is for them to all drink his “super” blood. King Rad, realising whats about to happen, just blows the church up himself – (I suppose it makes sense to kill off the teen sidekicks every few years because the grow beards and stop being teens?) Then the maximortal appears and basically liquidises the vigilantes for being rather naughty and some other stuff happens.

    Essentially I suspect this issue could replace issue 5 of the series as it answers a lot of questions that were originally left unanswered.

    Oh and I like Veitch’s nod to the masters when the radio presenters gets comments from Gay Neilman and Al Enmore.

    Thanks for another quality cast.

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