All-Star Batman

This week on the show: All-Star Batman vs. All-Star Superman, Marvel Comics, Locke & Key, Fable III, and the Major Spoilers Crew rocks it in the free world!


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Batman 3 to be LODK: Prey Storyline

Locke and Key: Keys to the Kingdom #3 (of 6)
Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c)
28 spell-binding and skin-crawling issues of Locke & Key—crammed into one! Time flies… when you’re fighting for your life!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rating: ★★★★★

FABLE III – The Video Game for Xbox 360
“Fable III” is the latest installment to the action-packed and critically acclaimed Xbox 360 exclusive franchise that has sold more than six million copies. Fans new and returning will now embark on an epic adventure, where the race for the crown is only the beginning of your spectacular journey. Five decades have passed since the events of “Fable II,” and Albion has matured into an industrial revolution, but the fate of the kingdom is at peril.
In “Fable III,” you will be called upon to rally and fight alongside your people, ascend to the seat of power, and experience the true meaning of love and loss while defending your throne. In your quest to seize power and defend your kingdom, the choices you make will change the world around you, for the greater good or your own personal gain.
Who will you become? A rebel without a cause, the tyrant you rebelled against, or the greatest ruler to ever live?

Rating: ★★★★☆

Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils and Cover by MIKE DEODATO JR.
Tron Variant Cover by MARK BROOKS
The blockbuster epic continues as the Secret Avengers and their newest teammate Shang Chi head to Hong Kong to stop a plot to resurrect a great evil! Can Marvel’s hottest covert team stop these dark forces from raising Shang Chi’s father back from the dead?

Rating: ★★★½☆

DC Comics had a great idea a few years ago where it would introduce a new line of comics under the All-Star banner and feature many of their characters in a whole new light.  First out of the gate were the powerhouse duo of All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely) and All-Star Batman and Robin (Frank Miller and Jim Lee).  Sounds like a sure fire hit, right?  While Morrison did complete his Superman maxi-series, Miller and Lee floundered in getting their ASBAR out on time.  But where not here to discuss release dates, and/or failures.  We want to know which of the All-Star series you preferred most – All-Star Superman, or All-Star Batman and Robin.


Witness the Man of Steel in exciting new adventures featuring Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, and more! The Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his oddball twin, and the new character Zibarro, also from the Bizarro planet. And Superman faces the final revenge of Lex Luthor – in the form of his own death! Writer Grant Morrison teams with artist Frank Quitely on this spectacular reimagining of the Superman mythos, from The Man of Steel’s origin to his greatest foes and beyond.

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  1. Blackthunder01 on

    All Star Batman and Robin has 10 issues out already and apparently (at least) 4 completely finished and on the shelf waiting to go to print.

    After listening to this podcast, I’m very glad I didn’t continue reading ASSuperman. It sounds like something I wouldn’t care for.

  2. Hey, just finished listening, and I think what you had to say was totally valid. Great podcast by the way!

    Slappy thing was interesting, complete suprise.

  3. Thank you, Matthew, for both butchering my name and referencing my Drax comment from earlier in the week. And you actually made one of the modern Avengers titles sound interesting, which is impressive. I may have to dip my toes into the modern Marvel Universe.

  4. I don’t quite understand how ASBAR connects Year One to LOTDK. In Year One, we’re presented with a very caring individual who takes a bullet to save a cat and who says, “I’m not a killer!” In LOTDK, we have a Batman who can’t even bring himself to kill when it would be most expedient (not even Joker or Two Face).

    ASBAR shows a Batman whose aggression isn’t a bell curve from Year One to LOTDK, it’s a spike a mile high. He goes from almost dying to save a cat to trying to get Dick Grayson to kill bats with his bare hands.

    Not only that, but all of the other characters are so extreme, they’re barely recognizable.

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