Best and Worst of 2010

This week on the show: It’s a mega look back at the best and worst of 2010. Plus, comics get reviewed, and they could use a little work.


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Flex Mentallo Gets Collected

Gotham City Sirens #18
How far will Zatanna go for the people she loves? How far will Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn go for Catwoman when they find out that she’s been lying to them? And how long can Talia al Ghul hold off an enraged Ivy? Find out here!

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Title – Treasures of the Realm
Writer – Antoine Hicks
Letterer/Colorist – Steven Farfan
Artist – Jezreel Rojales

The story Treasures of the Realm follows Macroy as he sets out to stop the Morregan once and for all. A total of 11 draconic generals inhabit the realm creating havoc in their wake. Each general has the ability to release the negative emotions within the living creatures on the planet.  The corruption of life leads to the souls of the decease to be transformed into demonic field known as dark souls upon their death, leading to more mayhem.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Writer:  Brian Michael Bendis
Artist:  John Romita JR.
The Story: The return of the Illuminati! Marvel’s super-secret brain trust has reunited because someone is trying to put the Infinity Gauntlet back together. Who is it and will the Avengers be able to stop them in time? And what does any of this have to do with the Red Hulk? Plus, is there a little romance brewing? Another blistering blockbuster chapter from Marvel’s premiere super hero team Bendis and Romita Jr. Plus: another illustrated chapter of the oral history of the Avengers!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This week, Spoilerite Brad wanted to know which was the better Star Wars Parody?
That certainly makes for a great question, but why don’t we add our own Major Spoilers Twist?

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  1. Re: How to Train Your Dragon…

    The plot of the movie and the book of the same name are pretty much completely different. (First drafts of the script were more loyal to the book, but about halfway through production new directors came on and changes were made.) Molly is right that Astrid wasn’t in the book (although I thought Astrid was pretty awesome), but there’s way more differences than that. For one, Matthew’s favourite part about the book being only one page long is not there. It’s a very VERY loose adaptation.

    That being said, it’s a darn good movie. Up there with Tangled and Despicable Me for my favourite animated movie of the year.

  2. I agree with Matthew’s opinion on Marvel stating a new on-going series then abandoning it immediately. S.W.O.R.D., Doctor Voodoo, Hawkeye & Mockingbird, and Black Widow were all quality books.

    I miss Atlas too, but at least it had 16 issues from two on-going series and multiple minis.

    Look how many on-going titles from Marvel just fell off my pull list in the past 2 years: Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, S.W.O.R.D., Doctor Voodoo, Hawkeye & Mockingbird, Black Widow, Atlas, and Hercules. I didn’t stop reading them; Marvel stopped selling them to me. 10 comics that were automatic buys for me.

    Thanos Imperative was good, but it wasn’t a replacement for Nova and Guardians.
    At least they haven’t killed Iron Fist. Poor Nova, Starlord and Doctor Voodoo.
    Prince of Power was on the right track, but the Chaos War is a yucky and convoluted replacement for Hercules.
    I don’t know who Marvel is kidding with Widowmaker. Just finish the two series it was replacing.

  3. Clash of the Titans, “Perseus Begins” would have been a truer name… only one movie I’ve paid to see has ever been worse. To add insult to injury they’re making a sequel to this pile of crap.

    Marvel right now is following the Fox cancelation system “if it doesn’t break so big it can beat high rating shows that have been going on for years it never will and we should cut our loses”. Marvel should just do new mini-series, no new on-goings, if it sells well do another mini.

    Rodrigo, you have to see “It’s a Trap”, it’s as good or better then the first Family Guy special. There are Seth Green jokes that I can’t recall without laughing, Hell they managed to make the Ewok fun to watch!

  4. Rodrigo, while I still disagree with your dismissal of “The Incredibles”, I agree with everything you said about “No Ordinary Family”. I gave up after two episodes when I realized that the parents will stay wishy-washy, the kids will stay gross stereotypes (especially that daughter, who is like every horrible “this is what teenaged girls are like” cliche in one evil package), the villains will be shady & ill-defined, and most of all, that Special Prosecutor Uncle Tomfoolery will be sticking around to be the wacky sidekick while Officer Competent Lady gets fridged. Readers are sick of these cliches in print, and like you said, just because it’s not in print anymore doesn’t mean a bad cliche will magically become fresh & interesting instead of lazy & insulting to the audience.

    My mother, lover of horrible televised sci-fi & keeps trying to watch something and will it into being watchable, even bailed on it after a half dozen episodes because “the writing’s too crappy to bother”. This from a woman who stuck with “Heroes” till the bitter end, stuck with “Trauma” & hated every episode (not sci-fi but still a good example), is trying to pretend “The Event” makes sense, and still watches the dumbed-down V remake. It’s a show so bad that a woman with incredibly low standards said that it was just too bad to watch. So thank you, Rodrigo, for proving it’s not just a finicky nerd girl & her mother who hate this.

  5. I enjoyed this episode very much gents. When Stephen said he had considered giving it up when the site crashed I actually felt a little sick. It made me realise how much I love Major Spoilers and Critical Hit and everything else you guys do.

    My sincere thanks and I wish you every happiness and success in 2011.

  6. Incredible how much content you guys are creating!
    It’s been five days and the (older) podcast has slipped to the forth side on – Good for you ^^

    I wanted to share my agreement with Rodrigo in this issue of the MSP. He summed up my exact thoughts about “Clash of the Titans”, or rather “Crap about Titans”. The best part for me was that he picked up on the scene in which they completely discount beloved Bubo. My biggest mistake was that I let the awesome trailer get me exited and me and my friends watched the old one right before we went to see that.
    The 3D was the worst I’ve seen so far and was not willing to see anything in 3D ever again.

    To end on a high note: My hopes are still up that the highly praised Darkwing Duck comics will sometimes soon come to my country.

    Thanks MSP-team. Keep up the great work!

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