This week on the show: Beware the Batman! Invincible parties down, City of Heroes goes Free to Play, and the Major Spoilers Crew take phone calls from listeners about DC’s New 52.

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NEWS
Beware The Batman
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REVIEWS
Stephen
Invincible #83
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art By: Ryan Ottley
Colored By: Fco Plasencia
Tether Tyrant and Magmaniac have long stood on the sidelines of the villain community – until now! Invincible has more than enough to deal with now that his life is in ruins dealing with the aftermath of… oh, that would be telling.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Rodrigo
City of Heroes – Freedom

Rating: ★★★★☆

Matthew
Brilliant #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller (cover): Mark Bagley
Inker: Joe Rubinstein
Colorist: Nick Filardi
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Other: Tim Daniel
Editor: Jennifer Grunwald
The first creator-owned book by ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, BRILLIANT tells the story of a handful of college-age geniuses who challenge each other to solve the mystery of superpowers. Can the best and brightest change science fiction into science fact? And if so, how will the world at large react? BRILLIANT is a thriller of the highest order. It is a story of how true power can either destroy or protect the strongest of friendships. It is the story of how the world will react when our true potential is finally unlocked. This fast-talking, whip-smart new series will thrill fans of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, POWERS and SCARLET. The first award-winning collection of Bendis and Bagley’s ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN has sold well over one million copies.

Rating: ★★★★½

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11 Comments

  1. October 5, 2011 at 4:04 am — Reply

    Living 8 hours in the future (Europe) I couldn’t call in :(
    My favorites of the new 52 was

    Batwoman – the art alone sold this book to me. This doesn’t feel as much as a superhero book as a … yes as an european comic for grown ups. I really, really liked it.

    Animal Man – Again, not a book about superheros doing stuff. But people who also happends to be superheros.

    Batman – As Stephen said in his review, an exellent jumping on point. I reading Batman again.

    I admit that I haven’t read all 52 issues, but I atleast read the previews the DC send out via Comixology.

    • October 5, 2011 at 4:06 am — Reply

      Was a little fast on the keyboard – sorry for the typos.

  2. October 5, 2011 at 4:45 am — Reply

    Can’t wait to hear this – I’m sorry I couldn’t call in due to my early mornings. Here’s hoping everyone had a good time!

  3. October 5, 2011 at 5:15 am — Reply

    About the woman in red I allmost sure she’s a contingency. So in case the New 52 fails, they’ll can use her to go back to the way things were.

  4. ed
    October 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm — Reply

    I am getting my package from DCB Service today with all 52. I will drop a line later with my favorites.

  5. Frank
    October 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    Animal man and JLA Dark are my favorites.

  6. fire hazard
    October 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm — Reply

    I’m under the impression that this purple person is the watcher type person of the DCU and that the these titles are going to be in a new multiverse. In Blackhawks review there is a mention of a map that resembles the Flashpoint U.

    • fire hazard
      October 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm — Reply

      Also love Action Comics, Demon Knights,Grenn Lantern New Guardians, and my #1 is Batman. (Just wish they kept Snyder on Detective instead of the switch between creators)

  7. Xian
    October 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm — Reply

    I bought about 25 titles, I’ll break my impressions down by DC’s marketing blocks (League, Batman, Superman, GL, Young Justice, Edge, and Dark):

    League
    Loved Flash, optimistic about Wonder Woman, enjoyed but really disappointed by Justice League. Despite lacking my number one favorite superhero character of all time, Wally West, after six years of Flash floundering and an allegedly Flash-centric event book that really didn’t render Barry anymore interesting, sympathetic, or cool (if anything, the villain revelation was a great twist but the story doesn’t follow through by having that go to its logical and damning conclusions OR having an inspiring redemption, we just get a sort of middling rushed compromise to get to our new status quo) it was a solid and pure superhero story, perfectly streamlined to highlight only the best aspects of the elemental Flash rather than getting bogged down in cosmology, canon, or other fan wankery inaccessible to new readers.

    I’ve enjoyed multiple runs on Wonder Woman and found this horror take where Diana is a little distanced from the story itself interesting and fresh… I don’t know how it’ll do long term, but I’m hopeful.

    I enjoyed Justice League for what it was, but was really let down compared to what it should have been in my opinion. Justice League should have been the flagship title that had everyone raving, declaring it a critical or popular must buy for reasons beyond marketing. The overall execution was only good, not awe-inspiring or jaw-dropping, and it really lacks a serious hook to justify committing to a second look by a new reader. Even if they went the summer blockbuster route, I think it misfired. People who buy into superheroes and the League want that adolescent power fantasy and they want value- getting all the heroes for the price of one book- heck, DC knows this which is why they’re all on the cover! If you open any Alex Ross League-based book, you get that immediate “Wow!” factor where the League are shown in their glory, authority, and power right up front. Spend 6-8 pages (or more for double page spreads) showing EVERY League member in one big out-of-context, tease-the-climax-first battle where their unique powers, abilities, and characteristics are demonstrated right away to hook new readers onto those “action figures.” Have Flash search an entire city, GL operate a factory single handedly, Superman punch a brick to the moon, or whatever… then spend your remaining pages going back in time to give us some plot, some character, and the hook. Screenplay writing 101!

    Instead, we get three main characters who all get emasculated in a series of relatively boring action sequences (heck, so boring that Batman and GL have logistic conversations during them and the other one is a football montage, ugh)… GL gets humbled by Bats, Bats get humbled by Supes, and Cyborg gets humbled by daddy issues. Not exactly delivering on the wish-fulfillment, action, or full set of heroes. Again, it was a fine and enjoyable issue on its own merits, but in the context of a historical relaunch, renumbering, and introduction to new readers- as a landmark that they’re constantly going to be referred to as a starting point to read from- it wasn’t as great as it should have been in my opinion.

    Batman
    Batgirl, average. Batwoman, trade waiting. Catwoman, ok. Red Hood, beautiful and too early to judge the story. Red Hood is very adolescent, sure, but all adolescent stories start out with the fantasy as good, get confronted by the genuine consequences of that fantasy, then resolve as the characters change their views on the fantasy. We’re not going to get that entire arc in the first issue! They’re outlaws, quasi-bad, immature people. Unlimited meaningless sex and violence may be an adolescent fantasy at first… but once the consequences of that start to spring up for the participants, you can take the story to interesting places.

    Superman
    Action, very good. Superboy, intriguing. Supergirl, disappointing. Superman, mixed… I was disappointed by the overall tone (sort of moody, distant, and uninspiring) and the density of the writing, but it was one of the few books that told a nearly complete done-in-one-ish story out of the New 52, which I give it a lot of credit for. Also the interior art was surprisingly good (compared to what I consider to be an awful constipated cover that fails to understand what people like about Superman).

    GL
    Only got GL#1, it was ok, will trade wait.

    Young Justice
    Titans had lots of Kid Flash, yay, but felt like it was spinning its wheels, will trade wait. Legion Lost had really good art and layouts by one of my favorites, Woods, but I couldn’t read it for the life of me. I meant to pick up Blue Beetle, but forgot to.

    Edge
    All-Star Western, gold. Stormwatch, loved Authority so I will enjoy this… in trade. Squad was a good intro but the main plot isn’t going to keep me. Blackhawks really disappointed… I need more pew pew from what I was expecting to be GI Joe. Voodoo, excellent horror / Tales from the Crypt / Outer Limits type book / story, exploitation and all.

    Dark
    I liked everything except Frankenstein simply because the Flashpoint mini was drawn better and covered similar ground. The biggest surprise for me was Demon Knights since I don’t like Etrigan, not a fan of magic, or swords and sorcery (over scifi), however, I do love immortals (Vandal Savage first in my heart amongst many) and seeing him made me pick up the book and reading the book made me love it… this definitely reads like the next / new Secret Six for my money.

  8. Carter
    October 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    Rodrigo, have you tried Imitrex for your migraines? It is a nasal spray that you take at the onset of symptoms and it just stops the migraine from getting any worse. I suffer from migraines too and I keep it with me at all times. It’s just great.

    • October 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm — Reply

      I’ll check it out

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