This week on the show: The Complete Bone! Reviews! Odin does something to Iron Man! All this, plus Matthew, too, in this installment of the Major Spoilers Podcast.

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Stephen
Batman #3
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
As Bruce digs deeper into the mystery of the recent owl murders, he soon finds himself face to face with a shocking enemy – an enemy the Wayne family has secretly been at war with for centuries. Be there for the first shots of the war for the soul of Gotham City. Friends will become deadly enemies and secrets will be revealed – revelations that will change the Bat-family forever.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Rodrigo
THE STRAIN #1
When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Center for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event-an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Matthew
Fear Itself #7.3
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by ADAM KUBERT
Variant Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
Iron Man squares off against the All-Father of Asgard Odin. And that may not be the worst of it all as a terrible secret of Tony is leaked to the world.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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Bone: The Complete Volume
Art and Words by Jeff Smith
The series centers around the Bone cousins, white, bald cartoon caricatures. In the opening pages of Bone: Out from Boneville the three Bone cousins—avaricious Phoncible P. “Phoney” Bone, goofy cigar-smoking Smiley Bone, and everyman character Fone Bone—are run out of their hometown of Boneville after Phoney decides to run for mayor and built a balloon on top the head of a statue of Boneville’s founder. A strong wind made the balloon break the head off of the statue and all the townspeople ran Vincible, Smiley, and Fone out of town. After crossing a desert, the cousins are separated by a sea of locusts and individually ending up in the mysterious Valley and must make their way across the fantasy landscape pursued by rat creatures. They joyously reunite at a local village called Barrelhaven, where they are taken in by a mysterious girl named Thorn and her even more enigmatic grandmother. Fone Bone instantly develops a crush on Thorn when he meets her, and repeatedly attempts to prove his love through poetry. As they stay longer in the valley, they encounter humans and other creatures who are threatened by a dark entity, the Lord of the Locusts. The Bones are quickly drawn into the events around them, compelling them on a hero’s journey to help save the world.

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9 Comments

  1. November 23, 2011 at 5:02 am — Reply

    Wow, that was a nice intro today Matthew. One of the best in a long time.

  2. GeorgeDubya
    November 23, 2011 at 9:11 am — Reply

    I’ve only gotten to the review portion of the show, and already this is turning into one of my favorite episodes. Matthew’s opening was great, Rodrigo’s “Sup?” made me actually chuckle (thank goodness nobody else decided to come in to work today), and Stephen’s guess at what Odin did to Iron Man… Well let’s just say I had to clean coffee off of my computer screen after that.

    Great episode guys.

    • November 23, 2011 at 9:58 am — Reply

      Personally, I think Rodrigo’s interpretation of my suggestion was brilliant… I set ’em up, and let the other two knock it out of the park.

      • GeorgeDubya
        November 23, 2011 at 11:11 am — Reply

        And as I continue to listen (have to keep turning things on and off as things occur here at work), and learn of the monster you’ve created.

        They really did take your comment and run with it.

        • GeorgeDubya
          November 23, 2011 at 11:13 am — Reply

          Wow. Note to self: reread what you’ve typed if you have to walk away mid-comment, because what you actually wrote and what you thought you wrote probably aren’t the same.

          My comment above makes no sense, and I apologize to everyone for that.

          What I meant to say was “And as I continue to listen (I have to keep pausing as things occur here at work), I learn of the monster you’ve created.”

  3. November 23, 2011 at 10:03 am — Reply

    I started reading individual issues of Bone with issue #19 which came out in 1995. The Great Cow Race came out before that and is collected in the 2nd Bone trade of the same name, issues 7-12. Bone is a fantastic achievement in the world of comics, a singular vision with fantastic art. It is a true epic, and reads much better in long form, which is why probably 90% of its audience has read it in collected forms of one type or another.

    As for Pogo, Fantagraphics Complete Pogo (Volume 1) is FINALLY out. I’m hoping to get it for Xmas. I LOVE Pogo, certainly the best strip of its era.

  4. November 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    Full Disclosure: This week’s open was inspired by a random Rodrigo email, so I can’t take all the credit…

    However, the Iron Man thing is ALL Steve.

  5. November 24, 2011 at 1:22 am — Reply

    Interesting to hear your high praice of Bone.
    I have often looked at the volumes, fliped through them and thought naaaaa.

    I think it’s the mix af the art styles that just don’t do it for me. A little too much “Who framed Roger Rabbit” to my taste.

    Think Im gonna give it a shot after this show however. Now that I know how it ends #facepalm

  6. Ricco
    November 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    Holy mother of God! I laughed so hard…

    Now when I see the Avengers movie I’ll giggle every time Iron Man and Thor are in the same shot, hopefully Odin won’t have a dramatic scene where he saves the Avengers from Loki or I’ll freaking loose it.

    Had to stop twice while typing this, still laugh when Rodrigo says “He came back changed!” and of course Stephen question after that just kill me!

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