In this issue: Aliens attack, Rob is here, and Man Kills. It’s just another average day in the life of the Major Spoilers Podcast.

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NEWS
Alan Scott is Gay
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REVIEWS
Stephen
EXTERMINATION #1
Created by MATT GAGNON
Written by SIMON SPURRIER
Drawn by JEFFREY EDWARDS
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $1.00
COVER A: JOHN CASSADAY
COVER B: TREVOR HAIRSINE
Diamond Code: APR120887
WE LOST. THEY WON. In the wake of an apocalyptic alien invasion, the world’s greatest super-heroes and deadliest super-villains must form an alliance to prevent their own extermination. Two arch-enemies, Nox, a driven hero, and Red Reaper, a ruthless villain, form a volatile partnership for the greater good. The enemy of your enemy is your friend — but will they be able to ultimately put aside their bitter past to prevent global genocide? What happens when all the battle lines are redrawn and foes become unlikely allies in a desperate war for the fate of the very planet — and the outcome of a species? Written by Simon Spurrier (X-CLUB, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT, WOLVERINE: DANGEROUS GAMES), EXTERMINATION is a superhero survival story by an author that boldly explores the dark crevices of an entire genre.

Rating: ★★★★½

Rodrigo
Planetoid #1
Writer: Ken Garing
Artist: Ken Garing
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Silas, an ex-soldier turned space pirate, finds himself stranded on a mysterious planet in alien territory. As he explores the long-abandoned industrial ruins of the planet’s surface he will have to fend off rogue mechanical creatures, roving cyborg militias, and a hostile alien military with a bounty on his head. Silas will have to rely on resourcefulness and bare-bones survival tactics in order to stay alive and ultimately unlock the secrets of a planet where survival is a luxury and escape an impossibility.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Matthew
Mudman #4
Burnbridge on Sea is under attack… from the sea? Mudman is the only person who can the tide – but when you’re made of mud, water isn’t the easiest thing to stop.

Rating: ★★★★★

Rob
Animal Man Annual
A stand alone tale detailing the history of the epic struggle between THE RED, THE GREEN and THE ROT!• As seen in ANIMAL MAN and SWAMP THING, these forces will play a major role in the future of the DC Universe!

Rating: ★★★★½

Jimmy
Wolverine and the X-Men #11
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Nick Bradshaw, Walden Wong
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $3.99
• AVX TIE-INS!
• Cyclops comes to the Jean Grey School!
• Will Wolverine’s X-Men join Cyclops against the Avengers?
• ICEMAN vs RED HULK!

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
This week, DC Comics releases two comics that have caused a bit of controversy.  The first is Earth 2 #2, which introduces readers to Alan Scott, who has undergone a sexual preference switch, while the second, Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1, features a prequel to a series that many think is too holy to touch with a ten foot pole.  There’s no doubt people are going to flock to pick up these titles, but the bigger question is, which one will sell the most copies?

Which title will sell more copies?

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Discussion:
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
The story concerns a minister, the Reverend William Stryker, stirring up religious anti-mutant fervor and kidnapping Professor X in an attempt to eradicate all mutants. It is one of the most clear-cut examples of X-Men comics using mutant relations as a metaphor for real life race relations as well as being a general critic of prejudice and what was the growing political clout of televangelists.

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9 Comments

  1. Praion
    June 6, 2012 at 2:50 am — Reply

    Beastboy may be related to the Red (with his new colors and stuff)

  2. June 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm — Reply

    I would still love to hear your thoughts on the retirement of George Lucas

    • June 7, 2012 at 10:14 am — Reply

      There might be a little Lucas discussion on Saturday’s show. The only way to know is to listen. :)

  3. nordberg01
    June 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    In response to the conversation concerning Alan Scott being gay invalidating both the existence of Obsidian and his status as a previous gay DC character: As much as I might have to put on a “Comic Book Guy” voice, I’ll drop this out there anyway. Although this is the “Earth 2” Alan Scott/Green Lantern, this is NOT the same Alan Scott that we have known since 1940. He is a completely distinct character in the same way that the new “Earth-2” Superman is NOT the Golden Age Superman from the original “Action Comics #1.” By virtue of the fact that this Alan Scott is a multi-billionaire businessman in the 21st-century immediately points to the fact that he is a completely separate character than Alan Scott of the JSA of Earth-2 in the Pre-Crisis DC Universe and of the WWII JSA/All-Star Squadron in the Post-Crisis Universe.

    Somewhere, buried in the secret labyrinth that is the DC Multiverse pre-Flashpoint, are both the DC Universe we read about from 1985-Infinite Crisis as well as the original “Earth-2” from before 1985, and whatever the heck was happening with the Earth-2 characters post “52.”

    It is my hope that both Alan Scott and his kids (as well as all of the other characters that we miss, even though we are enjoying the new adventures) are living happily ever after on those worlds and maybe, just maybe, someday we’ll get to see these guys again.

  4. June 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    After listening to the podcast and thinking for awhile about the whole Obsidian and Jade thing I have one thought/question. Why can’t gay Alan Scott be a father? Just because he’s gay does not mean that he can’t be a father. There’s a number of ways this could happen: marriage/relationship before he realized, adoption (the kids could get power through proximity instead of genetics), a surrogate mother. It’s not like these options aren’t available in the real world, and he’s a billionaire in a comic world, anything is possible there.

    • June 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm — Reply

      That’s a valid point. My thinking wasn’t that Jade and Obsidian couldn’t exist because Alan is gay, but because Alan is too young to have grown children, unless they revamped them as Teen Titan-age or something.

  5. June 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm — Reply

    The Tempest, Not a Midsummer Night’s Eve. Sorry.

    • June 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm — Reply

      Dream… man, my 9th grade English teacher would have a fit.

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