In this issue: Magic and technology clash in Saga, and a child is born! The week is slow on news, but that doesn’t stop us from talking about Marvel NOW! And what do you do when you have books to read? You read them AND review them!


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Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Chris Samnee
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: The 30th anniversary of the Rocketeer continues! Cliff finds himself the target of a scheme to ‘liberate’ the jetpack from him as a pair villains plot to stop him from interfering with their nefarious plans. Meanwhile, Cliff’s secret identity, rather precarious at the best of times, is discovered by someone outside of his immediate circle.

Rating: ★★★★½

Creator Owned Heroes #4
Story by: Steve Niles, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Art By: Phil Noto & Kevin Mellon
“TRIGGERGIRL 6,” Part Four
The whopping final chapter in this sci-fi thriller, Triggergirl 6 has discovered who created her and why, and the President of the United States finally understands his place in the world in ways he never expected.

Chloe and Gil have reached the end of the road. Now faced with an impossible choice the team must escape Mutant America and attempt to find civilization or die trying.
PLUS! An interview with superstar artist and trickster creator, SCOTT MORSE, a KEVIN MELLON art gallery, con photos, and original articles all celebrating the creator owned spirit!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Nick Pitarra
Publisher: Image
Cover Price: $3.50
SOLICITATION: While the Americans have progressively built the Manhattan Projects into massive success and thrust the west into future dominance, on the other side of the world the cold war rages on. Find out the secret history of the Russian science machine.
The thrilling FEEL GOOD, BAD SCIENCE series continues in THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #6: STAR CITY!

Rating: ★★★★½

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
The last quarter of 2012 is going to be packed – PACKED – with comics.  We’re already seeing DC launch its month of zero issues, and beginning in October Marvel begins Marvel NOW!  The big difference between the two mega-releases is one is doing it during the course of a month, while the other is doing it over the course of several months.


When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

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  1. Aw, I somehow missed that you guys were reviewing SAGA. I would have called in. This has been the highlight of my pull list since for the past six months. I love this book. Absolutely adore it. Maybe it’s because I’m in that stage of life where the wife and I are looking forward to having a baby, but this book just gets me. I love it. It’s very adult, but in the best ways possible, really. I’d recommend it to anyone who can handle the subject matters.

      • Also, I suspect the interpretation offered by MSP might have overlooked one or two things. First, we have wings and horns – these are not fairies, these are angels and demons. Second, Hazel mentions, when being born, a line about the difficulty of giving birth to new ideas; this setting may not be future or past, but some sort of alternate reality, where ideas reside.

  2. I am not contrary! And I will fight to the death anyone who says so!!!

    Saga sounds interesting, but the the Will/kid stuff sounds disturbing, I’ll check it out and see if it’s a deal breaker thou.

  3. Love, love, love, love SAGA- art is wonderful, story is vital, and the best letters section of any comic. Loved reading the story right through, no nasty adverts blocking the flow of images & text. Only complaint, which isn’t much of one, is that I always wanted more when I reached the end of the ish.

    Like @tsfogg, I was not aware that you were reviewing this. My excuse is that I am actually *in* new parenthood and somewhat preoccupied. I would have called or written in to share my appreciation & hand in my first impression & introduction.

    It was recommended to my me by the owner of one of my local comic shops, who has a great knack for pairing suggestions based on a current pull list. I very distinctly recall my man reading it first, and hearing him chuckle in the first pages that I was going to “hate this.” Reason why: the pooping comment in the opening birth scene, which was a verboten topic around me at the time. (If you don’t talk about it, it doesn’t happen! Logic, almost.)

    Due to my absence from the workplace, I have been forced to clip my consumption of nonessential thinglets. I’m happy to see that I can put this on a wish list & wait to see how the story evolves.

  4. Great episode. I have recently started listening after my love of Critical Hit. I can’t handle Saga, definitely not my thing, but I did purchase Rocketeer and Manhattan Projects based on your reviews and I love them! Thanks for all you guys do!

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