This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast, Judge Dredd: Cursed Earth, Rodrigo is out, Zach reviews Star Wars, and we want to know who is the better cook!


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Legends of the Dark Knight #4
Writers: TJ Fixman, Andrew Dabb, Jonathan Larsen
Artists: Christopher Mitten, Giorgio Pontrelli, Tan Eng Haut
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99 (40 pages)
• The first time in print for these digital-first stories.
• There’s a new crime fighter in town, and he’s captured The Joker!
• When a new Batman movie begins filming in Gotham City, it brings out the crazies—literally!
• Plus: Two-Face unveils his most diabolical plan yet!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Avengers Arena #3
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Kev Walker
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
A mystery opponent vs. Avengers Academy’s Sentinel! Who is the killer stalking the competitors in their sleep? Plus: Darkhawk equals death!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth #1
Writer: Ken Kristensen
Artist: M.K. Perker
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
This series, a collision of comedy, sex, and violence, follows the misadventures of America’s most dysfunctional family as they go head-to-severed head with an Oprah-loving ax murderer, a cult-crazy soap opera star, and a neo-Nazi prison gang.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Star Wars #1
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Carlos D’Anda
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! We’re taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!

Rating: ★★★★½

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
It’s time once again to turn our gaze to the octagon! Two characters enter, one will leave victorious!  It’s the Major Spoilers Poll of the Week!
As everyone knows, one of the keys to becoming a contender in the ring is to make sure you are eating a well balanced diet.  This week, the gloves are off, and the aprons go on, as we ask the all important question, “Who is the better cook?”
“Allez cuisine!”

Who is the better cook?

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Judge Dredd: Cursed Earth
The first, fantastic Dredd saga is now available in an awesome paperback! When plague devastates Mega-City Two, Judge Dredd volunteers to deliver the vaccine that will save its last remaining inhabitants. But first, he and his crew have to travel 1,000 miles across the Cursed Earth, the savage radioactive wasteland which separates the cities. With cannibals, dinosaurs, mutants and insane robots between the Judges and their goal, it’s not going to be a smooth journey! Featuring work by fan favourite Brian Bolland (Batman: The Killing Joke) and classic Dredd artist Mike McMahon (Slaine), this shouldn’t be missed by any Judge Dredd or 2000 AD fan!

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  1. January 16, 2013 at 5:50 am — Reply

    I think Matthew raises the key issue regarding Judge Dredd in that it needs to be viewed through a British lens. It’s a picture of American culture taken to its absurd conclusion in a post-apocalyptic world. This is relevant if you look at the culturally influential punk and post-punk stuff that was going on during the time that these stories were published.

    The judges aren’t supposed to be heroes. They’re the symbolic embodiment of society abdicating all responsibility to the authorities. It really stimulates the ol’ sociological imagination.

    Something else I that I don’t think was brought up is how Judge Dredd is aging in real-time, much like Constantine. He’s still a young man in this story, but he’s over 70 now.

  2. Dan
    January 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    y’know, i’d give alfred the benefit of the doubt that he knows how to cook beyond your stereotypical english fare. i definitely remember a few issues during the jason todd years where alfred totally busted out the pot roast. and i know i’d eat the hell outta some pot roast, whether alfred prepared it or not. so yeah. i do agree with zach that dick (and for that matter, tim drake) knows how to cook, based on what he picked up from alfie p.

    jason todd, especially post-resurrection red hood jason todd, is totally a raw ramen dude.

    • Dan
      January 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm — Reply

      also, FYI: The Raid is an Indonesian film. if you liked it, you’ll be happy to know the sequel’s already on its way thanks to the success of the first film.

  3. N
    January 17, 2013 at 6:39 am — Reply

    It’s funny to me how everyone compares the film Dredd to The Raid but in my mind any story that involves the protagonist making his/her way up a building to confront the “final boss” reminds me of Bruce Lees’ Game of Death more then anything else.

  4. Sean
    January 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm — Reply

    1. I think Avengers Arena is more based of BATTLE ROYAL than Hunger Games.

    2. The Star Wars comic is actually a 1 of 6 not a 1 or 3. Wood planned it as a 3 parter then changed it to six. Mr. Stradley and company didn’t have enough time to change it. And it is an ongoing. Atleast it is until the turn over.

  5. Rob
    January 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    As an English man and a professional chef I must object to of characterization English cuisine, I hardly ever boil meat and have never encountered fish wrapped in newspaper. ;)

    Also just for the sake of clarity Dredd had finish filming before work started on the Raid so any influencing would have gone in the other direction.

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