Major Spoilers Podcast #501: Orchid

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This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Skylanders, Orchid, and Hawkeye, oh my! Plus Fairy Quest, Dia de los Muertos, and the Harbinger!

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NEWS
The Muppets… AGAIN!
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REVIEWS
STEPHEN
Hawkeye #7
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artists: Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $2.99
“We’re pushing the next story back by a month to make room for a two timely stories about Hawkeye and Kate Bishop dealing with the ramifications of a hurricane that hammers the east coast. With lovely art by the Eisner Award Winning artist Steve Leiber and newcomer Jesse Hamm, it’s a perfect pause before the next Fraction/Aja mini-opus begins….featuring the reveal of a villain that I can promise you no one sees coming.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

MATTHEW
HARBINGER #0
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artist: Mico Suayan, Pere Perez
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Long ago, in the aftermath of history’s first atomic holocaust, Toyo Harada discovered a vision for the perfect future – one that he has vowed to realize with or without the consent of the human race. With a private army of hyper-telekinetics at his side, this omega-powered harbinger of humanity’s potential has spent decades reshaping the world to conform to his will. Now here, for the very first time, witness the origin and rise to power of this malevolent mind that would destroy the Valiant Universe rather than see it slip through his fingers.

Before the paths of Bloodshot and Harbinger collide this April in Harbinger Wars #1 (of 4), discover an essential chapter of the Valiant Universe’s past – and one that could define its future – only in Harbinger #0, featuring a standard cover by Mico Suayan and a wraparound gatefold variant by Lewis Larosa!

Rating: ★★★★☆

RODRIGO
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS #1
Writers: Alex Link, Christopher Long, Dirk Manning
Artist: Riley Rossmo
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, artist extraordinaire, RILEY ROSSMO (DEBRIS, GREEN WAKE, COWBOY NINJA VIKING, REBEL BLOOD) joins forces with nine different writers over three issues to tell tall tales from beyond the grave!
This issue’s writers are ALEX LINK (REBEL BLOOD), CHRISTOPHER LONG (X-Men Unlimited, Hiding In Time, Easy Way) and DIRK MANNING (NIGHTMARE WORLD, Write or Wrong). Future issues will feature stories by ED BRISSON (COMEBACK), ALEX GRECIAN (PROOF), JOE KEATINGE (HELL YEAH), JEFF MARRIOTTE (FADE TO BLACK), KURTIS WIEBE (PETER PANZERFAUST) and JOSHUA WILLIAMSON (XENOHOLICS).
In this issue: A mariachi falls in love with a woman who strongly resembles his lost love, a father is abused by a poltergeist, and a girl who’s mother died when she was born visits the land of the dead in her dreams.

Rating: ★★★½☆

ZACH
FAIRY QUEST #1
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
The world of Fablewood, where all of the stories that have ever been told live side-by- side, is a sinister place indeed! Under the watchful eye of the dreaded Mister Grimm and his Think Police, Red Riding Hood and her Wolf must risk everything to try and escape and find sanctuary in a mysterious place called the Real World… Written by industry legend Paul Jenkins (SENTRY, DEATHMATCH) and drawn by comics superstar Humberto Ramos (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), the smash Kickstarter with product details success story, FAIRY QUEST, is now available in single issue format for the first time!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
For the holiday season, I finally broke down and bought The Boy the Skylanders and Skylanders: Giants games that he had been begging for for the last year.  We finally defeated Kaos this past weekend, and found the last two Giants figures he’s been wanting.  Now I understand that there is a new Giants figure hitting stores soon, that The Boy already knows about, and a new Skylanders: Swap Force on the way with even more figures… which brings us to this week’s pressing poll.


Have you bought into the Skylanders experience?

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Discussion:
Orchid
When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Delve into the first chapter of Orchid, the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her, from the mind of musician Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman).

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