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Batman #17
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
This is it: The stunning conclusion to “DEATH OF THE FAMILY”!
Who lives? Who dies? Who laughs last? Find out as Batman and The Joker face off one last time!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Powers – The Bureau #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $3.99
Pilgrim is now a federal agent and dealing with the biggest powers cases in the entire country. But will this new life close the closet full of skeletons she carries with her? (Absolutely not!) And what does this mean for her old partner, Walker?

Rating: ★★★½☆

The Answer #2
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Mike Norton
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
On the run in Cincinnati, punctuation-faced hero The Answer must rescue the abducted librarian Devin from a sinister gang of asylum nurses and orderlies . . . but she may not WANT to be saved! More insane superhero adventure!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

End Times of Bram and Ben #2
Writers: James Asmus and Jim Festante
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Bram’s wild and very public response to the Apocalypse brings a cult of followers to his door – and warring agents of the End Times! Ben, meanwhile, gets blue balls and a trip to Hell. Destruction! Betrayal! Crotch-grabbing! And the violence kicks into high gear!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
For the last couple of days, rumor has spread like wildfire across the Intardwebz that Marvel is considering a big crossover between the 616 Universe and the Ultimate Universe (Universe 1610), with the ultimate outcome (see what I did there) being the closure/end of the Ultimate line of print comics.  Brian Michael Bendis, the guy that has been helming the U-Universe, and doing a dang find job of it (save for that horrible Loeb debacle), says this isn’t what is happening.  But that got us wondering anyway…

Should Marvel end the Ultimate Universe?

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The Purple Smurf
The Black Smurfs (English title The Purple Smurfs) is the first album of the original French-language Smurfs comic series created by Belgian artist Peyo, first published in 1963. In a little mushroom village live the Smurfs, diminutive blue-skinned humanoid creatures. One day, one of them gets stung by a  purple fly that turns his skin purple, reduces his vocabulary to the single word “gnap!”, and causes him to go berserk. He bounces around and bites other Smurfs on their tail, which turns them into purple Smurfs as well. Soon, almost everyone in the village has become a purple Smurf, and Papa Smurf, the leader, tries to find a cure and cease the tail-biting epidemic.

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  1. February 20, 2013 at 2:35 am — Reply

    Here’s a link to the online course:


    I should clarify, while the course is free, you will need to buy the comics that they study (if you don’t already have them) I emailed the professor and she said she is working on a discount for Comixology.

  2. February 20, 2013 at 5:57 am — Reply

    Thank you for reviewing another classis European book. Asterix, Lucky Luke, The Smurf and Tintin were the first comicbooks i “read”, and hearing you guys talk about them is a great joy. I think that if you live in America and are into comicbooks you absolutly should pick some of these old books up. They were the first comics out there and are a whole nother beast than say golden age American comics.
    Thanks again – and Im looking forward to what the near future brings for Majorspoilers

  3. Baron Bytes
    February 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    Its fun to hear you guys talk about the comics from my youth. Here in Quebec those are everywhere and all their offspring like Leonard, Les petis hommes, Gaston Lagaffe, Le Scrameustache, Yoko Tsuno, Spirou, Le marsupilami and a lot of others. My complete run of Tintin is the highlight of my comic book collection.

    I would be interested in hearing you talk about some more of those european comcs like Lanfeust de Troy or Thorghal. I don’t know if they are available in english though.

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