This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast: We celebrate 75 years of Superman, by looking at his death. Plus – Bruce Lee and Jet Li duke it out, George talks Gundam, The Red Panda appears, Chin Music tweaks your mellon, and more Superman.

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Show Notes after the Jump!

NEWS
Comics Alliance Shuts Down

REVIEWS
STEPHEN
Mask of the Red Panda #3
Writer: Gregg Taylor
Artist: Dean Kotz
Publisher: Monkeybrain Comics
Cover Price $.99
The thrilling conclusion of this debut story arc! The Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel now know all of the players, but can they call the tune in time to prevent the power of the sun itself from falling into mortal hands?

Rating: ★★★★☆

MATTHEW
Chin Music #1
Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Tony Harris
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Shaw is a man on the run and lost in time. Fleeing ancient enemies, Shaw finds himself in prohibition-era Chicago surrounded by gangers and demons alike and caught between law enforcement and the local supernatural underground. CHIN MUSIC is a tale of mysticism and violence like nothing you’ve experienced before.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

GEORGE
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN, VOLUME 1: ACTIVATION
Writer: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Yoshiyuki Tomino
Artist: Hajime Yatate
Publisher: Vertical
Cover Price: $29.95
In a civil war, half of humanity is wiped out, and Zeon’s army of Zaku mobile units is the decisive weapon. With the Federation’s first Gundam out of action, Amuro miraculously stumbles on a second unit. Now, in control of a machine with unparalleled destructive power, will Amuro’s actions save the colony’s survivors – or destroy them? The biggest name in Japanese science-fiction – Gundam – returns with one of its creators retelling its origins 25 years after the series debuted. To honor this modern classic, Gundam: The Origin will be pulbished as a set of hardcovers featuring dozens of color pages and essays from the biggest names of Japanese animation and manga.

Rating: ★★★★★

ZACH
Adventures of Superman #1
Writer: Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Justin Jordan
Artist: Chris Samnee, Jeff Lemire, Riley Rossmo
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Witness Superman’s first encounter with the work of Lex Luthor, brought to you by Jeff Parker (Hulk) and Chris Samnee (Daredevil)! Also, Bizarro has his worst (best?) day ever, penned by Justin Jordan with art by fan-favorite Riley Rossmo! Plus, from the mind of Jeff Lemire comes Superman vs. Brainiac! Or is it Luthor? Or Zod?? Find out in this month’s issue!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
Lee vs. Li Fight
Comic book match-ups often leave readers at odds with one another over who really won the big fight. Logan vs. Spider-Man? Juggernaut vs. Superman? Batman vs. Batman? It gets everyone worked up.  So, let’s keep the dialogue going by asking the age old question, “Who would win in a fight?”

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Discussion:
The Death of Superman
One of the best selling graphic novels of all time is back in a new edition. Can even Superman stop the unstoppable creature called Doomsday? If the assembled might of the JLA can’t do it, what hope does he have?

Collects SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #18-19, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #69, SUPERMAN #74-75 and ACTION COMICS #684.

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2 Comments

  1. May 1, 2013 at 7:46 am — Reply

    Kept waiting for you guys to bring up Max Landis’ absolutely hilarious and sardonic breakdown of The Death and Return of Superman (starring the likes of Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore).

    I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t seen it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PlwDbSYicM

    (spoiler: it is a bit less kind to the material than you guys are)

    I do agree with Matthew that The Death of Superman is the comic equivalent of a popcorn action movie, and it is certainly enjoyable in that regard. Still, I think we can all agree that from time to time it is fun to crank up the snark to eleven and absolutely trash something. Plus Ron Howard has a cameo at the end.

  2. HipHopHead
    May 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm — Reply

    Greetings Major Spoilers, let me chime in on the discussion of who would in a fight between Bruce Lee and Jet Li.

    Though both are highly skilled in Martial Arts. Here is the BIG difference (in my opinion):

    Jet Li is highly skilled in various forms of Martial Arts. (Giving him credit for his blade skills)

    Bruce Lee is a MASTER of a Martial Art form (Jeet Kune Doe).

    (I am long time…wish I had more time to call in…listener. Recently became a monthly donor (insert goat sound)…worth EVERY penny ( he meant dollar).

    Loving the Zach on Film podcast. Have a large collection of the classics myself. (He never went to college either…’myself’???)

    Recommendations.

    Cagney and Bogart films, any of the classic 1940 Film Noir (is that the correct term for the genre?, if not don’t read that one) and pick a few 1950 B Movies.

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