This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, Rodrigo is gone, comic strips are the talk of the show, Conan is king, and Adventure Time #16! Plus, Matthew…


Show Notes after the Jump!

First full trailer for World’s End arrives

King Conan: Hour of the Dragon #1
Writer: Timothy Truman
Artist: Tomas Giorello
King Conan has faced many threats to his throne in Aquilonia—but none more deadly than a traitorous alliance backed by the resurrected sorcerer Xaltotun, at whose command mountains crumble!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Logan’s Run Rebirth #1
Writer: William F. Nolan
Artist: Paul Salamoff
As the world deals with the loss of the Thinker; Logan, Jessica and their infant son Jaq have found a secluded spot to live out their new found extended lives. But the world isn’t done with Logan-6 and though he tries to stay out of things, a mysterious person from his past re-emerges with an agenda of her own and a score to settle with the retired Sandman.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Star Trek Into Darkness
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Adventure Time #16
Writer(s): Ryan North
Artist(s): Braden Lamb, Shelli Paroline
It’s an all-new adventure for Finn, Jake and the gang from critically acclaimed writer Ryan North! The best all-ages series of 2013 continues!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
There’s still a bit of controversy surrounding Star Trek Into Darkness and how it lines up with Wrath of Khan. There was a bit of discussion last week on the Major Spoilers Podcast about it, and on The Morning Stream.  When people don’t agree, it’s time to punch the crap out of it.


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  1. Michael
    May 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    From Wikipedia:

    Each film in the trilogy is connected to a Cornetto ice cream flavour – both of the films released to date feature scenes in which one of the main characters purchases a Cornetto of the appropriate flavour. Shaun of the Dead features a red strawberry flavoured Cornetto, which signifies the film’s bloody and gory elements, Hot Fuzz includes the blue original Cornetto, to signify the police element to the film, and The World’s End will feature the green mint choc-chip flavour, relating to the alien antagonists. The use of the three flavours/colours of Cornetto is a reference to Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours film trilogy.

  2. May 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    I love the strip format for comics, and I have recently taken to collecting mass market paperbacks of things like B.C. Wizard of Id, Hi and Lois and anything else I can find from when those strips were good or even great. I recently picked up 3 Dennis the Menace collections ($.75 total!) 2 printing strips from the 60s and one from the 70s. The earlier strips are definitely superior. By the later book you can see the strip in definite decline.

    I think for many people in the newspaper audience, the comics page is a bit of comfort. They know Blondie, Peanuts and Beetle Bailey will be there, and they know the ‘joke’ will be familiar. They aren’t reading to be challenged. They will freak out if that bit of comfort is suddenly removed to make way for some unfamiliar strip featuring unknown characters. The audience for newspapers is aging, young people don’t read them and so they aren’t getting exposed to comics that way.

    The strip format now lives on the web. Anything interesting or relevant is happening here without need of paper. The variety of genres and approaches in nigh infinite.

    For strips offering the classic ‘newspaper experience’ I recommend:

    Bug by Adam Huber – 5 days a week, always funny, great pop culture and observational stuff.

    Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott – a little girl, her family and their bear. this strip would not be out of place in any newspaper. Sweet, but funny, a strip with real heart.

    Mighty Monocle by DM Rolfe – Incompetent superhero and his sidekick.

    Inhuman Relations by Dennis Hyer – the ongoing adventures of Fred and Maureen and Maureen’s anxiety ridden, plot complicating friend, Tirzah.

    Beyond traditional newspaper approaches there are non-traditional strips that would NEVER fly in a newspaper like The American Rabbit Wakes up (with art compiled from old public domain comics), Ellie on Planet X, Hark A Vagarant, or any of 1000 other strips that are too off kilter, violent, sexy, smart, dumb or whatever. There is a lot of noise among web comics, but if you are willing to search you can probably find a strip that speaks EXACTLY to you.

    And Herman is an underappreciated work of genius that pioneered the ‘weird humor’ gag panel in newspapers five years before The Far Side.

  3. May 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    Its horrible to say but when you guy started getting snarky on some of the current newspaper comic strips it almost had me rolling and Cathy is terrible.

    That said I love Garfield, I realize all its short comings but I love when they spend two weeks on vacation in at some Hawaii knock off or some other adventure to the farm. The 1988 tv show is still enjoyable and on Amazon Streaming.

    Garfield was really the first thing i read and continued to read of an extended period of time and its gotten tired. But part of me also feels this is what everyday life is like for most of us we eat, we sleep, we work, and repeat. It would be nice if Jon could marry Liz already and change the nature of the house a bit but overall I do love it for what it is.

    As to webcomics, there was a time when I read dozens like Steven but now the only two I read are Sluggy Freelance, and Captain SNES everything else I used to to love has ended.

    And i hate to say webcomics are the future because for most of these artist, they make no money off there work and often they are gone as quickly as they came into existence. That is great thing about the internet anyone can create anything but it also means you get what you pay for.

    As broken as the newspaper system is/was at least people were getting paid for there work, and I know some people have gotten there webcomics to that point they make money but most never will regardless of how good or bad they are.

  4. Solid Muldoon
    June 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm — Reply

    Jeez, I just can’t take it anymore.

    When I was Zack’s age I had watched Citizen Kane and Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon and The Battleship Potempkin and Dead End and Taxi Driver and Body Heat and The Road Warrior and….

    Watched them? I studied them! And I had no interest in becoming a filmmaker.

    Zack hasn’t even watched Wrath of Khan?

    Remember that scene in A Simple Plan when Bill Paxton puts Billy Bob down like a sick dog because he is just too stupid to live?

    I’m not saying, I’m just saying.

    • June 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm — Reply

      So what you’re saying is you are better than Zach?

      • Solid Muldoon
        June 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm — Reply


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