This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: ROM! No, really… ROM! Also, A1, Spider-Man’s Sister, the new season of The X-Files, Akaneiro, and Joe Hill’s Thumbprint.


Show Notes after the Jump!

Spider-Man gets a sister

The X-Files: Season 10 #1
For years they investigated the paranormal, pursued the “monsters of the week,” and sought the truth behind extraterrestrial activity, along with the grand conspiracy surrounding it rooted deep within their own government. But when AGENTS MULDER and SCULLY reunite for a new, ongoing series that ushers THE X-FILES into a new era of technological paranoia, multinational concerns and otherworldly threats, it’ll take more than a desire “to believe” to make it out alive. The X-Files: Season 10 also sees creator Chris Carter return to the fold as Executive Producer!

Rating: ★★★★☆

A1 #1
WIth EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL CONTENT including original art and sketches! Bursting out of the revived, award-winning anthology created by Dave Elliott, THE WEIRDING WILLOWS introduces Alice (of Wonderland fame), who is now a guardian of the Wild Woods — a place riddled with portals into other worlds of fantasy and literature! Alice’s father, Dr. Moreau, is a scientist who sells his animal-splicing know-how to the highest bidder. But what terrifying secrets will Alice uncover about his new client — one who commissions him to produce a race of flying monkeys?! From The Wind in the Willows to Frankenstein’s Monster, the worlds of fantasy are about to collide like never before!

Rating: ★★★½☆

American McGee’s reenvisioning of Red Riding Hood takes shape as this all-new story.
The brave young warrior Kani battles a gauntlet of fantastic mythical beasts inspired by Japanese folklore. However, things are not what they seem, and danger lurks where Kani least expects it! Justin Aclin (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Vasilis Lolos (Conan the Barbarian)!
Based on the hot new game by American McGee’s Spicy Horse Games!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Thumbprint #1
Private Mallory Grennan had done terrible things as an Abu Ghraib prison worker. After being discharged from the army, Mal thought she was leaving her sins behind to start a new life back home. But some things can’t be left behind — some things don’t want to be left behind. By Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella, the writing team that brought you the Eisner-award nominated one-shot, The Cape, with art by Vic Malhotra. Thumbprint will turn your guts inside out.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
A lot has been said about the Man of Steel this past week. We’ve had a couple of reviews (both text and video), and featured a place where you could share your thoughts on the movie. Online there is also a lot of talk about the pros and cons of the film, with some absolutely loving it, and others loathing it. We’ve heard all the good and all the bad, but today, it’s about your fellow movie goer.


ROM SpaceKnight
To build interest in the toy, Parker Brothers licensed the character to Marvel Comics which created a comic book featuring Rom. The comic expanded on the premise that Rom was a cyborg and gave him an origin, personality, set of supporting characters and villains, as well as interaction within the Marvel Universe. The comic was written by Bill Mantlo and initially illustrated by artist Sal Buscema.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Ricco
    June 19, 2013 at 9:51 am — Reply

    No one got the Dawn Parker reference?!

    In Buffy Season 5 we get introduced to the character Dawn Summer, Buffy’s out of nowhere younger sister that apparently always existed but we never saw before.

  2. Ice Q
    June 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm — Reply

    hey stephen i know you watched cowboy bebop, and are familiar with anime, i just wanted the podcast opinion a little series called Tiger and Bunny. I bought the first season a couple of months ago and fell in love with it, i have never seen gatchaman, or astro boy so this is my first time seeing japan do super heroes. I wanted your guys opinion on a couple of things, first the use of sponsors, also the creators putting major brands on the uniforms like Bandai, Pepsi Next, USTREAM etc (personally i like the use of sponsors on the show), Second i feel the show has a little bit of a western feel, do you guys think people who read comics but dont know about anime would like the show? Would love to hear your review of it, thanks for the podcast keep up the good work

  3. June 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    The Spidey OGN is in continuity and takes place before ASM #700. This is second in the new line of Marvel’s in continuity OGN’s, can’t wait for Avengers: Endless Wartime. With Robinson and Waid writing I’ll more than likely be getting this.

  4. June 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm — Reply

    Kudos for the Dead Milkmen reference Matthew.

  5. kevinnametaken
    June 21, 2013 at 12:01 am — Reply

    Not really a comment on the episode, but I just wanted to say that even though I’ve never bought and read a comic book before in my life, I can’t help but tune in every week to listen to you guys chatter, it’s just too entertaining!

  6. June 24, 2013 at 11:29 am — Reply

    For Mattew and others like myself that care about such things…

    Hasbro has renewed trademarks for ROM both in 2010 and 2012 for toys, comics and games. There has been no word that Hasbro is actually going to do anything with the character. Given Hasbro’s relationship with IDW, I wouldn’t be surprised to see something happen over there with ROM. I’d be happy to see that bat at the same time it would be disaapointing as a long time fan of Marvel’s ROM run and how the intertwined that charcater into the 616.

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