This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Controversy at DC, Hellboy, and a rapid-fire review of new comics.

DC Wants You to Draw Harley Quinn

Kings Watch #1
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Marc Laming
Panic spreads across the world. Strange phenomena fills the skies. Millions have nightmares of wild lands filled with horrible creatures… then wake to find the monsters are real. What are three men willing to sacrifice to save us all? Superstar writer Jeff Parker (Dark Avengers, Red She-Hulk) and artist Marc Laming (Planet of the Apes) deliver the earth-crushing event of 2013, featuring Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician like you’ve never seen them!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Trevor Hairsine
Across ten millennia and a thousand battlefields, Gilad Anni-Padda has traversed the darkest, most mysterious corners of history. But the horror and bloodshed of constant warfare has finally taken its toll on the man myth calls the Eternal Warrior…and he has abdicated his duties as the Fist and the Steel of Earth for a quiet life of seclusion. But when a blood vendetta from the distant past suddenly reappears in the modern day, he must decide if he will return to the ways of war…for the child who betrayed him thousands of years ago…

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Cassian Steele is the boss of the werewolf mafia in the Big Easy, and he’s got a problem. The old witch Verona knows his secret and has gone into hiding. Cassian wants her dead. So he sends out the word: An open contract. The first monster to dust Verona gets a big payday. What no one realizes is that Barnabus Black, a demon desperately trying to regain his halo, is her protection.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Jeff Lemire
In the heart of the Amazon jungle, Nika, a scientist from the year 3797, and William, an explorer from 1921, struggle not only to survive but to make sense of the mind-bending events that have pulled them together across space and time. The mysteries continue to pile up as Vertigo’s new sci-fi epic launches into high gear.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
Last week, DC Comics kicked off Villains Month and the Forever Evil event with a series of lenticular covers. Obviously it’s a marketing gimmick that ups the cover price, shines the spotlight on the company, and hopefully gets the reader to pick up the book and buy it.  But are you impressed with results?
Are you impressed with the end result of DC’s 3D “moving” covers?

Are you impressed with the end result of DC's 3D "moving" covers?

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Hellboy Volume 03: The Chained Coffin and Others (Hellboy Library Volume 2)
Mike Mignola’s story notes accompany the long out-of-print stories, giving insight into their creation and inspiration. Some consider Mignola’s short stories better than the full-length novels, and this collection makes a strong argument for that, especially with Mignola’s masterpiece, “The Corpse.”

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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. September 11, 2013 at 2:22 am — Reply

    Stephen, with regards to your discussion about DC, I think you strike at Hanlon’s Razor

    “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

  2. September 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm — Reply

    Thanks for reviewing yet another big Mignolaverse book guys! Can’t get enough of this wonderful stuff.

    If you haven’t become a monthly donor please do. It’s well worth the entertainment these guys bring us.

  3. September 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm — Reply

    I do not really have an option on the DC issue (I have no talent for art) but the discussion makes me miss the Saturday podcast. You guys have the best in-depth conversations!!

    • September 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm — Reply

      It’s all just a time factor at this point. If we had more free time we could bring back the second MSP each week, as well as start up Finally Friday.

      • September 12, 2013 at 5:38 am — Reply

        Then I will not have any more free time, I’m still trying to listen to all the old MSP’s so I am still getting my fix. Listening to issue 202 (May of 2010) now, it was right after the server crash.

  4. Kirby
    September 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm — Reply

    I think this is probably one of the better reactions to the controversy, by showing all sides, even if some are through devil’s advocate, and not just ranting and raving.

  5. September 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    The Harley Quinn thing…keep in mind that this a character that originated in children’s cartoon series, that my biggest beef with it all. I don’t care for what DC has turned Harley into and I don’t care for what Marvel has turned Deadpool into. I liked Deadpool better when he was just a badass mouthy merc without the voices and suicidal tendencies.

  6. September 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm — Reply

    Acting as devil’s advocate, here, why is it that Stephen always responds to controversy by mocking fans that are upset? Not saying I’m on a side or anything, but I’m just asking the question. Why would someone be so condescending to people who are upset about something? Again, not taking sides, here.

    Also, after years of listening to the same thing happen again and again–where Stephen brings up topics just to inflate his own tortured ego, and brings up controversy just to show how he must always be the voice of reason–I wanted to bring this up just to show another point of view.

    I’ve seen others (like Rodrigo) who seem more egalitarian about their judgments, and present both sides of an issue without sounding like a nerdy, hipster, condescending dick. And I just was wondering why others could not.

    Again, not taking sides. Just asking the question.

    • September 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm — Reply

      That’s a good question. And here’s the answer. The topic was Rodrigo’s idea, and since I knew what the view was of the others, I simply presented information from other sources. That is all. I also pointed people to some really great articles at other sites who took issue with Harley and DC.

      Thanks for your comments!

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