This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: A visit to the Airtight Garage, Batman #24, The Avengers A.I. Rocket Girl #1, and Kiss Me Satan #2. Plus, the fight to end all fights featuring some of Doctor Who’s greatest villains.

New York Comic Con Talk

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo, Danny Miki
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $6.99
Zero Year Part Four! In this amazing, double-sized issue, Batman is on the trail of the Red Hood Gang and their mysterious leader, secret origins are revealed, and a major surprise will change the course of Zero Year and Batman’s life!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Avengers AI #4
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Andre Lima Arqujo
With the Vision M.I.A., and A.I. considered a global threat, what’s a robot to do?
• Teaming up with S.H.I.E.L.D. the Avengers track down cyberterrorist Dimitrios’ signal and prepare to take him out…
• Query: It couldn’t really be that easy, could it?
• Response: No.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Kiss Me Satan #2
After an attack from a vampire maid, Barnabus Black and the witches flee their hiding spot in a cheap Big Easy motel. Barnabus says he knows a safe place, and as they cross the historic Garden District Cemetery, zombies erupt from their graves and attack the group. A new hit man arrives who is known as THE BONE WRANGLER, and his power is control of the undead.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rocket GIrl #1
Writer: Brandon Montclare
Artist: Amy Reeder
A teenage cop from a high-tech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City.  Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time.  As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the “future” she calls home – an alternate reality version of 2013 – shouldn’t exist at all!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
As the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who approaches, it is time to sit back and think about the best and worst villains of all time. While we can come up with lists (because everyone loves a list), it’s much more fun to have the baddies get in the ring in a no holds barred battle for galactic dominance.
Who would win in a fight to the death?
Will you attend a comic book convention between October 01, 2013 and December 31, 2013?
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Mobius 3: The Airtight Garage
The Airtight Garage (French: Le Garage Hermétique or, in its earliest serialised form, Le Garage Hermétique de Jerry Cornelius) is a lengthy comic strip work by the artist and writer Moebius (real name Jean Giraud). It first appeared in discrete two-to-four-page episodes, in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Metal Hurlant between 1976 and 1980, and later in the American version of the same magazine, Heavy Metal, starting in 1977. It was subsequently collected as a graphic novel in various editions.

Mobius has explained that the story was improvised in a deliberately whimsical or capricious manner. For this reason, the story is at times (deliberately) confusing. The “garage” itself is actually an asteroid in the constellation Leo which houses a pocket universe. Major Grubert orbits the asteroid in his spaceship Ciguri, from which he oversees the development of the worlds contained within. Several entities, including Jerry Cornelius, seek to invade the garage.

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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. October 16, 2013 at 6:41 am — Reply

    Yeesh, went to look for this. New from $99.97… Used from $90.00… Ok, time to look somewhere else. Ok, ebay has it for $20.

    I haven’t read the Airtight Garage, but I did read the Humanoids and The Gardens of Aedena. I feel like Moebius’ work is definitely inaccessible to the casual reader. It is rife with non sequiturs, and reads like a sequential-artistic version of a writer’s stream of consciousness notebook.

    I agree with Matthew in that anyone who is seriously into sequential art owes it to themselves to give this at least one, but hopefully more than one chance. I don’t think it is best consumed in a binge session, but rather explored in small doses when you need a break from the ordinary. Sometimes it takes more than one crack at something new before it clicks and you can appreciate the delightful absurdity contained in works like this. It’s hard not to sound like an elitist / douchebag when you say that this isn’t for everyone and that some people definitely won’t ‘get’ it, but that in no way detracts from its artistic merit.

    I think the panel this week pretty accurately showed the spectrum of reader response to work like this. Reminds me of this Penny-Arcade comic:

    Reading Moebius reminds me of reading Andrei Molotiu’s Abstract Comics anthology… or going to Emily Carr here in Vancouver when the senior projects are on display. I might not understand it, but it at least makes me think.

    But hey, what do I know? Maybe I’ve had too many sandwiches.

    • October 16, 2013 at 9:20 am — Reply

      Ugh, what a pretentious reply. I can be such a long-winded jackass sometimes.

      tl,dr: Give it a read, if you don’t like it then come back to it later. If you still don’t like it, that’s cool too.

      • October 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm — Reply

        I enjoyed the reply. If you’ve listened to Zach on Film you’ve heard us be plenty pretentious.

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