This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Akira, Tetsuo, and Roy… Necessary Evil in DC Comics, Steven Universe, and Teen Titans. So many cool things to talk about!

NEWS
CW Working on Hourman Television series
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REVIEWS
STEPHEN
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics
The feature-length documentary explores the thin line between right and wrong, the nature of evil and how super-villains can reflect society’s dark side as well as our own personal fears. It also attempts to uncover the reasons why comic book fans are so fascinated by the very characters they hope to see defeated. The film focuses on DC Comics’ most terrifying villains, including The Joker, Lex Luthor, Bane, Black Adam, Black Manta, Catwoman, Darkseid, Deathstroke, Doomsday, General Zod, Sinestro, the Suicide Squad, and others.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

MATTHEW
Teen Titans Annual #2
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Angel Unzueta, Art Thibert
Leading into next month’s landmark issue #25, the Teen Titans continue their trip through time as the team must confront Jon Lane Kent, the Superboy of the future, who could one day wipe out the most powerful heroes on Earth. Can the Titan’s Superboy defeat the man he was cloned from by Harvest?

Rating: ★★★½☆

RODRIGO
Steven Universe
Steven Universe is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, a chubby and happy-go-lucky boy and the youngest member of an intergalactic team of warriors called the Crystal Gems. Together, the Crystal Gems fight and protect the Universe, while Steven strums up a cheesy tune on his ukulele.

Rating: ★★★★½

ZACH
Superman #24
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
“Psi War” comes to a shocking conclusion as one of the people closest to Superman becomes a casualty—and then, cometh the Oracle to tell Superman that Krypton lives once more!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
Time once again to throw out a battle of epic proportions, and see who comes out victorious! This week, the Doctor Who Villain Battle continues with the big brains taking on each other in a no holds barred battle for control of the universe!

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Discussion:
AKIRA

Welcome to Neo-Tokyo, built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, making him a target for a shadowy agency that will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like the one that leveled Tokyo. At the core of the agency’s motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as Akira.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s stunning science fiction masterpiece is considered by many to be the finest work of graphic fiction ever produced, and Otomo’s brilliant animated film version is regarded worldwide as a classic.

This edition includes a new foreword from the author and a postscript from Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson!

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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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5 Comments

  1. November 6, 2013 at 10:19 am — Reply

    I’m so sorry I didn’t call in for this show. I planed to get the reading done on the weekend, but life happened.

    Akira was a major part of my adolescence. Like most people, I started out with the animated movie. I think I have easily watched it over 50 times.

    I was lucky enough to hunt down a complete run of the Epic Comics colorized run of comics. It remains one of the crown jewels of my collection.
    Like Stephen, I read a lot of these issues out of order as it took about 2 years for me to track down all of the issues.

    I can not recommend Akira enough for anyone who is a fan of manga, sci-fi, horror or political intrigue. There is so much going on plot-wise in this series. Each character really has their own voice and their desires really come into conflict as the plot develops. Backstabs abound as we move past the middle part of the story.

    The movie adaptation of Akira premiered as the colorized comic was ending its publication run. I remember reading some interviews with Katsuhiro Otomo in the back of some of the issues.
    He said he intended the movie to be a digest-version of the comic story and wanted it to serve as an appetizer for new audiences and hopefully draw them into the comic. It definitely worked in my case.

    Thanks so much for the great episode. I think its time to drag out my Akira short box and go through this story again.
    Can’t wait for volume 2 next year!

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  2. November 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    Hey Steven,

    If you enjoyed “Akira”, you should check out “Batman: Child of Dreams”. This is Batman manga done right.

    http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Child-Dreams-Kia-Asamiya/dp/156389906X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1383856907&sr=8-4&keywords=batman+dream

  3. Cero
    November 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm — Reply

    So, I just watched the movie about an our ago and while it was my friend and I cracked jokes at it I was still very impressed with the animation quality and story. Though with the story I wasn’t sure what was going on alf the time, it was really good.

    When it was done, my friend and I sat back, looked at each other and asked what went on in the movie? I might just try to track down the manga for it all.

  4. November 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm — Reply

    Actually, the last Hourman – Rick Tyler – did have random visions of the future, in addition to super-powers from Miraclo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hourman_(Rick_Tyler)

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