This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: The Doctor is in the house, we take a six week look at DC’s 52, Xbox games are played, and comics are reviewed.

The Night of the Doctor Mini-Episode (with Spoilers)

LEGO Space
Building the Future
Writers: Peter Reid, Tim Goddard
This stunning hardcover book features custom models of sleek starships, cool robots, creepy aliens, fearsome space pirates, and much more. The latest from No Starch Press (publisher of such best sellers as Beautiful LEGO and The LEGO Adventure Book) takes readers on a fantastic voyage from Sputnik to a spacefaring civilization hundreds of years in the future. Readers will immerse themselves in photos of planets, hangars, spaceports, and moon bases as they experience a story of exploration, first contact, and sabotage.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Sex Criminals #3
Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Chip Zdarsky
Cover By: Chip Zdarsky
Price: $3.50
How did these two end up in that bank, with those guns? Because they seemed like such nice kids, right? Well, THE SEX POLICE have the same questions and descend on Susie and Jon. And we get the rest of Jon’s gory story — if you read ONE weird sex and time comedy comic this year, make sure it’s “My Sexual Errors 1998 — Present!”

Rating: ★★★★★

Ascend: Hand of Kul for X-Box Live Arcade
Wage war for your God as a brutal Caos warrior on a unique journey to Ascension. Destroy the spawn of the Titan, invade other players’ worlds, and tip the balance in the Crusade between the alliances. Ascend: Hand of Kul is a free-to-play third-person action RPG featuring innovative seamless single and multiplayer gameplay and multi-platform support.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Cataclsym: The Ultimate Comics’ Spider-Man #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
MILES MORALES learned the meaning of having great responsibility and put his costume back on after mourning the tragic death of his mother. • Now he stands to lose his entire world as a cosmic threat descends on earth. • Can SPIDER-MAN and his friends, CLOAK & DAGGER and SPIDER-WOMAN make a difference in the face of apocalypse?

Rating: ★★★★☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
Doctor Who Villain Battle – Semi-Finals
As we count down to the big Doctor Who episode this weekend, we continue our battle between the Doctor’s greatest villains. We know who won the first round of fighting, now it’s time to take those winners and have them fight it out Hunger Games style.

Who would win in a fight to the death?

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52 Volume 1

After the INFINITE CRISIS, the DC Universe spent a year without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman—a year in which those heroes were needed more than ever as the fate of the world hung in the balance.This is 52, a four-volume collection of the unprecedented, critically acclaimed weekly series of death, danger, romance, terror and the never-ending search for heroism in the DC Universe’s most eventful year ever.52 features the best and brightest writers from the comic-book field including Geoff Johns (INFINITE CRISIS), Grant Morrison (ALL STAR SUPERMAN), Greg Rucka (WONDER WOMAN) and Mark Waid (KINGDOM COME), working together to tell the tale of a world awakening from a nightmare to face a new day. 52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman…but not a year without heroes.

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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. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. Awesome podcast! The 52 Omnibus is on my list of things to obtain at some point. Does anyone on the panel have the huge omnibus? I am considering it, but I’m worried about the binding.

    One minor nit-pick… Rodrigo, much as they do not speak Mexican in Mexico, they do not speak Chinese in China. Mandarin / Cantonese are the major dialects. I do understand it is a minor thing to point out, but it is one that my Chinese friends here in Vancouver have as a major pet peeve.

    Thanks again for the podcast! Enjoy Thanksgiving next week. I will miss having the podcast to listen to during my night shift.

  2. Thanks for covering partially one of my favorite comic book stories of all time, and hopefully you’ll do more of it. Honestly with 52 the initial six issues aren’t the best. On the plus side no matter how many times I reread this, I’ll always focus on a new part, and get more out of it.

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