This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Frozen warms the heart, Sleeper gets mixed results, and DC may be looking to make inexpensive superhero flicks.

DC to Deliver Low-Budget Superhero Movies

Studio: Disney
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Rating: ★★★★½

Hawkeye #14
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Annie Wu
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $2.99
THAT THING THAT HAPPENED TO KATE IN THE ANNUAL IS TOTALLY FOLLOWED UP ON!This one has it all! Characters! Plot! Story! Dialogue! Theme! Meaning! Message! Action! A little exposition! Fire! Arrows! Criminals! Neighbors! Large bodies of water! Clients! Cops who don’t care! A system that victimizes the victims! The dog!In a broken town where cynicism and apathy has its claws around the throat of the good and decent, LADY HAWKEYE is the only hero you can trust!

Rating: ★★★★½

Damsels #11
Writer: Leah Moore and John Reppion
Artist: Aneke
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Aided by the magic of the Green Knight, the depleted and exhausted compact armies galumph their way through the tulgy mire-lands towards the next step of their journey. Queen Talia has concerns about the Kings’ plans, but soon her own judgment is called into question. Meanwhile, Rapa, Heinrich and their band of merry women find themselves the unwitting folk-heroes of a backwoods hamlet.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Black Science #1
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Matteo Scalera, Dean White
Publisher: image Comics
Cover Price: $3.50
Grant McKay, former member of The Anarchistic Order of Scientists, has finally done the impossible: He has deciphered Black Science and punched through the barriers of reality. But what lies beyond the veil is not epiphany, but chaos. Now Grant and his team are lost, living ghosts shipwrecked on an infinite ocean of alien worlds, barreling through the long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable dark realms. The only way is forward. The only question is how far are they willing to go, and how much can they endure, to get home again? Join writer RICK REMENDER and the superstar art team of MATTEO SCALERA & DEAN WHITE for this face-melting science fiction epic spanning the lifetimes of a cast of dimensional castaways lead by the man who caused it all.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sleeper: Season 1

SLEEPER is the critically acclaimed graphic novel series written Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Philips, the Eisner Award winning creative team of Criminal, which tells the story of agent Holden Carver and the secret criminal organization he becomes enmeshed with. Carver is forced to live one day at a time in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse he plays with its leader, Tao, the amoral master of manipulation trying to elude detection since he has no way back in from the cold.

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  1. December 4, 2013 at 7:05 am — Reply

    Another great podcast guys! Thanks :)

    My doctor’s office has a library next to it, and I read the first volume of Sleeper while waiting for my appointment one day. I really liked it, but for some reason just couldn’t get into the second volume. This was a few years ago, and I must be getting old because I always mix up Sleeper with Incognito. Brubaker and Phillips stories blending together in my brain.

    Minor stuff, Zach gave Black Science 3 slices of meatloaf, not 4.

  2. Ray
    December 5, 2013 at 10:07 am — Reply

    I just wanted to add a point on the “low Budget” DC movie angle. $40 million is by no means a “low Budget” production… Being a Unionized Film Technician, who’s pay scale is based on the film’s budget, I only WISH $40 Million was what we can consider a Low budget… God that would be awesome… In my neck of the Canadian woods, we routinely produce very high quality film and television for $10 Million, $5 Million, and even $1 Million. granted it is not heavily graphic oriented (We kinda focus on acting and locations, not CGI), but the notion that a $40 Million production is Low is really a jaded perspective.

    Stephen is correct, however that you can severely under cut on CGI effects and animations. Last time I heard, and this was a few years back. Animators and CGI teams were NOT covered under any of the film Unions (IATSE, DGA/DGC or SAG AFTRA/ACTRA). This means they have no set rates for their services. This maybe outdated now, I certainly hope it is. but I recall this being mentioned as being a separate and distinct problem during the writers strike a few years back.

    • December 5, 2013 at 11:45 am — Reply

      This came to light again during the last OSCAR award season when the visual effects company who did Life of Pi went bankrupt because they underpriced themselves too often.

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