This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, The Amazing Spider-Man, Ant-Man, C.O.W.L #1, Axe Cop: American Choppers #1, Beyond: Joker, Man of Laughs, The Red Panda #5, and a whole lot more!

Ant-Man exit

Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Alec Siegel
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.50/$2.99
Welcome to the “Chicago Organized Workers League”— the world’s first Super-Hero Labor Union! While C.O.W.L. once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and an unbeatable “brotherhood” of Super-Villains, the union now faces its fiercest foe yet—a disillusioned public. In targeting the last of the great villains, C.O.W.L. attempts to prove its value to the world and to each other, while staving off villainy from both outside and inside its offices.

Rating: ★★★★★

Axe Cop: American Choppers #1
Writer: Malachai Nicolle
Artist: Ethan Nicolle
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
President of the World Axe Cop reunites with Super Axe, an old friend from college, and the two of them decide to start a superteam of axe-wielding heroes to defend America, called the American Choppers. They are joined by Captain Axe, Axe Girl, Axe Woman, Axe Dog, and other axe-wielding heroes. The only problem is that there are no bad guys left, but that all changes when mysterious giant creatures attack the city!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Beyond: Joker, Man of Laughs
Writer: Valarie D’Orazio
Artist: Dan Lauer
Publisher: Bluewater Productions
COULROPHOBIA: the fear of clowns. They were meant to spread laughter, now they often spread fear. Where did ‘The Clown Curse’ come from and how has its legacy haunted everyone from serial-killers to Heath Ledger to James Holmes? Will the last laugh be on us or on them?

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

The Red Panda #5: Night of the Red Panda
Writer: Gregg Taylor
Artist: Dean Kotz
Publisher: Monkeybrain Comics
The Terrific Twosome of Toronto return with all-new two-fisted pulp adventures.! August Fenwick, one of the city’s wealthiest men, hides a secret life of adventure as his city’s mysterious champion, The Red Panda. Together with his trusty driver, Kit Baxter, who joins him in his quest as the Flying Squirrel, he fights an endless battle, that all those who serve evil shall fear the Night of the Red Panda! This issue: “One Tin Soldier part 2 of 2” The sinister Captain Clockwork stands on the verge of rebuilding his army of mechanical monsters. Can the Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel prevent another Android Apocalypse from being unleashed? Plus another serialized chapter of the prose pulp novel “Pyramid of Peril”, and a behind the scenes “villain file” on the twisted genius Marcus Bennett.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
Weekly Budget
As the move to digital comics continues, and more cool pieces of ephemera arrive in shops and online stores, the amount of money we spend on our favorite past times seems to grow and grow. Or does it? Every so often we do a spot check to see what we are spending our money on, and how much of it is going to entertainment (comics, movies, toys, games, etc.)

Major Spoilers Podcast: Weekly Budget


Discussion:Amazing Spider-Man Volume 5
Reprints: Amazing Spider-Man #41-50, Annual #3
Scripted by Stan Lee
Pencilled and Co-Plotted by John Romita, Sr.
Foreword by Stan Lee
We finally meet Mary Jane! After months of hints and failed setups, Mary Jane Watson jumps into Peter Parker’s life with a bang – leaving him unsure who he likes more, MJ or Gwen Stacy! And while Peter gets a motorcycle and his fi rst apartment with friend Harry Osborn, Spider-Man faces villains deadlier than ever! The Lizard! Kraven the Hunter! A new Vulture! The Kingpin! And introducing the Rhino and Shocker! What’s a web-slinger to do? Plus: The Avengers try to recruit Spidey by sending him after the Hulk! And weary of public mistrust, Peter decides he’ll be Spider-Man no more!
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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. Hey Stephen, the short you was thinking about must be The League by Nightwing and Batman writer Kyle Higgins.
    Its up on iTune for like 2 dollars and is real great.

    Great show :)

  2. As for the poll of the week, I only really buy music because I’m going to keep it. Or digital books for artists I want to support. All on If I really want to see a movie, I try to go to the theater in town. 5 bucks a ticket and concessions are even a decent price. Perks of small town life.
    Since I am so plugged in, everything for me is digital. I even download my tv shows from a torrent site to watch at my leisure without commercials which I hate with a passion, unless it’s a PBS program which I do watch some of where the commercials are at the beginning and I DVR to skip through them. Either way, I don’t watch many movies since I am more into scripted tv shows than anything else.

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