This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast – Milo Manara, Doctor Who, Action Comics #1 sells, Grendel vs. The Shadow #1, Brain Boy – The Men from Gestalt #4, Legend of Korra, Let’s Be Cops, and a discussion on the worst comic book to movie adaptation ever.

Doctor Who reaction to “Season 8”

Action Comics #1 sells for $3.2 million

Writer: Matt Wagner
Artist: Matt Wagner
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Sparks fly and bullets blaze when the original Grendel, Hunter Rose, is transported to 1930s New York and faces off with the original dark-night avenger, the Shadow! Two pulp-noir icons go head to head in this three-issue prestige-format series written and drawn by legendary Grendel creator Matt Wagner.

Rating: ★★★★½

Brain Boy – The Men from Gestalt #4
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Freddie Williams II
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
The president is in danger! The White House is under siege!

Brain Boy and his handler, the deadly secret agent known as Faraday, are locked in a psychic battle. But which one is trying to save the leader of the free world, and which one is trying to kill him? Which one of them is a pawn of the mysterious Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T.? This turbulent climax will extend your cerebral cortex to its very limits.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Legend of Kora – Venom of the Red Lotus
The Red Lotus administer a metallic poison to Korra in order to force her into the Avatar State and then kill her, which would end the cycle of the Avatar’s rebirth. However, in her wrath, she overpowers her captors and fights Zaheer in the skies. Meanwhile, her friends find and rescue the airbenders. After Mako electrocutes Ming-Hua, he and Bolin narrowly escape Ghazan collapsing the Red Lotus’s lair on top of himself. As Korra is about to succumb to the poison, Jinora leads the airbenders to pull Zaheer out of the sky with an air vortex. He is captured, and Suyin bends the poison out of Korra. Two weeks later, in Republic City, a weakened, wheelchair-bound Korra watches as Tenzin anoints Jinora an airbending master. He rededicates the Air Nomads to a nomadic life of service to the world, following Korra’s example.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Let’s Be Cops
Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week: BIFF BANG POW FIGHT
Everyone seems to like the fight to the death matches that appear on the Major Spoilers Poll of the Week, and this week we are giving you what you want!

Who would win in a fight – Black Lightning or Electro?

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week: BIFF! BANG! POW! FIGHT!


DISCUSSION: Cat Halo writes in with questions for the hosts, and asks them to ponder the worst comic book movie adaptation.

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  1. Worst comic book to movie adaptation: That would be hard to choose since there are so many! But the reverse is also true. I cannot think of one single Movie to Comic Book adaptation what was worth the paper it was printed on…

  2. justanothergeek on

    I really don’t see the big deal with the cover, it’s the very definition of a non issue, that is actually a rather common Spider-Man pose, granted Spider-Woman isn’t Spider-Man but still, and in case you’re wondering yes, the spandex really to ride up Spidey’s butt, like all the time, just Google it already. Do you find the cover fanservicy? Yeah, It totally is, so what, do you think we should have a zero tolerance for that now? The argument that it’s just one alt cover is perfectly valid, since it’s one alt cover for one issue from over 70 titles marvel is publishing that month, this is the very definition of nit picking. I think the issue here is a growing mentality of zero tolerance toward any imagined offense to the female (or female friendly) fanbase, there are real issues and there are non issues, we should deal with real issues but this is a non issue, there is nothing right about legitimizing silliness. I do hope Marvel don’t address this controversy in any way, there is nothing good about appeasing this sort of behavior, we do not indulging to fanboy hate, the same should be true to fangirl hissy fits.

    • Dude, if people are genuinely offended by something then it’s a “real issue” to them whether or not you agree with that assessment — look at an issue from someone else’s perspective before you make categorical dismissals like these. No one was arguing for zero tolerance of offense, I think the whole discussion more or less revolves around the idea of “let’s not go way out of our way JUST to offend someone,” which is an absolutely valid way of looking at his issue.

      The key word is “empathy.”

      • justanothergeek on

        Being offended is not the same as feeling offended, we can’t grind to a halt just because someone feels offended people feel all sorts of weird things and take many absurd positions based on impression alone without any examination. I suppose if someone takes offense we ought to examine the situation, but we have to have take a critical examination of the facts and if it turns out there is wrong doing we deal with it accordingly, and if it turns out that there were no wrong doing we should just dismiss it. And people are absolutely arguing zero tolerance because again it’s 1 alt cover from over 70 tittles being released that month, this is actually going out of one’s way to take offense. We cannot be indulging the professional offense takers, doing so will not help anybody for they are just going to keep coming back with more and more non issues and demanding reparation. The American comics industry has already been all but ruined thanks to a moral crusade back in the 50’s, be careful that it doesn’t happen again. The key is Reason over emotion.

        • I would say that if you come in assuming that someone’s position is “absurd”, you’ve kind of tipped your hand at the beginning that you’re not willing to hear that person’s perspective…

          • justanothergeek on

            No assumptions here, I’m very particular about not making assumptions, I didn’t actually judged any particular position absurd in the beginning , I was merely pointing out that there are absurd positions out there, and just because somebody feels honestly strongly about a particular subject that doesn’t make that position valid on account of emotion, there has to be an examination of the subject.
            Actually, upon rereading I see that I missed a comma after my third “offended” in my response to
            zapfdingess, might have altered the meaning of that particular sentence. Sorry about that.

  3. Shiny_new_toys on

    Some of the comments in the Dr Who episode about the face and it looking familiar are because Peter Capaldi played the Father of the family in the Pompeii episode with David Tennant and Catherine Tate. It’s interesting to look at that character and see why the new Dr may have picked that face. (especially given in the 50th episode it was stated that the doctor can choose his faces in someway.)

    • Yup. We are aware of that, it is the fact that the Doctor is focusing on it, and that it is an older face is the bigger bit of story twist we are interested in seeing. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Interestingly enough what happened with Dragon Age during production is the exact same thing that happened with Warcraft: Humans vs Orcs. Blizzard was working on a Warhammer Fantasy Battle game for Games Workshop, and the funding/licensing fell through. So they took the assets, and wrote thier own story. If you look back at the original concept art it has a very dark Warhammer vibe to it, additionally in that first game the Orcs summon “Chaos Deamons” straight out of WH. Obvious over the course of WC 2, WC3, and WoW they have greatly expanded and retconned thier universe into it’s own property, but that doesn’t change the fact that Warcraft 1 was just Warhammer with the serial numbers scratched off and painted over to salvage a dying product.

  5. The Gamers and The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising from Dead Gentlemen Productions (both viewable on you tube) are, in my opinion, the perfect template of what a D&D movie should be. They are somewhat limited by their tragicly low budget, but they perfectly represent the shenanigans involved in a D&D game, what D&D means to it’s players. The use of parallel story telling and having the events of the game world reflect what is going on in the real world has lots of potential for a big budget film to mine.

    • Bill the Seeker on

      Well said, Nathan. “Dorkness Rising” was awesome and well loved by those who love D&D. I don’t know if that style of movie would appeal to the general audiences.

  6. Bill the Seeker on

    Great show, guys. I laughed, I cried, it was better than cats.

    Worst comic to movie adaptation: Star Wars. They cut out Jax completely! I mean COME ON people!

    To me the Spider Woman cover in question is more jarring. it’s not bad art but the person does not match the background perfectly. Honestly to me it looks traced.

    Several times Stephen mentions that he thinks a Drizzt movie would be the best choice for a “D&D movie”. Every times I heard Shirley from community in my head, “So we just gonna ignore that hate crime, huh?”

    I honestly think that a lot more non geeks will go to a movie that does NOT have the “Dungeons and Dragons” name on it. If you make it, for example “Curse of the Azure bonds, a Forgotten Realms story” or “Dark Sun; End of times” it would clue people that love D&D that it was tied but non gamers would not associate it with the previous poor movies OR with Tom Hanks going insane or Satanists playing in the steam tunnels.

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