This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast – Quitting you is so hard to do! Korra Book 4, Dr. Tina McGee, Criminal Macabre, Hawkeye, and Betty and Veronica are leaving, too!

Dr. Tina McGee to appear in The Flash

Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1
Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Christopher Mitten
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Cal’s changed . . . and maybe not for the better. Locked away and drowning himself with booze and aspirin, Cal feels the evil consuming him. Will he be able to withstand its pull or will he become the monster war’s greatest weapon of destruction?

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Hawkeye #20
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Annie Wu
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99

Rating: ★★★½☆

Betty and Veronica #272
Writer: Michael Uslan
Artist: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Publisher: Archie Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Farewell … Betty & Veronica?!  The time has come for Riverdale to say goodbye to two of America’s most beloved teens! How will their friends, family, and especially Archie cope?  How will Betty & Veronica handle life when they’re separated from everyone and everything they’ve ever known? Find out what happens in the groundbreaking and tear-jerking “The Beginning of the End…”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Wild’s End #1
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: I. N. J. Culbard
Publisher: BOOM! Studios

We love smart takes on classic science-fiction mythos and who better to take advantage of the iconography of H.G. Wells and War of the Worlds than Dan Abnett, one of comics’ most renowned sci-fi writers and one of creators responsible for the groundbreaking run on Guardians of the Galaxy that inspired the upcoming Marvel movie. Paired with I.N.J. Culbard who has made a name for himself with the critically acclaimed adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, it’s a team perfectly built for the visually impactful adventure stories readers love.

Inspired by the sci-fi aesthetic of War of the Worlds and the anthropomorphic characters of Blacksad and Mouse Guard, readers will be blown away by Culbard’s art while fans of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Cornetto Trilogy (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, WORLD’S END) will fall in love with Clive, Peter, and Gilbert as they try to survive an alien invasion.

When a rural English community of the 1930s is the victim of an alien invasion, the residents’ lives are upended by the harsh realities of life-and-death violence. Led by the town’s outsider and retired war veteran, they will have to rally together to uncover the secret of their invaders and ultimately fight back.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week: Crash, Boom, Pow!
Who doesn’t love a good fight between two titans of the comic page? We spend hours thinking about it, but rarely do we get to geek out with our fellow four color fans over fantasy fights. That’s why we present the Major Spoilers Poll of the Week every Tuesday, and why we want you to get involved in our little weekly dose of make believe and what if.

This week, it’s the Faucet City Whiz Kid taking on his thinly veiled alter ego, Miracleman! Two enter the Rock of Eternity, one to shout, “SHAZAM!” the other to screen “KIMOTA!” Who will emerge victorious in this battle of the Silver Age?

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Major Spoilers Poll of the Week: Crash, Boom, Pow!

DISCUSSION: Sad-Leaving Comics

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  1. Unfortunately I think Rodrigo is closer to right than Stephen.

    Nick’s handling of this season of Korra appears more like bungling than online strategic planning. That being said, Nick doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and their networks are owned by Viacom, a huge media network that owns all the MTV stuff, Comedy Central, BET’s Networks, so if any of those nets are moving their properties online in a similar manner, that might lend credence to Stephen’s theory.n Viacom WOULD have the resources to launch a Netflix/Amazon type initiative. Of course you could both be right, Nick soured on Korra, AND decided to use it as a canary in a coal mine to test some streaming ideas.

  2. Stephen is thinking about the BBC adaptation of The Tripods trilogy, written by John Christopher. The BBC managed to adapt the first two novels before abandoning the series.

    I highly recommend John Christopher to everyone – along with John Wyndham, he was a writer of a number of wonderful apocalyptic novels – books like the Death of Grass and The World in Winter are excellent examples of British sci-fi apocalytpic fiction from 50s-70s.

  3. Very interesting letter put in for the episode today. I have often felt like the writer did, that my heroes had let me down. I have always loved Superman since I was young and watching Lois & Clark with my parents. Superman would always do what was right no matter what. That love grew when I saw him in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. That series explained very clearly why Superman cannot start down any kind of a bad path. He has too much power and it would be too easy to slip into bad guy territory. I loved all of that. When I watched the most recent Superman movie, I pretty much new what was coming early on. When he gives up and breaks Zod’s neck it ceases to be Superman for me. Superman is not a suit or a set of powers. He is a character with a moral code and the stomach to back it up. I hope that the movie going to do something with this and use his anguish over it to make him a better person who stands up and does what is right like my guy on Justice League, but, for now, that movie is not in my canon of who Superman is. My DC Universe is not ugly like the comics portray because the world is not that way. There is plenty of evil everywhere, but by being forthright and standing for what is right, not out of anger but out of love, we can defeat it. Then we can make a snappy comment and go have a picnic with our gorgeous wife who, by the way, we are also faithful to, because that is also possible in the real world.

  4. This episode could not have come at a more perfect time for me. I haven’t really cared for the direction that Doctor Who has taken since Steven Moffat took over as show runner. I’ve hung on throughout Matt Smith’s tenure in the hope that I would rediscover what attracted me to the show in the first place, but I have unfortunately gotten to the point where I’m actively frustrated whenever I watch. I want to give Peter Capaldi a chance but, if series 8 doesn’t pull me back in, I might have to put it down for a while.

    This is why I listen to Major Spoilers. You guys bring up the nerd issues that I don’t hear anyone else talking about. Keep the interesting discussions coming guys!

    • Capaldi and Coleman are the only reason to be watching Doctor Who at the moment. The writing is, as usual, sub-par, with only Listen raising series 8 so far from average to okay. (Hint to Moffat – write more stories like these, abandon your ridiculous arc plotting, and get someone else in to help with the showrunning duties!)

  5. I want to take issue with some of the things said in the “Sad-quitting” comics discussion. I do not believe that editorial direction(even heavy-handed direction) in and of itself is a bad thing. Civil War got me into comics. Having the event as a background allowed me to jump into a character’s book who I knew nothing about and be able to follow the story (Blackest Night did the same thing for me on the DC side of things). Also, you argued that classic runs over the last few years have been about characters nobody cared about. However, you forgot runs like Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man (launched to feel like it was in Movie Continuity), and Dan Slott and Christos Gage’s Avengers: The Initiative (The Secret Invasion Tie-Ins were even better than the main Secret Invasion Book). Not to mention the fact that One More Day (a heavy-handed editorial decision if ever there was one) paved the way for Brand New Day, Big Time, Superior, and the current run of Amazing, all of which were and are terrific.

    I did agree with quite a bit of what you guys said in the discussion, and don’t want this post to come off as entirely negative (somewhat difficult given that the topic is me disagreeing with you guys about an already negative topic). When I sad-quit books, it’s typically either after a new creative team sneaks into the book and just makes it slightly worse or after I realize I haven’t enjoyed this book for the past 6 months and there are other books that I want to read that I’m not reading. In either situation, it’s usually after I’ve had an issue or two drift to the bottom of my stack a couple months in a row.

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