This week, Stephen gushes about The Flash, Afterlife with Archie #7, Krypton to SyFy, Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange, Preacher gets a pilot order, Mark Hamill is The Trickster… again. Plus Gotham Academy #3, Vampirella, and Comet!

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Krypton series for SyFy
Doctor Strange actor hired
AMC Green Lights Preacher Pilot
Mark Hamill returns as The Trickster

Afterlife with Archie #7 – (W) Roberto Aguirre Sacasa (A) Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli (CA) Francesco Francavilla
“Betty, RIP,” Part 1 (of 6). It’s been weeks since Archie and his friends left Riverdale. Now, they are wandering the deserted highways of America, one step ahead of the ever-pursuing vicious zombie horde. When they decide to set down roots to observe their first post-apocalypse Thanksgiving, Mr. Lodge leads a team into the forests of Pennsylvania to find dinner, but the hunters soon become the hunted, and not all of the gang will make it out of the woods alive! For TEEN+ readers.

Rating: ★★★★★

Art and cover by KARL KERSCHL
1:25 Variant cover by BECKY CLOONAN
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

If you thought getting detention was a pain, just wait till you see detention Gotham Academy-style!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Vampirella: Feary Tales #3 – Writer: Nancy A. Collins, Elaine Lee, Joe R. Lansdale
Art: Jack Jadson, Eman Casallos, Elmo Eklabuz Vampirella is still trapped inside the nightmarish netherworld of the Feary Tales book, tormented by the disembodied voice of the mysterious Storyteller, and her only hope of escaping is if she can survive the ghoulish mix-ups of familiar nursery tales until she reaches the last story. But first she must weather Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing) and Denis St. John’s (Monster Pie) macabre re-imagining of the classic Betty Boop version of “Snow White”, then help track down a little missing mermaid in Gail Simone’s (Red Sonja) “Thirsty, Thirsty Town”.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Comet Set in a parallel universe, Comet bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely but perfectly paired couple’s six-year relationship. Director: Sam Esmail Writer: Sam Esmail

Rating: ★★★★½

Who does Stephen love more, The Flash, or The Batman?

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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. I will agree with Stephen about all the things that made Wally West’s Flash enjoyable and unique. Friends with reformed villains Chunk & Pied Piper; a tag-and-play relationship with the the Rogue’s gallery; a twenty-something lifestyle with a super-hero skin. However, almost all these things he cites as “Waid’s Flash” but they were indeed NOT Waid at all, rather they were the work of William Messner-Loebs.

    While Waid certainly made contributions to the popularity of the Flash series, his main achievements lie in other forms. He replaced the diverse supporting cast of reformed supervillains, etc. and with every super-speedster in DC’s library, turning the book into an super-hero legacy tale. He invented the “Speed Force” and took away all clear definitions of Wally’s powers and capabilities and made them as powerful (or occasionally as weak) as was convenient for the plot.

    So, yes, Waid’s run on the Flash is iconic and significant in the history of the book, but it’s Messner-Loebs’ work on the book that gave Wally West the human character that defines his approachable personality.

  2. I’m looking forward to Kyrpton. I understand Mathew’s point about it but ScyFy, at least in the past, has had some incredible shows. And if this helps them get back to that and away from the Z rated movies for a bit, all the better.

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