In this episode of the Major Spoilers Podcast we talk the new Fantastic Four trailer, why adaptations bother us, and do we, as fans WANT to hate things we are fans of? Plus, The Dying and the Dead #1, Powers #1, Justice, Inc. #6, and a video game review of Armello.

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Justice, Inc. #6
Michael Uslan (w)
Giovanni Timpano (a)
Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla, Gabriel Hardman, Ardian Syaf (c)
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Out of tragedy, a hero is born! Richard Henry Benson must make the hardest choices imaginable, as he tracks down his family’s murderers one by one. Who shall live and who must die? In a shaky alliance with The Shadow, who deems himself judge, jury and executioner, and Doc Savage, who wishes only to serve mankind, The Avenger must finally declare his own ideology and methodology. Will justice be served… or will the malevolent John Sunlight and The Voodoo Master prevail?

Rating: ★★★★☆

Powers (2015-) #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Publisher: Marvel Icon
Release Date: January 21, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Just in time for the debut of the long-awaited POWERS TV show comes this brand-new number one, a perfect jumping-on point for fans new and old! The Eisner Award-winning POWERS tells the story of homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are assigned cases specifically involving powers. If a superhero falls dead from the sky or a super villain is found dead in the gutter, it’s up to Walker and Pilgrim to solve the case. But having barely survived the most harrowing case of their careers and discovering government corruption of the highest level, Walker and Pilgrim are now faced with the most difficult decision they’ve ever had to make. Plus, the discovery of a power no one has ever seen before!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Armello – The King, once Armello’s wise and benevolent ruler, has fallen ill to
a dark and mysterious force known only as the Rot. Slowly eating his
body and soul, the Rot twists him deeper and deeper into madness. In
response, Armello’s Great Clans have called forth their Heroes to claim
the throne of Armello; and this is where you start your adventure, Hero. As
a ‘Hero’ from one of the Great Clans of Armello, you’ll quest, scheme,
explore, vanquish monsters, perform the Mad King’s royal edicts and face
off against other players with one ultimate end goal in mind — storming
the palace and becoming king or queen of Armello!Will you gain followers, powerful treasures and hone your martial skills to challenge the King in combat and take his throne?Will you seek the healing powers of the Spirit Stones and quest across the kingdom facing Perils and danger?Will you defend the King and position yourself politically to be named his successor when he finally falls to the Rot?Or will you succumb to the Rot yourself, leave horror in your wake and claim the throne in the name of darkness?

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Dying and The Dead #1
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Ryan Bodenheim
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $4.50

A murder at a wedding reveals a fifty year-old secret. At great cost, a man with a dying wife is given the opportunity to save her. A lost tribe is reborn in another time. Seemingly disparate events that force relics from the Greatest Generation to come together for one last hurrah.
Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and fan-favorite artist RYAN BODENHEIM, THE DYING AND THE DEAD is high adventure meets end-of-life care.
It’s Indiana Jones for Old Peopl
e. There are no fedoras, only bedpans.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
I’m sure we would all love to visit the Baxter Building, or spend your vacation time on the JLA satellite, but what about owning some of the most popular properties? Silvergray sent us that question to ponder this week.

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Side characters that become more popular than the main characters.

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  1. I have to admit to being really underwhelmed by the FF trailer and the Ghostbusters’ casting just seems so misguided and horrible. Time will tell I guess, I’m too old now to flip tables over most things, I just don’t go to things that don’t interest me.

    The Wrestler is a fantastic film, can’t recommend that enough.

  2. As someone who has only played Wind Waker from the Legend of Zelda canon, I appreciated Rodrigo using characters from that series in his example about popular side characters.

  3. The majority of people do not hate on pop culture merely to hate on them. It’s born out of frustration of poor quality or the theme of the project being lost in interpretation. Compounded by people who love the pop culture in question because they have no background on the theme and tone that’s supposed to be part of the property. Trust me, the pessimists are just as frustrated as the optimists are at each other. Case in point, the FF trailer. The themes of the Fantastic Four are family and celebrity. None of that is on display here, and frankly it wasn’t done well in Ultimate FF which was one of the least popular Ultimate titles and will be erased by Marvel this summer. The tone we got was Abrams/Nolan mystery/heaviness which isn’t the tone most consistent with the property. You then get the sense the people behind it “don’t get it” and you voice your frustration.

  4. Im exited for the new FF movie. I don’t want to se the same old – same old again so a sort of Ultimate FF movie would be great.
    Btw I really liked the Silver Surfer FF movie from 2007. In some ways i think it was ahead of its time. They made a more siverage’y, light and fun movie when we were all looking forward to Dark Knight.
    I think it would get a better reception if they had released it today?

  5. My top side characters that became more popular than the main characters: Timon & Pumba from the Lion King, The Minions from Despicable Me, The Penguins from Madacascar

  6. I think the biggest issue that many people (not all) have with adaptations is the fact that when you look at something like FF, you have over seventy years of stories. There is a long history of arrogance by hollywood where they decide that they know how to compose a better story by committee than has been created at some point in over 7 decades of some of the greatest storytellers ever putting their pen to task.

    Now the FF movie I don’t think will suffer from that. I think it’s REALLY heavy towards the Ultimate version (I was sold on that when they showed Reed zapping a toy car into the negative zone) which is a good thing. I don’t think many people are familiar with it, because even among comic readers, Ultimate Fantastic Four wasn’t hugely popular (not on the level of Ultimate Spider-Man or even The Ultimates). Regardless, my fear in this movie has nothing to do with that. My fear stems from this studio repeatedly showing they have no fucking idea how to make a good film. Fool me once…

    Also, I was kind of hoping for Annihilus as well.

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