This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: We learn the origin of Judge Dredd in Judge Dredd: Origins! Plus, shake-ups at Marvel and DC, Toil and Trouble #1, Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra #1, ECOS #1, and more!

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Toil and Trouble #1 (of 6)
Imprint: Archaia
Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artists: Kelly & Nichole Matthews
Throw out your textbooks, this is not the Macbeth you remember. Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade) and artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews have reinvented Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, but this time the power is in the hands of the three witches. These ladies aren’t all “double, double, toil and trouble.” They’re the power controlling kings and the fate of Scotland.
What It Is: The three fates—Riata, Cait, and Smertae—have always been guiding and protecting Scotland unseen, indirectly controlling the line of kings according to the old religion. When there is a disagreement in the sisterhood, Riata and Smertae will use men as pawns, and Smertae will direct Macbeth to a crown he was never meant to have.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra #1
Writer: David Mandel
Artist: Michael Walsh
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $3.99
Hey there, comic reader! Have you ever wondered what Hydra agents do during their downtime? No? Well…then, uh, go read HAIL HYDRA. For everyone else with a burning desire to see a Hydra agent letting it all hang out, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! BE THRILLED as Hank picks up his kids from school! BE AMAZED as Hank talks with Hydra’s HR department! And BE STUPEFIED as Hank wishes he had picked a different line of work! From CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM executive producer David Mandel, Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra will have you looking at faceless henchmen in a whole new light.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Writer: Roberto Cruz
Artist: Francisco Rodríguez.
Published by Da’MaroJo Studios.
Once upon a time… There was a mighty warrior. A hero of millions and General of the great army of the Kingdom of Irinoi. With the aid of his hammer, Makinui, he defended the Kingdom, it’s people and his son.

But one day tragedy struck, a hero fell and the legend was tarnished.

Years passed and now, Jonah, the general’s son is on a quest to seek justice with the aid of his friends and his guardian, a big warrior-ape that only he can summon. Together they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to clear Jonah’s father legacy.

In ECOS we cover topics like friendship, brotherhood, family and love. The story is targeted at young boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 17 years old.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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DISCUSSION: Judge Dredd: Origins
The birth of Judge Dredd’s world is revealed. How America became a wasteland with two enormous Mega-Cities on each seaboard. How Judge Dredd himself came to be, and his first taste of dealing justice on the streets. Secrets will be revealed. The future will be forged. Justice will be served.An unusual delivery is made the the Grand Hall of Justice, a package that will force Judge Dredd to lead a mission into the Cursed Earth and into the darkest recesses of the history of the Judges and Mega-City One…
Now in this much-anticipated Dredd epic, history is written by Dredd co-creators John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Carlos Ezquerra (Strontium Dog) with a special introductory tale featuring the art of Kev Walker.

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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...

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