This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Star Trek Fan Films, Archie #5, Obi-Wan and Anikin #1, Rat Queens #14, and a discussion of The Woods Volume 1.

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NEWS
We devote the first part of the show to the recent lawsuit involving Paramount, CBS, and a production group working on a Star Trek Fan Film.

REVIEWS
STEPHEN
ARCHIE #5
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
$3.99 U.S.
The biggest comic series of the year presses on! Betty and Jughead have declared war on Veronica over the heart and soul of Archie Andrews! Who should you be rooting for? You might just be surprised by the answer! Rising star comics artist Veronica Fish joins the legendary Mark Waid on creative duties for this brand new issue!

Rating: ★★★★★

MATTHEW
Obi-Wan and Anakin #1
Story by Charles Soule
Art by Marco Checchetto
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their confrontation on the Death Star…they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker. Today, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are pleased to present your first look inside OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN #1 – the newest Star Wars™ limited series from blockbuster creators Charles Soule (Lando, She-Hulk, Daredevil) and artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Avengers World, Punisher)! Set between the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – it has been a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young Anakin. Though they have grown closer through training, the road has been a difficult one. Now, called to a remote planet for assistance, Master and Padawan’s skills will be put to the test. And their relationship will be pushed to the breaking point. Before they became brothers-in-arms during the Clone Wars, be there as Soule and Checchetto weave a tale of the Jedi at the height of their power, and the foundations of their doomed friendship. It all starts this January in OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN #1!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

ASHLEY
RAT QUEENS #14 Writer: Wiebe, Kurtis J.
Artist:Fowler, Tess
Cover Artist: Sejic, Stjepan
‘DEMONS,’ Part Four Hannah is reunited with her father for the first time in many years and in a way she never could have expected.

Rating: ★★★★½

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DISCUSSION:
The Woods Vol. 1
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine. Collects issues #1-4 of the critically acclaimed series.

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4 Comments

  1. January 7, 2016 at 11:54 am — Reply

    I’m really torn on the issue of Axanar. I’ve been a backer of all three of the crowdfunding campaigns and I really love everything they are doing. That said, I can see how they have pushed the boundaries of what CBS/Paramount can, as the IP holder, tolerate in terms of not making money off of the IP. Axanar has pushed past a normal fan film and into a really independent production with the scope of what they are trying to accomplish and while I think that is great and I want to see it come to fruition, some of the aspects of how the funds have been spent could be interpreted as pushing past the profitability line. Actors and some of the production staff are getting (small) paychecks and the intention for the studio is for it to be used in future (original) productions. I can see the argument being made that the line is crossed there. What seems really odd though is that Alec Peters, the producer, has had a number of meetings with the folks over at CBS since the beginning of the project, and it sounds like no one expressed a desire for Axanar to shut down. Of course, I know only what the folks at Axanar have said, but it does sound like there is something else going on here behind the scenes. Alec is apparently going to be making some kind of big statement in the next week or so that may clear things up.

    In the end, I would love for the film to ultimately be made, but I know the risks of any Kickstarter/Indegogo project. I’ve backed a dozen or so projects and have been fortunate to see the vast majority of those fulfilled. Still, if Axanar is completely shut down, I’ll be content with the “Prelude to Axanar” short film that has been done and my super-cool uniform patches that I got as my backer rewards.

    -Chad

  2. January 9, 2016 at 7:15 am — Reply

    The Woods was one of those comics I saw on the wall of my lcs and took a chance on it and really liked it. I have V1, but need to get V2 & V3 to get caught up.

  3. Jode Toews
    January 12, 2016 at 8:13 pm — Reply

    I am so glad with what is happening to Archie. It was the first thing I ever read I blame it for making me read everything I can now. It is a little odd to see actual character moments in Archie, but I am so glad for it.

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