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NEWS
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REVIEWS
STEPHEN
Conan The Avenger #22
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Brian Ching
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
He’s been defeated, crucified, and left to die in the desert—and now, Conan faces still another fearsome trial when he must prove his worth among the hostile Zuagir tribesmen. In Conan’s mission to retake the city from a traitorous false queen, is the cruel Zuagir chieftain friend or foe?

Rating: ★★★½☆

MATTHEW
POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH #1
Art by: Clay Mann
Written by: Amy Chu
Publisher: DC Comics
Life. Death. Poison Ivy has power over both. But can she keep her friends and hold down a regular job at the same time? As Dr. Pamela Isley, she joins the prestigious plant sciences department at Gotham Botanical Gardens, but things quickly get complicated when a fellow scientist is murdered and it looks like the work of Ivy. Don’t miss the start of this new 6-issue miniseries!

Rating: ★★½☆☆

RODRIGO
PEP DIGITAL VOL. #178: AGENTS BETTY & VERONICA
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman, Jim Amash, Digikore Studios
Publisher: Archie Comics
Betty and Veronica are ready for some secret agent action! Join them as they use high-tech gadgets and karate kicks to save the day from the forces of evil! Can they rescue the kidnapped Archie from a mysterious foe?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

ASHLEY
ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL #1
Writer: Sterling Gates
Artist: Bengal
Publisher: DC Comics
When an escaped prisoner from Fort Rozz interrupts a football game, Supergirl is on the scene to take her down. But Rampage is mad about more important things than a sporting event-and no pesky superhero can stop her quest for revenge!

Rating: ★★★★☆

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DISCUSSION:
Jessica Jones
Following a tragic end to her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

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.

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2 Comments

  1. Karl G. Siewert
    February 5, 2016 at 9:44 am — Reply

    I’m intrigued by something that was said in passing: that there have been heroes who have had mind control powers, but it has never worked out particularly well. The more I thought about that, the more I wondered if it’s even possible to use that power for good. Unless the hero has an unwavering moral center, I think the temptation would be too great to misuse the power.

    As an example: Let’s say Batman has Kilgrave’s power, and he is facing the Joker. I think nearly everyone could agree that it’s within the bounds of morality to instruct the Joker to, “Stop what you’re doing, put down the gun, and stand still until the police have you in custody.” Likewise, nearly everyone would agree that it would be immoral to say, “Stop what you’re doing, put the gun in your mouth, and kill yourself.”

    But where is the line? Is it okay to say, “Never commit a crime again”? What about “Do only good things”? (By whose measure? What would be “good things” in the Joker’s estimation?) Should he go into juvenile detention centers and mind control children to prevent future crime?

    The deeper I go into this, the more philosophical and even theological it becomes. What about free will?

    • February 5, 2016 at 10:46 am — Reply

      Go back into the archives, in the early episodes, we had the discussion over the morality of powers, especially the mind control aspects of characters like Professor X and Jean Gray.

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