This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: The Paybacks seems very familiar, but everyone agrees on DC’s Rebirth. Plus we review Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1, Charge #1, Bolts #1, and we get a great overview of Zodiac Starforce!

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5:50:00 NEWS
DC’s Rebirth Reactions

34:06:00 STEPHEN
Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas #1
Writer/Artist: Troy Little
Troy Little’s gonzo adaptation of Hunter Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas is now available in an all-new format. Find out why GQ said “Little’s cartoonish sensibilities make him the ideal artist to adapt Thompson’s gonzo ur-text… perfectly portraying literature’s most ridiculous road trip.”

This comic book version is presented in black-and-white and at a slightly larger size than the full-color hardcover edition. Each issue also includes pages from Little’s sketchbook and other behind-the-scenes information.

Rating: ★★★½☆

36:14:00 ASHLEY
Writer: Kevin Panetta
Artist: Paulina Ganaucheau
They’re an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters–not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself–and the world–from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions! From Kevin Panetta (Bravest Warriors) and Paulina Ganucheau (TMNT: New Animated Adventures, Bravest Warriors), this super-fun and heartfelt story of growing up and friendship–with plenty of magical-girl fighting action–delivers the most exciting new ensemble cast in comics!

Rating: ★★★★☆

40:35:00 MATTHEW
Writer: Chris Jury, Dan Jury
Artist: Adhitya Zulkarnaen, Pam Siega

“What’s the worst that could happen?” Budget cuts, layoffs, deadlines, stale donuts… Jenson and Hobbs thought things couldn’t get worse at Comtech. Until they found themselves stranded on a mountain in a snowstorm, where they witness an industrial accident that brings forth a mysterious army from the unknown.

1975: trapped in a remote mountaintop research facility, scientists Jenson and Hobbs have made an amazing discovery. Just not the one they planned on. Now they must survive the night, and avoid being caught up in a future war between militarized corporations. And all before the machine’s next CHARGE. Dan Jury and Chris Jury craft a gripping story about the invention of time travel and the fight to survive it.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

44:45:00 RODRIGO
Writer: James Whynot
Artist: James Whynot
During a brutal attack by townspeople in his own time, Frank is torn apart and loses his memory. Only to have his mangled body pieced back together and thrown into a new and strange dimension where he crosses paths with Casey, a scavenger with a penchant for trouble. Now the two must face merciless monsters and perilous roads, while Frank fights his own battle to become a righteous hero or spiteful villain!
Bolts is Frankenstein’s monster like you’ve never seen him before from rising star James Whynot! Includes a variant cover limited to 1500 copies

Rating: ★★★½☆


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57:00:00 DISCUSSION: The Paybacks Volume 1
Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs. Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! Collects issues #1-#4 of the superhero comedy series from the team that delivered the acclaimed Buzzkill!

1:16:00:00 CLOSE
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1 Comment

  1. Erik Waddell on

    I enjoyed your conversation about DC Rebirth #1 and what Rebirth may or may not be.

    I have to say, though, that I really enjoyed this issue. I thought the scene with Wally and Barry was just fantastic and I finished the issue eager to see what would happen next.

    I’m not a fan of the Watchmen. I was a big fan back in the 80s and early 90s, but nowadays I find it very dated and sort of exhausting to read.

    But, that said, I am keen to see what DC has planned for this Watchmen “incursion” into the main universe. What I’m hoping for is a story that aims to acknowledge the influence Watchmen has had on DC comics, and then consciously decide to move beyond its shadow and finally leave it and its smothering influence in the past.

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