This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: THE TICK! Plus, Afterlife with Archie #10, Clean Room #11, Hell or High Water, and Croak #1. We also talk about the end of an era as Kirkman announces the end of Invincible.

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NEWS
Robert Kirkman is ending Invincible

[Business] Robert Kirkman is ending Invincible

REVIEWS
STEPHEN
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #10
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist: Francesco Francavilla
BETTY: RIP Pt. 5, “Interlude with the Pussycats” Before the end of the world began, a female pop trio was setting charts on fire. But in a world of TMZ and paparazzi-driven media, somehow these women kept their private lives a secret from everyone—until now. A full-access interview promises to show the tragic and terrifying origin story of Josie and the Pussycats. For TEEN+ Readers.

Rating: ★★★★★

MATTHEW
Clean Room #11
Writer: Gail Simone
Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
The Entities threaten their final revenge on our world and it’s vastly more horrible than even Astrid thought, while Evangelical forces stake a claim on Astrid’s organization, and only Chloe has the knowledge to stop them. Our second mind-bending arc rockets to a grisly conclusion for all mankind, including you and everyone you know!

Rating: ★★★½☆

RODRIGO
CROAK #1
(W) Cody Andrew Sousa
(A) Francesco Iaquinta, Chris O’Halloran
Aubrey, Nick, and Tim are three friends on a casual camping trip. Their fun weekend turns awry after being forced to set up camp deep in the woods. Lost, afraid, and alone, their worst nightmares come to life.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

ASHLEY
HELL OR HIGH WATER
starring: Chris Pine and Ben Foster
directed by: David Mackenzie
Toby is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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DISCUSSION
THE TICK: The Complete Edlund Edition
This tracks The Tick from his start to his journey to The Big Apple with Arthur. It includes the first appearance of Arthur, Oedipus, Barry Hubris (Brown Tick), and Paul the Samaurai. The first few issues involve Tick’s battling of Ninjas!

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3 Comments

  1. September 1, 2016 at 8:37 pm — Reply

    I picked up Clean Room. So far it’s good.

    Invincible is going out on top and that makes me happy. Ryan Ottley being free to do other work makes me ecstatic.

  2. September 3, 2016 at 1:43 am — Reply

    Really enjoyed the Tick talk. I watched the Amazon pilot and liked it. I’m hoping it gets the green light.

    You did miss one angle on the question of “Why does The Tick keep getting made into TV shows?” At least for the most recent iteration, the answer is that Ben Edlund has clout. With producer and writer credits on shows from Firefly to Supernatural to Powers, he’s connected to the business of SF/superhero television in ways that make it easier for him to get stuff done.

    The Tick is part of my justification for choosing pirates in the age-old debate of “pirates vs. ninjas?”. As long as we’re talking about the plural, pirates will always win, because ninjas in groups are worthless. A single ninja is an unstoppable killing machine, though, so if the question is “pirate vs. ninja”, the ninja wins.

    • September 3, 2016 at 9:28 am — Reply

      This is true. A pack of ninjas always attacks one at a time…

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