This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Blue Beetle! Monsters Unleashed! Rise of the Black Flame #1, Saga #37, Night’s Dominion, and Archie Comics #11.
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Monsters Unleashed at Marvel
RISE OF THE BLACK FLAME #1
Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson
Artist: Christopher Mitten
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
The bizarre origin of the BPRD’s greatest foe.
Young girls are going missing from the cities of Siam, and the trail leads to the jungle hideout of a bloodthirsty cult wielding an ancient evil power—the Cult of the Black Flame.
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
“THE WAR FOR PHANG,” PART ONE
SAGA is back with its most epic storyline yet, and to celebrate, FIONA STAPLES graces this issue with a gorgeous wraparound cover! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. This arc is a self-contained “event” we’ve been building to since our very first issue, so now is the perfect time for readers who love SAGA’s bestselling collections to join our monthly adventures!
Writer/Artist: Ted Naifeh
Publisher: Oni Press
A brand new dark fantasy epic from the mind of Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Princess Ugg, Batman ‘66) begins here!
Umber: an ancient, sprawling city where the rich live like kings and the poor are lucky to get their scraps. At its center, the tower of Uhlume rises, guarding untold riches. Though heavily guarded, with the right plan… the right people… the treasure is free for the taking. Enter our five players: the Bard, the Acolyte, the Asp, the Magus… and a barmaid? But this barmaid knows the city better than anyone. This barmaid hides a dark secret. And this barmaid needs to make a lot of money… fast.
Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Publisher: Archie Comics
Archie and Jughead have been playing their instruments in Archie’s garage for a while, but now it’s finally time for them to take their talents elsewhere. Veronica suggests that the two form a band—assuming, of course, that she gets to be their lead singer. This bothers Betty, since music was a deep connection that she had always shared with Archie—so she’ll just have to form her own rival band. Now it’s #TeamArchie vs. #TeamBetty in a battle of the bands that has the whole school picking sides!
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Blue Beetle: Shellshocked
Written by Keith Giffen & John Rogers Art by Cully Hamner, Duncan Rouleau, Cynthia Martin and Phil Moy Cover by Duncan Rouleau Collecting THE BLUE BEETLE #1-6! Tearing its way through the events of DAY OF VENGEANCE and INFINITE CRISIS, the mystical Blue Beetle scarab has chosen its new guardian: teenager Jaime Reyes! But supernatural powers can be a blessing or a curse, and when it comes to the powers of the Scarab, you don’t get one without the other.
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