This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: We run down the best of 2016 (again). Plus we review DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1, The Clone Conspiracy #3, Ether #2, and Black #3. Also, is the zombie genre played out?

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NEWS
R.L. Stine takes on Man-Thing

[Solicitations] R.L. Stine to write new Man-Thing series

REVIEWS
STEPHEN
DC REBIRTH HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1
Writers: Various
Artists: Various
DC’s biggest and brightest heroes celebrate the holidays in this new special! Don’t miss a Chanukah crisis for Huntress, a Flash family Christmas, Wonder Woman interrupting John Constantine’s hellblazing pagan party and more—including the return of Detective Chimp! Today’s top talents bring you a very special holiday gift that’ll keep on giving through the New Year! And writer Paul Dini crafts a Harley holiday tale featuring DCU guests that bridges all the stories in the weirdest, wildest way.

Rating: ★★★½☆

MATTHEW
The Clone Conspiracy (2016) #3
Writer: Dan Slott
Penciller: Jim Cheung
THE CLONE CONSPIRACY CONTINUES! SPIDER-MAN is on the run from his resurrected rogues! The Jackal’s master plan is further revealed. Just how deep does it run? And why is Doctor Octopus playing second fiddle to the Jackal? less

Rating: ★★★★☆

RODRIGO
ETHER #2
Boone Dias believes that there’s a scientific explanation for everything—even the impossible murder of the Blaze, protector of the magical realm known as the Ether. But as he gets closer to solving the mystery, he’s realizing just how much he doesn’t understand about the Ether. And the more time he spends in another dimension, the more his life on Earth falls apart.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

ASHLEY
BLACK #3
Writer: Kwanza Osajyefo
Art: Jamal Igle
In the aftermath of Cole’s incarceration, Kareem is beginning to doubt Juncture’s leadership. Meanwhile, the Mann Co. fends off an attack from a terrorist organization, and Detective Waters may have finally received the clue she needs to tie together Kareem’s disappearance with her investigation.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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DISCUSSION
What else did we love in 2016?

CLOSE
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  1. December 15, 2016 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    So, Man Thing? I really don’t know much about him at all. Before MS I knew nothing, and afterwards, I honestly didn’t realize that he was a character with how gleefully Matthew always used the “Giant Sized Man Thing” line. I thought that it was pretty funny, and a reference to a line from an obscure comic (which is his wheelhouse, which is great). I didn’t realize he was a character, and was similar to Swamp Thing.

    That said, I *am* a huge fan of R.L. Stine. I was in the exact demographic when Goosebumps started to come out. Since I don’t always handle horror well, I honestly don’t remember how I started reading the Goosebump books. And it’s why I don’t always handle horror well that I’m not really into exploring it with comics. BUT. I do take notice when there’s something extrodinary and someone says “hey this is a great story, this also happens to be in the horror genre,” which is why I will eventually look into Alan Moore’s run of Swamp Thing, and it’s thanks to the MSP talking it up.

    So, I really don’t feel any way in particular about the idea that Man Thing is getting a limited series, but it does hit the sweet spot of name recognition and nostalgia for me to check this out. (The only other creator I can think of right now that I’d go into a horror piece without any recomendations from friends would be Guillermo del Toro, and that gets into the “name recognition” side of things. So, because R.L. Stine is doing a comic, I’m going to check it out.

    This is getting into what the podcast often talks about with bringing in people who wouldn’t usually look at comics into comics. While I would, I wouldn’t go out to buy a horror comic on it’s release without this sort of support. Who knows how many other R.L. Stine fans are out there that will take a look because, hey, here’s something they haven’t seen before.

    By the way, Stine also wrote a series called Fear Street at the same time as Goosebumps, which was for teenage audiences, and was generally scarrier. I couldn’t handle those because of the fear factor, but I also have a low tolerance. It is really cool that Rodrigo liked Goosebumps for other reasons, though

    Stine also has a really vertatile career, if one looks at all the sorts of work he did. So it doesn’t surprise me that he’d take a crack at comics at some point.

    Also, I’m no zombie fan, but the zombie horror subgenre could certainly use a break.

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