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Major Spoilers Podcast #716: March Volume 3

This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Are you ready for the Secret Empire? We review, Powerless on NBC, Archie #17, and Champions #5. Plus, if you have not read March Volume 3, it is a must buy book.

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NEWS
THE SECRET EMPIRE IS COMING!

[Solicitations] Yay… there’s another Marvel “epic” event coming our way

REVIEWS
STEPHEN
ARCHIE #17
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Publisher: Archie Comics
Cheryl Blossom’s unleashed on Riverdale, creating chaos and tumult at her whim! Only Veronica can stop her—but how will she get back from her Swiss boarding school in time to save her friends?

Rating: ★★★★☆

MATTHEW
Champions #5
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Oh, great! Just when the Champions had a nice little movement going on, here comes Gwenpool to ruin – I mean, “improve” – it all, with her patented brand of consequence-less violence and disregard for human life!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

RODRIGO
Powerless
Ep. 1 & 2
Network: NBC
In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss (Alan Tudyk) and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

MAJOR SPOILERS POLL OF THE WEEK

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week: The Best Comic Age

DISCUSSION
March: Book Three
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
By Fall 1963, the Civil Rights Movement is an undeniable keystone of the national conversation, and as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is right in the thick of it. With the stakes continuing to rise, white supremacists intensify their opposition through government obstruction and civilian terrorist attacks, a supportive president is assassinated, and African-Americans across the South are still blatantly prohibited from voting. To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative projects, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and a pitched battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.

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Stephen Schleicher

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3 Comments

  1. February 15, 2017 at 4:37 am — Reply

    Thing about these “realistic” and cynical big revelations and heroes fighting each other is, if you are going to write these stories, you have to have something compelling to say and be able to execute it. Unfortunately, I have realized that 99% of the comic writers just aren’t good enough to do it. I’m not trying to berate comic writers, but that’s the truth, vast majority of them couldn’t put up a coherent novel, let alone a literature classic. If you are going to tackle complex, difficult subject, you have to be skilled to be able to do that. Its on the editorial for not to recognize that though.

  2. February 16, 2017 at 8:26 am — Reply

    Really enjoyed this episode. Just to weigh in on the event discussion, there may be event fatigue but honestly, that is not stopping people from reading them. So many times I’ve heard from customers “I’m getting tired of these events, I’m going to have to stop reading them.” My response always is “We can drop that title for you then if you’d like” The response: “No, I’m going to read it and check it out.” Six issues later, they’re still buying it. Civil War II #2’s sales actually beat #1’s for us! (Can’t explain why that happened). Some like the event but the number of times I hear complaints about the comic while people continue to buy it is kind of shocking. It’s this mindset that comic readers have of “I bought a few issues, need to finish the story” or “I’ll still wait to see if it gets better.” Until the cycle can be broken, Marvel will continue to put them out because it is still making them money. Speak with your wallet.

  3. hitmonkey
    February 19, 2017 at 2:05 am — Reply

    As much as you guys have event fatigue I’ve got people complaining about event fatigue fatigue. Every time Marvel makes this announcement every comic book website, podcast, and forum goes on and on about how they are sick of Marvel events. Then the events sells more than 99.9% of the other comics. People say listen to the fans and Marvel are doing that, they just are listening to the ones buying the books not the ones complaining about them online.

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