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Major Spoilers Podcast #724: Death and Taxes!

This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Taxes! Death and Taxes! Plus, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, Royals #1, and Lilith Dark #1. We also discuss the age old question, hard shell or soft?

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REVIEWS
STEPHEN
Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #2
Writer: Anthony Del Col
Artist: Werther Dell’Edera
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Nancy Drew has a killer plan. In order to clear their names from accusations of their father’s murder, she and the Hardy Boys will have to infiltrate a family of petty thieves — by beating them at their own (card) games!

The classic characters dive deeper into the seedy underbelly of a tourist-town — and they begin to find out if they’re really able to go bad in order to do good.

Rating: ★★★★½

MATTHEW
Royals #1
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Jonboy Meyers
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $3.99

THE “RESURRXION” OF THE INHUMANS BEGINS!

A myth from the future. A quest to the far stars. A legend written across galaxies. Guided by the other-dimensional Kree warrior known as Marvel Boy, the Inhuman Royal Family departs on an odyssey across all creation on search for lost secrets – and the last hope – of their people.
Penned by fan-favorite Al Ewing (The Ultimates, New Avengers, Loki: Agent of Asgard) and drawn by the white-hot Jonboy Meyers (Teen Titans, Spawn), ROYALS is a Marvel-style space epic that takes the Inhuman Royal Family and plunges them into the unknown! The knowledge they seek could change the course of Inhuman destiny, but it cannot be attained without cost…for at the end of days, the Last Inhuman tells the tale of how seven left Earth for the stars…but only six return

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

RODRIGO
Lilith Dark #1
Writer/Artist: Charles C. Dowd
Publisher: Alterna Comics
Cover Price: $1.50
Lilith Dark has no time for princess stuff; she’s far too busy fighting giant monsters and capturing unicorns… or at least that’s how she imagines things. But what if these imaginary beasties, creatures, and monsters were actually real? What then? Printed on nostalgic newsprint with a glossy cover!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

ASHLEY
MOTOR CRUSH #5
Writer: Brenden Fletcher & Cameron Stewart
Artist: : Babs Tarr
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
END OF STORY ARC. END OF VOLUME 1. Domino is forced to make impossible choices and everything falls apart. Featuring part five of ISOLA: PROLOGUE by BRENDEN FLETCHER and KARL KERSCHL, the final chapter of the prelude to ISOLA: ISLAND OF THE DEAD #1, coming soon!

Rating: ★★★★½

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TRADE PAPERBACK DISCUSSION
Blood from a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform
While most comic books deal with spandex-suited superheroes saving the day, the protagonists in New York Public Interest Research Group’s (NYPIRG) “Blood from a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform,” published in 1977, are the everyday taxpayers who are getting shafted by a tax code increasingly riddled with loopholes that directly benefit the rich. The only full-fledged, full-length comic book we know of that’s dedicated to the issue of tax reform, “Blood from a Stone” offers a concise and witty introduction to the history of taxation and the need for progressive tax reform in the United States.

While the comic is now over 36 years old, it remains strikingly prescient considering that tax reform has once again become one of the dominant topics of debate in Washington. In fact, many of the specific tax breaks called out as in need of reform in the comic, such as the preferential rate for capital gains or accelerated depreciation, are on the top of the list of the breaks that still need to go!

We are proud to pluck this comic from its obscurity and to post, for the first time since its original release, a digitized copy of this fascinating comic in its entirety. – via TaxJusticeBlog http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2013/09/exclusive_vintage_tax_reform_c.php#.WO0iF1MrIUG

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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