This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: We talk The Justice League Origin, Star Wars, Mark Millar, and Digital Comic Sales. Plus we review Batman #35, Mighty Crusaders #1, Dark Fang #1, and Quince #14.

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NEWS
More Star Wars Than You Can Count

[Television] Rian Johnson developing new Star Wars trilogy and live action television series for Disney

Mark Millar announces first Netflix Comic Book Project

[Solicitations] Mark Millar announces first Netflix comic book project

REVIEWS
STEPHEN
BATMAN #35
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Joelle Jones
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
“Dream of Me” part three! Has the Caped Crusader passed the point of no return? Turns out he’s going to need a little help from his friends, but this help comes with a downside: Batman’s true intentions will be exposed.

Rating: ★★★★★

MATTHEW
MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1
Writer: Ian Flynn
Art: Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Publisher: Archie Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
NEW ONGOING SERIES! “Back in the Saddle” – The mightiest team of superheroes are back! A throw-down with a prehistoric terror in the heart of Washington D.C. sets the stage for the dramatic return of a wayward hero! Meanwhile, half a world away, a sinister plan begins to awaken an ancient evil!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

RODRIGO
DARK FANG #1
Writer: Miles Gunter
Artist: Kelsey Shannon
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
“EARTH CALLING,” Part One Her name is Valla. In life she was a fisherwoman. In death she is a vampire residing peacefully on the bottom of the ocean. When a mysterious dark plague descends upon her aquatic paradise, she must venture to the surface in search of answers. What she finds is a world headed towards an environmental collapse that will eventually wipe out her food supply. If Valla is to continue to have the blood she needs to survive, then she must stop the fossil fuel industries from destroying the planet—no matter the cost. From MILES GUNTER (NYC MECH) and KELSEY SHANNON (BASTARD SAMURAI) comes an action-horror middle finger to the politicians and propagandists who choose to deny the reality of climate change. Prepare yourself. DARK FANG is coming.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

ASHLEY
QUINCE #14
Writer: Kit Steinkellner
Artist: Emma Steinkellner
In Issue #14, Lupe no longer has her superpowers, but she nevertheless must still face her arch-nemesis in a final showdown.

Rating: ★★★★★

MAJOR SPOILERS POLL OF THE WEEK

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week: FIGHT!

DISCUSSION
JUSTICE LEAGUE Vol. 1: ORIGIN
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Jim Lee
Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history with the first hardcover collection of a DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 series! In a universe where Super Heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg unite for the first time to form the JUSTICE LEAGUE! Don’t miss the thrill-a-minute hardcover collecting the first six issues of the best selling comic!

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1 Comment

  1. The Justice League TPB discussion focused mainly on the characters and setting, but I’d have been interested in your views on the story itself.

    Beyond the International Club of Hals Jordan aspect, my main problem with this story arc was how much of a non-event the climax was. Parademon incursions set the stage for something truly earth-shattering, building up to a boom tube opening up and revealing… Darkseid!

    …Who stands around for a while until he’s pushed back into the boom tube.

    Um, okay, I guess?

    Matthew was certainly right when he said this isn’t Kirby’s Darkseid. Traditionally Darkseid has managed to be menacing while standing by and observing because it was always made clear that the supervillain plots he threw at humanity were exploratory in nature, gathering data and pulling Earth’s heroes off-balance while he waited for longer-term plans to pay off.

    Johns chose to keep Darkseid largely static and reactive while also making him a predominantly physical enemy that the JL had to overcome by force, leading to a slightly awkward anticlimax instead of an exciting action sequence.

    If it had been someone like Kalibak who stepped through the boom tube, we could have had a far more dynamic battle and still left room to hint at Darkseid as the main villain before the arc closed out. Or why not just commit wholly to the revamp of Darkseid’s character and make him more like Kalibak for the purposes of the New 52? It wouldn’t be my first choice, but I’d have supported it if it had made the story stronger.

    I was also left wondering what Darkseid’s reason for turning up on Earth actually was. Maybe it’s just me bringing along my preconceptions about the character and his supporting cast, but if it was just a straightforward military invasion, it feels weird that none of Darkseid’s generals were involved and that he didn’t turn up ten days later with a bigger army and the Furies to wipe Earth off the map. And if it wasn’t an invasion… what was he doing?

    Many questions. Some of which can be answered by inference or by reading between the lines of later storylines or other titles, but I don’t feel that should be a required for an introductory adventure for the newly-rebooted Justice League.

    All in all, I think I’d have a hard time recommending this to anyone except a hardcore New 52 reader, or maybe a fan of the JL movie who wanted to buy exactly one comic in their entire life and didn’t want to have to deal with any characters or concepts they weren’t already familiar with.

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