Set a course for adventure, on this week’s Major Spoilers Podcast, as we look for MU with Corto Maltese. Plus, we review Action Comics #1007, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #35, Blosssoms 666 #1, and Mystery Science Theater 3000 #4!

NEWS

DC Comics lays off staff

DC Publishing Laying Off 3 Percent of Its Workforce

DC is laying off staff as part of an organization restructure of the Warner Bros. division that will see it focus on its original core business of publishing, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. It is believed that seven employees, around three percent of DC’s 240-person workforce, have been impacted.

REVIEWS

STEPHEN
ACTION COMICS #1007
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Steve Epting
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 30, 2019
The Kobra Cult conspiracy ensnares Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen, drawing the attention of the Man of Steel. But be careful, Superman-there’s more lurking in the shadows of Metropolis than just a snake cult.

Rating: ★★★★½

MATTHEW
MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS #35
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Simone di Meo
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 30, 2019

The mysterious new DARK RANGER is the man known as Heckyl – and his origin is revealed for the first time in this stand alone issue.

Rating: ★★★★☆

RODRIGO
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 #4
Writer: Joel Hodgson, Harold Buchholz, Matt McGinnis, Mary Robinson, Seth Robinson, Sharyl Volpe
Artist: Todd Nauck, Mike Manley, Jack Pollock
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 6, 2019
From the 1940s to the 1960s, Jonah, Crow, and Tom Servo are trapped across three decades of public domain comics! Meanwhile, in the not-to-distant future, mad scientist Kinga Forrester plans to monetize their plight! Comics may never be the same after this, but at least there will be Totino’s Pizza Rolls

Rating: ★★★☆☆

ASHLEY
BLOSSOMS 666 #1
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Laura Braga
Publisher: Archie Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: Jan 23, 2019
BRAND NEW SERIES! Cheryl and Jason Blossom are a pair of seemingly normal kids in Riverdale. They’re wealthy, popular and likeable—but they also harbor a deep, dark secret—one of the Blossom Twins is the Anti-Christ. Both want the title, and no one in Riverdale is safe.

Rating: ★★★★☆

MAJOR SPOILERS POLL OF THE WEEK

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week: Top Selling Steam Games Edition – Major Spoilers – Comic Book Reviews, News, Previews, and Podcasts

I have been using Steam for a couple of years now, and enjoy diving down the rabbit hole of recommended games that I might enjoy playing (some I do, some I don’t). Recently, I’ve been following the Top Selling category and am interested in those games that make the top ten list.

DISCUSSION

Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn
Writer/Artist: Hugo Pratt
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $19.99
This book, the first of twelve volumes, launches the definitive English-language edition of Hugo Pratt’s masterpiece, presented in the original oversized B&W format and with new translations made from Pratt’s original Italian scripts. Frank Miller calls Pratt “one of the true masters of comic art.”

Long before the term “graphic novel” entered the popular lexicon – ten years before Will Eisner’s A Contract with God – Hugo Pratt pioneered the long-form “drawn literature” story. Corto Maltese set the standard for all adult adventure comics in Europe. By the mid-1970s, Corto was the continent’s most popular series and Hugo Pratt the world’s leading graphic novelist. Hugo Pratt’s peripatetic sailor was featured in a series of twenty-nine stories. The adventures of this modern Ulysses are set during the first thirty years of the 20th Century in such exotic locales as Pratt’s native Venice, the steppes of Manchuria, the Caribbean islands, the Danakil deserts, the Amazon forests, and the waves of the Pacific.

EuroComics is working closely with Patrizia Zanotti, Pratt’s long-time collaborator, to present the complete Corto Maltese in a series of twelve quality trade paperbacks in Pratt’s original oversized B&W format.

Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn collects the first six inter-connected short stories Pratt created in France in the early 1970s: “The Secret of Tristan Bantam,” “Rendez-vous in Bahia,” “Sureshot Samba,” “The Brazilian Eagle,” “So Much for Gentlemen of Fortune,” and “The Seagull’s Fault.”

CLOSE
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2 Comments

  1. I’m not a fan of the character, but Regarding Corto Maltese: I have a feel that European comics often feel like they are disjointed in their story or not as complex or without payoff is honestly cultural difference.
    This type of Continental European comics are very much art driven, as opposed to American or, to lesser extent, British comics. American comics are created more with writer and story as the most important element of the book. Often in European books, if the artist is fantastic, chances are he doesn’t really care about actual long term writing that much. This is my opinion, as an European.

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