We move East of West this week, and talk Stranger Things, DC FanDome, Lovecraft Country, Perry Mason, The Muppets NOW, and Spider-Woman! Take the jump and check out this week’s Major Spoilers Podcast.

NEWS

‘Stranger Things’ Creators on Their Departure From Halloween Spookiness and Season 4 Plans

Netflix’s hit sci-fi drama Stranger Things is three seasons in and still going strong. Full of the show’s signature ’80s nostalgia, the latest season, which sees the kids of Hawkins spend the summer of 1985 at the Starcourt Mall while dealing with an otherworldly threat, is nominated for five Emmys, including a third consecutive one for outstanding drama.

DC Comics for November 2020 – Major Spoilers – Comic Book Solicitations

DC Comics sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in November 2020.

DC FanDome release full programming schedule – Major Spoilers – Comic Book News

DC FanDome is coming August 22, 2020, and the organizers have released the full schedule of events. Many will want to check out the Hall of Heroes, which will feature many panels on upcoming movie and television productions.

Seven of Nine Helms New STAR TREK: VOYAGER Comic Book Miniseries from IDW

SAN DIEGO, CA (August 18, 2020) – This November, IDW Publishing journeys deep into uncharted space, and even deeper into the human heart of a Borg drone, with the release of Star Trek: Voyager – Seven’s Reckoning , a four-issue monthly comic book miniseries written by Dave Baker ( Star Trek: Waypoint, Action Hospital), illustrated by Angel Hernandez ( Star Trek: Picard-Countdown, Transformers), and colored by Ronda Pattison ( Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

REVIEWS

STEPHEN
LOVECRAFT COUNTRY EPISODE 1
HBOMAX
Release Date: August 16, 2020
Based on Matt Ruff ‘s novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

Lovecraft Country is executive produced by showrunner Misha Green along with J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange, Daniel Sackheim, and David Knoller.

Rating: ★★★★★

MATTHEW
SPIDER-WOMAN #3
Writer: Karla Pacheco
Artist:Pere Perez
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 19, 2020

With another all-out attack on her client, Spider-Woman is really beginning to regret taking this gig. As the tables turn yet again, a quick escape leads to the last place on Earth Jess wants to be. \The shocking return of someone from Jess’s past ups the ante and throws Spider-Woman’s life into chaos!

Rating: ★★½☆☆

RODRIGO
MUPPETS NOW
Directed By: Vito Masano, Rufus Scot Church, Chris Alender
Service: Disney +
Release Date: Weekly Episodes Starting July 31
Muppets Now
“Muppets Now” is The Muppets Studio’s first unscripted series and first original series for Disney+. In the six-episode season, Scooter rushes to make his delivery deadlines and upload the brand-new Muppet series for streaming. They are due now, and he’ll need to navigate whatever obstacles, distractions, and complications the rest of the Muppet gang throws at him. Overflowing with spontaneous lunacy, surprising guest stars and more frogs, pigs, bears (and whatevers) than legally allowed, the Muppets cut loose in “Muppets Now” with the kind of startling silliness and chaotic fun that made them famous. From zany experiments with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker to lifestyle tips from the fabulous Miss Piggy, each episode is packed with hilarious segments, hosted by the Muppets showcasing what the Muppets do best. Produced by The Muppets Studio and Soapbox Films, “Muppets Now” premieres Friday, July 31, streaming only on Disney+.

Rating: ★★★½☆

ASHLEY
PERRY MASON CHAPTER 8
Writer: Rolin Jones & Ron Fitzgerald & Kevin J. Hynes
Director: Tim Van Patten
Starring: Matthew Rhys
Network: HBO [Max] Release Date: August 9, 2020
Burger advises Mason to rest his case and pin his hopes on Hicks’ testimony. Street, instead, suggests that Mason put Emily on the stand, to which he agrees. However, during cross-examination, Barnes is able to get Emily to claim at least partial responsibility for Charlie’s death. Mason delivers a passionate closing statement blaming Barnes for attacking Emily’s character instead of pursuing the truth. After five days of deliberation, the jury becomes deadlocked, and the judge declares a mistrial; it is revealed that Strickland paid off one of the jurors, though that juror then reveals two other jurors legitimately voted not guilty. Meanwhile, Drake resigns from the police force, Strickland leaves Mason to work for Burger, Alice disappears, and Holcomb has Ennis killed. Emily adopts the baby that Birdy found, and joins Birdy’s new traveling miracle-based church. Mason moves into Jonathan’s office, taking on Street as his secretary (and future partner) and Drake as his lead detective. Mason finds Alice working as a waitress, and they bond over their loneliness.

Rating: ★★★★½

DISCUSSION

EAST OF WEST VOLUME 1
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Nick Dragotta
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $14.46
This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH!
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