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Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

DCLegion of Super HeroesReviewSupergirl

Or – “Did NOT See That One Coming.” For all the love I give the original incarnation of the Legion, it’s sometimes important to note that the book does still come out monthly, and while we’re a couple of reboots down the line, I feel like the creative minds behind it are again firing on all cylinders. Aside from my ongoing lament about the loss of the less powerful or later-period original Legionnaires, (Bouncing Boy, Matter-Eater Lad, Tyroc, and the Substitute Heroes are mostly missing, and later characters like Wildfire, Dawnstar, & Blok are, as yet, undepicted) and echoing Christopher

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DCHero HistoryLegion of Super HeroesWildfire

Or – “With Great Power Comes Great Angsty Melodrama…  And Excess Radiation.” The Legion of Super-Heroes has been through many incarnations, but one of my personal favorites came in the early 1970’s when the team underwent it’s first major membership changes since the days of Adventure Comics.  With members like Bouncing Boy, Duo Damsel and Matter-Eater Lad taking a backseat, the creative team behind Legion replaced them with the likes of Dawnstar, The White Witch, Blok and today’s profilee.  (Is profilee a word?)  He was born Drake Burroughs, and he’s been known as ERG-1 and NRG, but he’s probably best known as the LSH’s

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Major Spoilers

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who fell in the service of liberty, regardless of your personal politics, geographical location, or your feelings on any given world leader.  To that end, we at stately Spoilers Manor, would like to wish all y’all the best, and remember those who have gone before.  With that in mind (and with all due respect to the non-fictional soldiers), there is one character whose passing should, in my mind, be recognized today… And to all our international Spoilerites, Happy Monday!  A Hero History is on it’s way…  Even though the U.S. Mail might have

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Birds of PreyDCReviewSecret Six

Or – “Things Continue To Fall To Pieces… Thanks, Spy Smasher!” With the rather unhappy news that Gail Simone is leaving ‘Birds of Prey,’ the title she pretty much made excellent again, I was a little bit saddened to see this issue in my hold bin. In my mind, it meant one less issue of awesome Gail writing… Turns out my mourning was very much premature, as BoP gave us a nice couple of twists on the traditional comic book fight scene, some character development for several of our twelve or thirteen main characters, and made me almost like the

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Iron ManMarvelReviewShe-Hulk

Or – “Initiate THIS, Iron Dictator!” Anthony Stark has made enemies of virtually everyone in the Marvel Universe in the last six months, faithful Spoilerites, not the least of which include many of US. And while there are those among the “Legion of Iron-Haters” who are more popular, or arguably more powerful, even some that Stark considers a bigger threat, the Iron Dictator is about to get a lesson in why not to underestimate Jennifer Walters, who combines power, intellect, and the desire to protect her family into a potent big green anti-Stark missile. Look at her eyes… Jennifer is

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Image ComicsMadmanReview

Or – “Sometimes It’s So Good To See An Old Friend, You Don’t Notice That He’s Crazy…” Mike Allred is one of those creators where even the people who don’t enjoy his art don’t say it’s bad, they say they don’t “get it.”  The stylization and animation influences in his drawing can be off-putting to some readers (Hi, Tom!) but the same can be said of Frank Miller’s Sin City work, which draws on many of the same influences (film noir, Hong Kong action movies, ultra-violence and movie romance) but in a completely different way.  I may be the first person

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Captain AmericaMarvelReview

Or – “Do Not Fear Death So Much, But Rather The Inadequate Life…” Berthold Brecht said that, and it serves as a pretty fitting epitaph for our Steve Rogers, as well as a cautionary tale. It works as warning to Tony Stark… as a cold comfort to Sharon Carter… as a benchmark for Sam Wilson. And for James Buchanan Barnes, it’s a horrible and isolating reminder that the most heartless cliché of them all is “It’s never too late.” The Marvel Universe is in mourning, but there’s still work to be done, and while nobody here seems to want the

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CheckmateDCOutsidersReview

Or – “Finally, A Break From Iron Man Bashing. I’m EXHAUSTED…” Usually, I try to space these out with a little more give-and-take, but last weeks comic book haul was rather Marvel-heavy, and for some odd reason, I haven’t been in an “Outsiders and Checkmate on a covert mission” writing mood. Now that I’ve reread it, I remember that this has been a pretty impressive crossover between two of DC’s better-written middle-of-the-road-selling books, but I fear that they’re “preaching to the choir,” that the people who read one book already read the other. The days of complete Marvel Zombies may

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AvengersCaptain AmericaFallen SonIron ManMarvelReview

Or – “How To Really Over-Think Both The Title And The Concept.” I don’t think there’s any question that Marvel intends for us to be morally bothered by the actions of Iron Man during and after the Civil War. Even with Joey Da Q’s constant reiteration of the mantra that “in the real world we’d want these people to be licensed and trained,” (an argument which is irrelevant, I might add) the actions of Iron Man are beyond reprehensible. This issue only serves to underline the fact that Tony Stark has officially gone around the bend, and it’s just a

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AvengersMarvelMarvel AdventuresReview

Or – “The First Avengers Book In Months That Didn’t Leave Me Angry Or Confused…” Friday night, my pal Jason at Gatekeeper Hobbies (Huntoon & Gage, Topeka! Ask ’em about Matter-Eater Lad and see how many of them look frightened!) had a graduation or a family wake or a beer bust or something, and asked me to cover his shift. While going through a couple of long-boxes and organizing a couple of years worth of books that were meant to be purchased (but obviously were NOT) by the local library, including a ton of Archie, Sonic The Hedgehog, G.I. Joe,

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DCLegion of Super Heroes

While I usually leave the news flashes to Stephen, (I seem to recall that he got an ‘A’ in Newswriting 101, whereas I got a ‘C+’ because of the girl who later married my then-best friend) this one was just too good not to pass along. In this weeks ‘Lying In The Gutters,’ Rich Johnston is reporting good news for those of us who were entertained by Christopher Bird’s petition to write Legion of Superheroes…

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DCHero HistoryLegion of Super HeroesMatter-Eater LadReview

Or – “With A Name Like Matter-Eater Lad, You KNOW He’s Got To Be Good…” Gail Simone, one of the best comic writers of our time, recently said something incredibly wise about the creators who claim to only want to work on the the top-of-the-line characters.  Gail’s response to this was something akin to “if they’re not first-rate characters, MAKE THEM first-rate characters.”  Her advice goes double for today’s review subject, one of the most denigrated characters of all time.  Matter-Eater Lad has never gotten any respect, sometimes not even from his fellow Legionnaires, and he’s often trotted out as an excuse for

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AvengersMarvelNaked UltronReviewThe Initiative

Or – “Well, At Least The Damn Talking Has Ended…” It’s been three issues, and FINALLY, we get to see the Mighty Avengers do something other than snipe, get recruited, or talk about how they can’t fight the horrible, horrible menace. There’s still some questions in the air, the damn thought balloons are still here, there’s a couple of inexcusable cheesecake shots (like 2/3 of the cover), but at least there’s no Iron Dictator in evidence, forcing the other heroes to step up and actually act heroic. How did they do, you ask?

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DCJustice League of AmericaJustice Society of AmericaLegion of Super HeroesReview

Or – “Despite The Peek-a-boo Costume, Dawnstar Is Not A Stripper!” I’m always appalled at the apparent adoration for the artwork of Aicahael Aurner… Uh, I mean, Michael Turner. The cover of this issue has a very-malnourished looking Hawkman holding his mace in an incredibly phallic manner, while Red Arrow (Ugh.) positions one of his, you should pardon the expression, shafts to try and compete, but looks disappointed not to measure up, while Dawnstar hovers overhead, leaning forward to apparently make it easier for them tuck her tips into her cleavage. Luckily, she found some of Jimmy Olsen’s Elastic Lad

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