This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Doc Savage is back, and Peter Parker returns! Rodrigo buys a zoo. And if Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, who is Jason Mamoa playing in the Batman vs. Superman movie?
I read a lot of “whodunit” stories, and watch a lot of mystery shows on the tube. I have to know who is responsible for what happened, and why. My TiVo is chock full of detective shows. The puzzle I’m trying to solve these days is, when will ever I get the time to watch them?
The Star Wars is a comic series based on the original movie screenplay draft by George Lucas. Although some elements from the classic movies are present, this is a very different story with characters who are both recognizable and unknown to Star Wars fans. Luke Skywalker is not a bright-eyed farm boy but a battle-tested general. Darth Vader is his evil counterpart, but without his famous breathing mask. Han Solo is an alien. Despite all these changes, The Star Wars attempts to introduce its loyal fans to the story that might have been, while reigniting memories the classic science fiction movie.
I’ve been a fan of the Defenders all the way back to the days when The Hulk hung out at Doctor Strange’s Sanctorum and ate nothing but beans, while Norrin Radd hovered and looked melancholy. One thing I’ve learned since that series ended is that the Defenders will continue to rise over and over again, and probably get cancelled within 15 issues. Still, if I had a choice of new teams every couple of years and no Defenders at all, I’ll just have to soldier on and deal with repeated heartbreak when things go sour.
It’s kind of like BEING a Defender, now that I think of it. Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Munchkin is a dedicated deck card game by Steve Jackson Games, written by Steve Jackson and illustrated by John Kovalic, that has a humorous take on role-playing games.
This week on Munchkin Land, it’s time to check out the last of the Chez games – Chez Cthulhu!
Chez Cthulhu brings the horror of Lovecraft’s Mythos right into your apartment . . . as if the leftovers from the Pizza with Absolutely Everything weren’t bad enough. Work your job — will you be a Morgue Janitor, a Sanitarium Attendant, or a Gravedigger? Buy things to give you Slack. A Straitjacket may be a good choice, but Friendly Tentacles can also be helpful. Oh, and Nookie, don’t forget the Nookie. But avoid the Ectoplasmic Slime. Chez Cthulhu combines the classic Chez Geek system with everyone’s favorite Elder God and stirs in a new Madness mechanic, in a new stand-alone game designed by Steve Jackson and illustrated by John Kovalic. Warning: Mixing Chez Cthulhu with Chez Geek can lead to bouts of giggling and excessive silliness. The game itself will play just fine, as long as your brain doesn’t break when you use “cigarette” and “tentacle” interchangeably.
One of the biggest advantages of my weekend comic store job is exposure to comics that most fans have only vaguely heard of, but are brilliant nonetheless. When I was growing up, Archie Comics were mostly known for their digest-sized collections, available at grocery counters everywhere. These days, Archie is in a period of expansion, changing their characters, trying different genres and even reviving their once-proud super-hero line. Of course, if you know your obscure comics history, you might recall that this isn’t the first time Archie has diversified their offerings for a new comic audience. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
The real shame about The Movement is the hype surrounding its launch, tying it to the Occupy Movement and the political shenanigans thereto attached, as it’s something entirely different and more complex. Last time, one of Virtue’s people fell victim to the wrong people and was left for dead in a back alley. Will The Movement lose one its own? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
It’s another special episode of the Wayne’s Comics podcast, with two more great interviews!
First up is Fred Van Lente, scripter for Valiant’s Archer & Armstrong as well as Dark Horse’s Brain Boy. We talk about the history of Archer & Armstrong, including how it came to be and how unique this book and its characters are compared to other comics available today. If you aren’t reading it, this is the week to pick up issue #16 so you can get on board with this terrific comic! And Brain Boy is worth your money and attention as well!
I interview Cullen Bunn next, and we chat about The Sixth Gun, a successful book available from Oni Press! Cullen discusses the series and what we can expect in the coming months. He also updates us on how possible moves of this story to television is currently doing! Be sure you buy the 36th issue, out this Wednesday! Oh, and you’ll learn a lot about Hellheim as well during our chat, so don’t miss it!
With issue #1 of the revival of Archie’s Golden Age hero, The Fox, Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel managed the complex task of impressing both Stephen and myself, reminding me of the good old Silver Age days where a superhero could be about a little bit of wacky fun, without the dark and the gritty and the glayven. Will The Fox’s sophomore outing maintain the same standard of excellence? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
In this installment of Critical Hit: A Major Spoilers Dungeons and Dragons Podcast: Just because they are orcs doesn’t mean they are up to no good.
Way back in 2009, Terminator Salvation hit the big screens hoping to re-energize the Terminator franchise. Whether that was a success or not is debatable, but Dark Horse is bringing a sequel, Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle, by high profile writer J. Michael Straczynski. Is this a sequel worth reading or is it better off just waiting for the future reboot? Read on and find out!
Zach gets educated on the ways of Charlie Chaplin, and by the time his viewing of Modern Times ends, he comes to a realization that Stephen has been talking about for years.