Or – “Deena Returns…” The last issue of Powers promised the return of one of the original cast members in a whole new role, as Detective Deena Pilgrim reappeared as a federal agent. Of course, that was five and 1/2 months ago, so your memory might have faded a bit. Given that this entire volume of Powers has been an odd one, will the reign of strangeness continue?
Or – “Following A Hunch And A Man Named Fraction…” I’ve been a fan of the works of Matt Fraction for some months now, but I had never looked at his creator-owned series before an issue appeared in my inbox at work, destined for the back issue bins. There’s always a danger in jumping on an established series while in motion (the same goes for trains, by the way) but I had faith in Matt’s writing skills and took the plunge. Now, a new Casanova cycle has begun, and I’m coming along for the ride…
Or – “Of Course, The Shield Came First…” Continuing our Major Spoilers Star-Spangled Weekend™, and so far we’re running an average of 3 stars for the items reviewed from the big, dumb month of June 2010. Another batch of comics (featuring the first star-spangled hero, as well as several former heads of state) is on the chopping block… Will our average go waaay up, or waay DOWN?
Or – “Named For The Roman God Martius, God Of War…” Not to be confused with famed Martian general Marvin, whose computers are so complex and naughty… Traditionally, this month has signaled the beginning of the season of military campaigns, and also the time when college basketball generals lead their troops unto the field of battle. For me, working in small-market TV for as long as I did, it’s a month which signals mighty pains in the butt, which explains why this is technically the FEBRUARY edition of RFR. We apologize for the inconvenience… Better to just press on.
Or – “I Always Wondered How That All Ended…” The early nineties were a good time to be a comics fan.Â New universes were popping up everywhere, new characters abounded, new settings and premises as far as the eye could see…Â These days, Barb Wire, The Strangers, Bloodfire and their ilk are most often found deep in the 3 For A Dollar bin, but even today, a few 90’s refugees have made their mark.Â Odds are most of y’all only know the Milestone Universe as ‘that place where Static started, before his cartoon,’ but we are all about to witness
Or – “There Are Old Pilots And Bold Pilots, But Few Old, Bold Pilots…” I saw recently that a clinical study proved that January 25th is the most depressing day of the entire year, scientifically and unequivocally. While I don’t disagree with that sentiment (especially as it regards the attendance of employees in Midwestern United States call centers) I find it fascinating that somebody actually got paid to try and figure out something that silly and (let’s be honest, here) banal. Still and all, it’s the kind of story that you read and go, “Yeah, I can see that.” Thus,
Or – “Third #$&*$ing Verse, Same As The #$&*$ing First…” When we last checked in with Homicide detective Christian Walker, he had lost partner Deena Pilgrim, but gained a girlfriend, a new partner, and a new costumed identity.Â Now balancing his double-life as protector of the planet with the day-to-day grind of a beat cop (as well as acting as de facto parent to a teenager who is secretly the latest incarnation of legendary superhero Retro Girl) the nigh-immortal Walker pretty much has his hands full.
Or – “Is Shock Value The Same As Just Plain Value?”Â Kick-Ass is one of those books that has been something of a guilty pleasure for me.Â Each issue takes us through the full litany of curse-words, high school humiliation, some sexual topics, and a heapin’ helpin’ of swift and blinding violence.Â When last issue ended with or main character getting saved by what looked like a nine year old girl, I expected to be going on and on about the use of cute kids in jeopardy for cheap effect.Â ‘Course, when the girl murdered two people on panel in
Or – “Comics Move Pretty Fast. IfÂ Ya Don’t Slow Down Once In A While, You Could Miss ‘Em.“ So, how YOU doin?Â When I joined the intrepid staff here at Stately Spoilers Manor, I was a carefree young lad, temping at a dog food company and literally finding myself with hours at work to stare into space.Â Ahh, those were the heady days of cafeteria food and three-a-day reviews.Â Now that I have a *real* job, my first in several years, I’m horrified to find that I have to spend 8 or 9 hours per day ACTUALLY WORKING.Â Uncool, to
Or – “Major Spoilers, Major Time Crunch!Â I Blame Stephen!” Â There’s a couple of reasons why I do what I do here at Major Spoilers…Â The first is, I love comics, and I know you do, too.Â (See what I did there?)Â I want you to look at Wednesdays the same way I do, with a combination of joy, expectation, and “What in the world will they do next?”Â Basically, I want to share the love. Also, and possibly more importantly, I’m an attention whore.Â Problem is,Â I actually have two jobs other than this one, both of which tend
Or – “#&$*! #&$*! #&$*! #&$*! #&$*! #&$*!” Hey, what’s an issue of Powers without obligatory cursing, hmm? In any case, my years as a comic geek have lead me to create a few simple rules that define my comic purchasing habits, and make Wednesdays easier to navigate: Mark Waid – Good. Rob Liefeld – Not Good. Buy anything with Stingray. Avoid anything with Bane. Don’t trust Marvel’s covers, the interior art is almost always different (and many times inferior.) Likewise, no matter who appears on the cover, Countdown tie-ins will probably disappoint. And above all, Bendis writing can be