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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Child Of Light And Darkness Edition

Thirty-two years ago this month, Jean Grey finally overcame her own darker nature and overcame her Dark Phoenix persona thanks to the power of love and stuff.  It was a powerful moment (immediately followed by her committing heroic suicide as her horrified fiancee Cyclops looked on) and even the fact that backstory has been altered to where it was never actually Jean in the first place can’t kill the power of that moment.  Since then, many Marvel characters (and nearly all the X-Men) have had their “Dark Whomever” story, but each successive iteration seems to have resulted in diminishing returns,…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Also Working On A Sound-Of-One-Hand-Clapping-Inator Edition

Anyone who listens closely will know that I am a fan of the cartoons, dating back to the days when I would come home from school to Woody Woodpecker and Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Movies on Channel 41.  To this day, I still number Danger Mouse among my favorite television programs, but the more recent cartoons have things going for them as well.  I still can’t believe that the surrealism of Higglytown Heroes never had a brony-like stoner fanbase, while the genius of Phineas and Ferb is undeniable, starting all sorts of fascinating trains of thought about life, science, and the can-do…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Primitive Screwheads Memorial Edition

There are days when you’re the windshield, and days where you’re a dragonfly on a hi-speed rendezvous with a squeegee, and recently it feels like I’ve been having a few more of the latter than the former.  With a new schedule, an old family, and the beginnings of third grade (this time, I hope to master fractions) this week has been somewhat exhausting, leaving me barely coherent but still able to sing remarkably like the guy from Coldplay.  But, as a wise man once said,’When life gives you lemons, invent a cliche.’  Or maybe it was ‘Get a receipt?’  Either…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Mama Don’t Take My Kodochrome Away Edition

While waiting in a parking lot during a recent car-ride, the child and I once again had some time to kill and took in a couple of episodes of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, the 35th anniversary season of the Japanese show that spawned the American Power Rangers.  As is often the case, the child had a question that I had never considered, asking why the leader always wears red.  I had no real answer, other than, “it looks awesome,” but it started me thinking about the nature of colors as portrayed in pop culture.  Mario’s red suit makes him player one,…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Whatcha Gonna Do With All That Junk Edition

Recently, it has come to my attention that my nerd room of doom has not been arranged or straightened in a year or more.  Longboxes are everywhere, and some of my favorite display items are stacked in the corner in a jumble of boxes, never tasting the light of day.  Though most of it is packed well or in protective storage containers, I still wonder how the high-end collectors find the time and energy to organize and display their collections.  Granted, it’s a little different bagging and boarding your comics when you’ve just spent a six hour shift working at…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Fully Expecting To Hear A Lot About Batman In This One Edition

Being on the ultimate cutting edge of pop culture, I discovered last night that there has been some sort of sporting event on television for the last few days, involving hopping about and leaping off stuff and possibly special necklaces.  For a little while, I suspected it was a new season of Super Sentai, but the Brazilian volleyball players didn’t really fit that paradigm.  But this errant thought led to my wondering how Gokai Green might do on uneven bars (which, frankly, is the kind of thought process that kept me out of the really good schools) and whether he…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Reality Bites Edition

I have often been chastised by fellow fans and my comic-shop co-workers for liking characters who aren’t “serious” or bad@$$ enough for their liking.  As a general rule, I make no excuses for my favorites, but I have often found myself wondering how the adventures of Underdog, Hong Kong Fooey or The Fat Fury are quantitatively any less ridiculous than those of Spider-Man.  Certainly the approach is different, as any comparison of comedy and drama should be, but the suspension of disbelief required isn’t all that different.  Moreover, as Jeff Rovin once notably remarked, the storied feats of Mighty Mouse…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Five-Man Acoustical Kablammicus Edition

Not so long ago, Adriana and I bonded after an episode of Critical Hit about how great it was to finally have the traditional Five-Man Band character set in play.  We spent about an hour just analyzing the form and function of various fictional characters, and had a great time because we are enormous nerds.  The Five-Man Band, per traditional definitions, is a group of characters whose members fall into archetypical roles which all complement one another.  The five character archetypes, as defined by TVtropes.org, are: The Leader, embodied by Orem:  The leader of the group.  Can be a mastermind,…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Funding Can Be Fundamental Edition

When Top Cow Productions announced that it was launching a Kickstarter campaign to support aFREE monthly comic book (in both digital and print editions) I had no idea what to expect.  Now that they’ve actually completed their goal EARLY…  I still have no idea what to expect.  Certainly this won’t be the typical case, as Cyberforce was one of the founding Image Comics titles, and it approaching a big 20th Anniversary date, but the stage has been set for a new era in comics production, now that crowd-sourcing has been proven to help take some of the sales risk out…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Not To Be Confused With Jimmie “JJ” Walker Edition

Back in the 1990s, Marvel Comics debuted ‘Sleepwalker,’ the superheroic adventures of a strange creature from a sleep-dimension (I think that’s in the mall, where they sell the beds with the numbers) who fought crime in the mainstream Marvel U.  Though the book was much maligned, partly due to Marvel editorial declared that it was ‘Sandman done right!’, even though there’s nothing wrong with Neil Gaiman’s magnum opus, Sleepwalker still has fans, including Robert Kirkman, who used Sleepy as a primary character in Marvel Team-Up a few years ago.  ‘Walker’s status as 1990s refugee actually reminds me of the rather…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Break The Walls Down Edition

Neal Adams return to the X-Men was in many way surprising to me, and got me thinking about great returns in pop-culture terms.  Though I’m still impressed by Steve Gerber’s posthumous return to writing Man-Thing, the crown prince is multiple-time WWE Champion Chris Jericho, whose various returns to action  over the last decade-and-a-half (mostly from his second gig as a rock star) never fail to impress, and can still give me goosebumps even now. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) got stopped and dropped by the Walls of Jericho, asking:  What pop-culture “return” (by character, author or actor) stands as…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Twelve Times Fifty-Two Edition

With the first #12 in comic shops, we approach the end of one year of the New 52, probably the biggest gamble any comic company has taken since 1987, the year that the Crisis reset everything.  Some fans are still angry, but I still hear each week that the relaunch brought lapsed readers back into the comic shops, and I am seeing a meaningful influx of real NEW readers for the first time in over a decade.  Whether you like it or not, the New DCU is here to stay (until the next universal shakeup), leading me to question whether everyone…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Mahatma Gandhi, The Pancakes, And the Dragon Redux Edition

Some days, it’s not even worth the price of admission to wake up.  Phil Connors discovered the power of turning a bad day inside out, but he had the advantage of nigh-immortality to help push him along that path. Having managed to pour a glass of water into my laptop moments before the recording of our latest Major Spoilers Podcast, I have been ruminating about the nature of the do-over in pop culture, and wondering if the chance to be a better Bill Murray and winning Andie MacDowell is worth the possibility of becoming Ashton Kutcher without any hands.  Or,…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Otter Disaster Was Always Drawn By Ditko Edition

This week’s Hero History was somewhat slower going than previous ones, in part due to the sheer brilliance of the art in DC’s original Captain Action series from the late 1960’s.  I kept getting swept up in the art (originally done by Wally Wood, then by Gil Kane with Wood inks) and sidetracked from the task of chronicling his exploits.  It reminded me of a discussion I used to have with like-minded nerds in college, wherein we opined on which favorite artist we would rather have creating our world, given the choice.  For a long time, I wanted to live…

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