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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Mary Sue Loves Mulder So Much More Than Scully Edition

The “Marvel NOW!” initiative promises to reconfigure the Marvel Universe, taking off from the as-yet-unpublished end of AvX into a whole new world where the Hulk wears armor and everyone complains about Cap’s new uniform.  Though I have my own ideas about Marvel continuity, I was taken by Brian Bendis joking that his favorite character in his upcoming X-Men stories is Luke Cage.  (At least, I think  it was a joke.)  Then again, writers often have a pet character that they take with them from series to series: Chris Claremont has Storm, for many years Steve Englehart had the Beast,…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Swan Dive Edition

Recently, there have been reports of die-hard fans of a certain vampire-love-story property (rhymes with “Fry-Might”) being upset that the lead actress cheated in her real-life relationship with the lead actor.  While I don’t necessarily sympathize with someone who starts an affair out of boredom, I am a bit bemused to see fans reacting as if her character had betrayed his, or that because they played a perfect couple in the movies that they must be a perfect couple in real-life.  I’m reminded somewhat of my own love/hate relationship with the works of Dave Sim, a fascinating writer whose opinions…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: And I Must Scream Edition

I am not, by nature, a particularly squeamish human being.  Growing up with a nurse for a mother and a tendency towards curiosity, I learned quickly that things considered gross or horrifying can also be fascinating, and clearly recall a time back in the 70’s when she had to dissect a deceased animal, a process partly done in our dining room.  So when I watched a recent rerun of Family Guy (the hurricane episode, wherein Brian takes psychedelic mushrooms and trips badly) I didn’t expect to be overcome with base revulsion and a literal case of the chills.  This is…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Solomon-HarryHoudini-AlBundy-Zatanna-AdamAnt-Morrisey Edition

With the recent release of Marvel Comics’ new Captain Marvel title and the announcement that the original Cap will be going by Shazam, I’ve been thinking about superhero naming conventions.  In recent years, Marvel has been notorious for having multiple versions of the same character name floating around (right now, there’s a non-Peter-Parker version of Spider-Man in the Dark Avengers, there’s Miles Morales over in the Ultimate universe, and half a dozen alternate universal versions, such as 1601 Peter Parquagh), while DC’s multiple realities made discussions of WHICH Green Lantern had come out as gay akin to an Abbot &…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Where No One Has Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimeyed Before Edition

The latest issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation² featured the iconic be-scarfed Fourth Doctor working alongside the crew of the original series Enterprise to save a remote outpost from the menace of the Cybermen.  Knowing that there are literally decades of history to play with, nearly a dozen Doctors and half a dozen notable Captains in the Stark Trek  franchise, my brain started wondering what ELSE might have happened in this new shared continuity that we don’t yet know about.  Could Khan’s knowledge of eugenics come from The Master?  Could Adric and Wesley have nerded out together…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Will You Won’t You Will You Won’t You Edition

Among the news from out of SDCC was the announcement of a ‘Wonderland’ television series based on Zenescope’s re-imagining of the works of Lewis Carroll.  Having recently done a little bit of reading and research on the subject (we got a HUGE lot of Zenescope comics in, and I wanted an idea of what precisely I am selling), I’ve found that the title contains a lot more violence, sexuality and adult themes than I have seen on regular broadcast network television.  Certainly cable channels have more leeway with TV-MA shows (‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Archer’ come to mind) but that…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Don’t Forget About Val Kilmer Edition

Everyone has been looking forward to the end of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, so much so that reviewers who dared to not like the movie have been met with death threats, and Rotten Tomatoes actually turned off comments on their website due to the dull roar of hatred over a movie that the vast majority of the world hadn’t even seen yet.  Though I’m sad to see the end of the latest Batman series, it’s mostly because I know that they’ll probably reboot with a new origin movie before the end of 2015, and I think Kim Kardashian’s brother…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Glow-In-The-Dark Chromium Hardcover Reversible Foil Enhanced Swahili Fudge Ripple Gatefold Variant Edition

The first reports are in, and Walking Dead #100 is being touted as the best selling comic since the speculator bubble burst back in the 90’s.  Major Spoilers’ own Stephen has been saying damn near forever that the industry needs to diversify it’s output away from Spider-Man and the JLA (but probably not Batman, ’cause that guy is awesome) and the super-hero tributaries, and the success of this book seems to bear him out.  For my part, I can’t help but look at the book’s dozen variant covers and remember the sales gimmicks of the 1990s as well as the…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: That Didn’t Happen In The Book Edition

For some reason, today I awoke to the sound of Cory Haim running away from a werewolf on a motorized wheelchair, thanks to a Stephen King film festival on one of the strange cable movie channels that I inexplicably pay for.  It got me thinking about my love of King’s short stories, and my general disdain for the movies they make out of them.  King has a tendency to end his books on an ominous and unresolved note (recall that only Wil Wheaton’s character actually survived in the book of “Stand By Me,” aka ‘The Body’), which leads helpful producers…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid Edition

Today marks the release date of issue #100 of The Walking Dead, a comic where seemingly no one is safe, save for protagonist Rick Grimes.  As friends, family and relationships are left in pools of blood, guts and zombie germs, the continued survival of Kentucky’s most resourceful cop gets more and more statistically unlikely.  A full review of the issue’s rather shocking events is forthcoming, but it got me thinking about the “never-ending zombie movie” and what future issues hold for Rick and his crew. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks a chopper looks cool, but isn’t practical for…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Showdown In Lowtown Edition

Dynamite Entertainment’s tongue-in-cheek pseudo-crossover with Vampirella and “Fluffy, The Vampire Killer” sounds like a lot of fun, but I think it’s kind of a shame that it’s not an official crossover with the “real” Buffy Summers.  There’s a lot of blood to be wrung from that stone, you should excuse the expression, and given the current status of both titles, a Buffy/Vampirella meeting would be a cinch to set up.  Of course, I’ve always thought it would be awesome if Jack Burton mixed up his trucks and ended up on an adventure driving Optimus Prime, or if Buckaroo Banzai had…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: All We Know Is, Carl Is NOT In The House Edition

News out of Kirkmanville is that the Walking Dead will be adapted for console video games soon, allowing you to experience first-person the sensation of hating Shane, wanting to slap Herschel, and knowing that Carl is nowhere near where you told him to go.  The news of this release prompted my wife to ask when we were getting it, and when they would be adapting Game Of Thrones as well.  (Imagine that world translated into a massive fantasy/strategy game, like a cross between Civilization and World of Warcraft.  It’d be epic, and make fans heads a’splode. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Moon Cosmic Dream Action Edition

I am occasionally accused of knowing nothing about anime or manga, and while there’s a seed of truth to that, the truth is a bit more complicated.  I have at least a basic knowledge of such things, and a deep love of certain (read: 70’s and 80’s) manga properties.  When I first began working in the comics business in the 1990’s, anime & manga were ubiquitous, and I gravitated towards certain properties as the lesser of the available evils, notably the adventures of Sailor Moon.  It’s been nearly a decade since the anime disappeared into Toei’s vaults, but I find…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Don’t Care How, I Want It NOW! Edition

With the official announcement of Marvel’s new publishing strategy, I am left with a number of questions, not the least of which is, “Is that Jean Grey?”  As with any promotional art, I don’t think we can take it entirely literally (I still remember when everyone believed that Gorilla-Man was joining the Avengers because he appeared in a picture like this) but it is interesting to see how Thor, Captain America and Nick Fury, Jr. seem to be drawing from their cinematic selves for visual cues. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wants Rocket Raccoon to lead the Avengers, asking: …

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