Browsing: Question Of The Day

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: You Must Beware His Wrath Edition

One of the awesome pluses of having a Digital Video Recorder is that ability to save certain shows in an easily accessible format indefinitely.  My DVR contains a number of gems, including the Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Mayhem of The Music Meister,” a true classic of both the superhero and musical genres.  Naysayers would bray that Batman could NEVER work in the format of a musical, but naysayers are, by and large, full of beans. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) gives you a C, a bouncy C, asking: What character or property would make for the…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: RAY-RAY! *kablam* Edition

When I was a kid back in the late Pleistocene Era, a video game was a different beastie.  Instead of a Master Chief or a Samus Aran, you took the role of a faceless triangle or square, shooting straight-line lasers at blocky enemies, or perhaps deflecting a square with a straight-line.  If you wanted to get really complicated, sometimes there would be TWO squares involved.  These days, even the downloadable games for your cellphone have marketable characters with distinct personalities.  My daughter’s is still quite enamored of a certain yellow avian who, due to his distinct battle cry, she has…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Heart Is Probably Not Really A Power At All Edition

Critical Hit recording sessions always leave me totally overamped and excited, and the latest one was no exception.  I’ve played a lot of sessions of a lot of games (often ignoring a lot of rules) but I love how our Critical Hit team hits a real sweet spot in terms of player and character balance.  With the addition of a new party member and some sweet official character designs from the always-amazing Thomas Perkins, I’ve been contemplating the meta-existence of Orem, Torq, Randus, Trelle and Ket.  I’m absolutely pleased at the our new status as a tradition Five Man Band…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: T-1000 Memorial Edition

Opinions are, as a common aphorism will tell you, equal parts ubiquitous and odiferous, but they constitute 35% of the traffic on the internet.  (The remainder of the internet consists of 40% porn, 22% slander and 8% butterscotch ripple.)  One opinion that I run into often is the assessment that practical special effects, i.e. actually throwing a stuntman out of a building like Burt Reynolds did in ‘Sharkey’s Machine’ is better than computer-generating the equivalent, like James Cameron did in ‘Titanic.’ The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) demands to know whether you’ve seen this boy, asking:  Do you prefer “practical”…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: UHF II – This Time It’s Personal Edition

This week’s Top 5 podcast is a good one, talking about the things that we miss from our childhoods, and making Stephen and I once again realize just how very, very old he is.  I also realize that the years of our youth hold dozens of hidden corners of dusty pop culture that might be harboring the Next Big Thing.  In this age of Name RecognitionTM, any property can and will be strip-mined for rebooting, and any schmendrik can tell us what bits of ephemera SHOULDN’T be dredged up from the well-spring of years past(*coughbattleshipcough*), but what about those things…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Entitlement Issues Edition

The process of generating the Question Of The Day is unpredictable, and often, I struggle for a good topic.  That’s why I was so happy when Major Spoilers’ own Zach hit me with today’s query out of the blue, like Rocky Rococo’s brown paper bag full of pickle.  In the latest issue of Mudman, creator Paul Grist opined that putting the title of a comic book at the END of the story completely undermined the point of having a title, while Zach reports that the title of the first issue of the revived ‘Legends Of The Dark Knight’ gave up…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Where’s Wally West Edition?

Interestingly, my last several reviews have all dealt with the concept of the legacy hero (both Nite-Owl and Jay Garrick are the progenitors of an identity, while Tommy Watts is dealing with the spectre of his dead brother.)  It got me thinking about the nature of the “Legacy Hero,” which then made me realize that the most successful ones have all been returned to their secondary roles.  Even Dick Grayson’s much-publicized step up to the big cape has been reverted, which says something about permanance in comics (though that’s probably a different MS-QOTD.) The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Meanwhile, At The Hall Of Justice Edition

DC’s relaunched, revamped and rejiggered universe (the proverbial New 52) is creeping up on the end of it’s first year, and there are rumors of upcoming creative changes, including the possibility of a new art team for their centerpiece title, Justice League. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always “misquoted”) is banded together from remote galaxies, asking: What artist or art team would you hand-pick to take over Justice League?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Hold Me Close, Young Tony Danza Edition

Year ago, in my long-lost radio days, a friend and I spent a particularly dull afternoon disagreeing vehemently on what Springsteen meant when he wrote “wrapped up like a douche, another runner in the night.”  (Len was absolutely wrong, by the way, as the lyrics clearly say “Held up like a loofah by the foreman of the night.”)  This morning, while returning from the grocery store and listening to me sing along to the radio, the child wanted to know what Sting meant when he sang “Now I know my local purple song.” The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always “misquoted”) is…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Teach Them Well And Let Them Lead The Way Edition

Literally minutes ago, my eight-year-old piped up with “Daddy…  Did you forget the Question Of The Day?”  I realized two things at that moment:  First, yes, I had forgotten the MS-QOTD.  And second, the child is WAAAY too smart, and her teenage years are going to be murder.  She then told me that she had a question of the day, telling me about her friend who isn’t allowed to watch Power Rangers, and how she can’t figure out why his mother doesn’t allow it.  “It’s just fake, and I don’t even think that the Samurais KNOW any real karate anyway. …

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: U.S. Of Archie Edition

A recent discussion with Adriana (of Critical Hit and Super Future Friends infamy) led to an in-depth analysis of character roles, and a comparison of the Critical Hit cast to the cartoon Archie Gang.  (Ket=Reggie, Torq=Jughead, and Trelle=Betty, by the way.)  Many people have compared the relative merits of young Ms. Cooper versus Veronica Lodge, but the recent X-Men revelations raised another question for me… The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “Reginald”) wants you to know that you are it’s candy girl, asking:  Is it weird or it is perfect that Archie Comics did a same-sex wedding first?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: What’s In A Name Edition

Reports from the set of Iron Man 3 indicate that an armor resembling Norman Osborn’s Iron Patriot suit are set to appear.  Moreover, the suit’s pilot is reportedly not Norm-O, but Eric Savin aka Coldblood-7 (last seen unconscious on the battlefield during the Civil War crossover.)  Aside from the obviously cool visual of a Fourth of July Iron Man suit, though, I find myself wondering why they wouldn’t create a new charater for the movie.  Or, even better, why not use the similar Detroit Steel, who holds the double benefit of being both active in the current-day Marvel Universe AND…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Victoria And Ted Memorial Edition

The upcoming wedding of Northstar and Kyle (known to the paparazzi as “Northstyle”) has made me all nostalgic for past superhero weddings, and couples who probably SHOULD have gotten married, but for whatever reason, never did.  (At least Paul Levitz had the decency to put Blok and Mysa together again.) The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wants to have and to hold, love, honor and obey, asking:  Which pop-culture couple (retconned or unretconned) is your favorite?

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Major Spoilers Question of the Day: I am Spartacus Edition

Many of you have already picked up on the subtle, or maybe not so subtle wording in the latest issue of Empire Magazine where David Goyer hints that Batman may die in The Dark Knight Rises. “The final scene of The Dark Knight Rises is exactly that scene we talked about then,” says Goyer, speaking to Empire from his LA office almost four years later. “It remained completely unchanged. We both knew in our hearts that we were onto something special. I have to tell you, having finally seen everything strung together a little while ago and seeing that scene,…

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