Browsing: Question Of The Day

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Dancing Gopher Edition

Complications at the RWJ this week, combined with the annual tax season, have started me thinking about questions of the almighty buck.  Carl Spackler seemed to have it all figured out, thanks to the Lama and all, but you have to wonder if, f’rinstance, Ric Flair ever regrets his career path or Samuel L. Jackson wants to stop and smell the roses… The MS-QOTD (pronounced “misquoted”) for the day is this:  Assuming you couldn’t have both, would you rather be handsomely compensated or achieve total consciousness?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Cosplay It Again, Sam…

With the extensive reporting from C2E2 ’12, I was almost convinced that I want to go to a comic convention again.  Sure, it would only take a few minutes of people bumping into me to change that, but in those first minutes I always enjoy the convention goers, especially those who choose to attend in costume.  My particular stature doesn’t lend itself to a lot of non-Bedrock-derived costumes (Herbie Popnecker, Chuck Taine and, if he counts, Harry Knowles are all options, though) but it did start a particular train of thought… The MS-QOTD (pronounced “misquoted”) for today is this:  If…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Death & Taxes Edition

Today is, historically, the end of the Tax Year in the United States, and a day that many people fear and procrastinate about.  (Me, I just pay in too much all year and cash it out in February, because I’m too irresponsible for a real savings account.)  As for the man with the widow’s peak above, I’m pretty sure that Superman’s lack of a social security number or legal identification (not to mention his public status as an alien) would probably render him immune to United States taxation… Today’s MS-QOTD (pronounced “Throatwobbler Mangrove”) is this: Who is more likely to…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Under-Rated Threat Level Edition

It occurred to me as I was browsing this week’s comics that they day of the one-shot villain (known colloquially as “Marvel Team-Up Bad Guys” in the parlance) have gone by the wayside.  It seems that the heroes these days only battle their lifelong nemesis/dark mirror, or against other heroes, and the days of random goofy villains are gone, except for maybe Bob Kirkman’s ‘Invincible.’ The Saturday Mornin’ MS-QOTD is one of those questions that occur to you when you’ve been perusing the back issue bins:  What one-shot/old-school/underrated villains do you most want to see returned and revamped?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Remedial Chaos Theory Edition

This week, Marvel Comics announced that the “Spider-Men” teaser promotions were, in fact, exactly what it said on the tin: The first (direct) meeting between Marvel and Ultimate Marvel.  As the proud owner of “Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali” and the sublime goofiness of “Archie Meets The Punisher”, what impressed me most was not news of the crossover, but the fact that Marvel was able to hold off for more than 10 years before doing it, a rare display of restraint for a comic publisher. The MS-QOTD (pronounced “misquoted”) for today is this:  How big a deal IS this crossover?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Critical Hitters Edition

As of this writing, I am feverishly poring over my character sheets and awaiting the siren call of Skype to start another Critical Hit recording session.  Rodrigo has sternly warned us all about the consequences of any sort of next season Spoilers (Did you know there was such a thing as a Neutron Wedgie?), so I won’t give anything away here, but I’m very much looking forward to tonight’s gaming… The MS-QOTD, Faithful Spoilerites and Critical Hitters alike, is simple:  What are you most looking forward to/afraid of in the coming Critical Hit season?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Rated “B” For Bat-Shark-Repellant Edition

Multiple sources are reporting that the upcoming ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ has been officially rated PG-13 for the usual mayhem and fighty-fighty, but also for “some sensuality and language.”  Given that Catwoman is in the film, one might presume that this means a little Bruce/Selina shipping going on, but I’m hoping for a full-fledged curse-word-laden blow-up from Michael Caine as Alfred.  (“What do you BLOODY mean you’ve blown up the mansion again??”) I’ve searched for information on the plot online, but I’m pretty sure that all of the stuff I found is false, mostly because I can’t see Bruce Wayne…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: The Numbers Game Edition

So, the preliminary March sales numbers are in, and it seems that Marvel Comics took back the top spot, while the dollar share and market share numbers tell a slightly different story.  The thing is, Marvel’s #1 comic for March (Avengers Vs. X-Men #1) actually didn’t go on sale until April.  The issue was shipped during March, however, and that was enough to make the House of Ideas once again King of The Hill… In the call center business, we call this type of chicanery “massaging the numbers,” and I find it to be one of the more unsavory things…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Proactive Gun-Jumping Edition

With the recent sad end of several of the first batch of DC’s New 52 titles, and the upcoming New 52 Wave Two, I started to wonder about the fates of characters left behind in the universal schisms that Barry Allen’s (rather Freudian) chronal antics caused.  What of Elongated Man?  Or Peacemaker?  The Black Pirate?  The Law’s Legionnaires?  The Guardian?  The Young Heroes?  Misfit?  And, for the love of Egg-Fu, what about Ambush Bug??? Today’s MS-QOTD (pronounced “misquoted”) for Faithful Spoilerites everywhere is this:  What titles need to be part of a theoretical New 52 Wave Three?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Brave New Worlds Edition

Back in 1997 or so, I happened upon a box containing a complete set of the mid-80’s Red Circle comics featuring the Archie heroes.  I was already a fan of the !mpact Comics versions, but this carton of comics was like stumbling onto a new comics world, as broad as Marvel, as old as DC, but unexplored and untamed.  As Archie Comics prepares their new all-digital Crusaders revival, I find myself ready to whole-heartedly commit to the digital comics revolution for the first time, just for New Crusaders. The MS-QOTD, Faithful Spoilerites, is this:  What characters, creators or concepts could…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Buckles/Pouches/Gritted Teeth Edition

A quick flip through the latest Previews catalog has revealed a new ongoing series for Supreme, multiple high-profile creator gigs for Rob Liefeld, a relaunched Valiant Universe and more Clinton-era comic book throwbacks.  This year, amazingly, marks the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics and the paradigm shift that ended comics Bronze Age, which has started my mental gears a’turnin’… Today’s question for you, the Faithful Spoilerites, is this:  Which 1990’s-era properties/creators do you most look forward to seeing return?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: AVX Q&A Edition

With Avengers Vs. X-Men just around the corner (expect my review soon) many of the matchups are already known.  While my interest is piqued by a couple of the announced battles, I’m kind of wishing that we could get a little “Hawkeye Vs. Beast”, “Mimic Vs. Captain America” or “Monica Rambeau Vs. Jean Grey” action going on… So, my question to you, Faithful Spoilerites, comes in two parts:  What AvX matchups are you most looking forward to seeing, and which intriguing pairings did they miss?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Believing The Hype Edition

Marvel Studios has recently released what I believe to be the 3,472nd trailer for the upcoming Joss Whedon-directed “Avengers” movie.  Major Spoilers head honcho Stephen has been heard to wonder whether the over-clocked hype machine was an indication that the studio was worried about the quality of the film, or just about the competition with a certain caped crusader… My question to you, Faithful Spoilerites, is this:  When it comes to your chosen entertainment, how much hype is TOO much hype?

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Take It Out In Trade Edition

In my latest review, I found myself remembering why I prefer to read certain series in the collected format.  While I remain an avid believer that the monthly individual issue can still be a viable vehicle for comic book art, a case can be made some stories simply work better in larger portions. So, Faithful Spoilerites, regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of “Issues Vs. TPBs”, the question of the day is this:  Are there books that simply read better in the trade?

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