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DCFeaturedJustice League of AmericaRetro ReviewReview

Many an internet wag has derogatory things to say about the “Justice League Detroit.”  Time now, Faithful Spoilerites, not to bury these young heroes, but to praise them. Yes.  Even Vibe…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Justice League Of America #236 awaits!

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FeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReviewX-Men

Not a dream!  Not a hoax!  This issue, AN X-MAN DIES! Man, I hope this doesn’t start a terrible trend or something…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of X-Men #95 awaits!

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Blue BeetleCharlton ComicsFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

Though the Blue Beetle (or, more to the point, one of the Blue Beetles) has been part of the DC Universe since 1986 or so, his storied career dates back to the very beginning of the Golden Age.  With everyone’s favorite Beetle, Ted Kord, back in the spotlight in Convergence, it seems like the perfect time to delve into his history and see a little of what makes him so beloved… Strap in, Faithful Spoilerites, it’s time for the origins of the Blue Beetle!  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Blue Beetle #2 awaits!

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DCFeaturedFlashRetro ReviewReview

Ladles and jellyspoons, Faithful Spoilerites, friends, Romans, countrymen! I hereby present to you the origin of the finest and most perfect superhero costume of all time.  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Flash #135 awaits!

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FeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReviewSecret Wars

With a new Secret Wars on the horizon, I figured it might be a good time to look back the Regan administration, a time when Jim Shooter was editor-in-chief, Professor X was still alive and nobody had broken Captain America’s shield…  yet.  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #1 awaits!

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Eclipse ComicsFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewZot!

Some people like their heroes grim and angry, brimming with venom and covered in the dirt of the filthy streets of a mean city.  That’s cool and all, but have you ever wondered what would happy if your hero was incorrigibly happy?  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Zot! #1 awaits!

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DCFeaturedGreen LanternRetro ReviewReview

The shocking truth about drugs, but more importantly about parental neglect, as Speedy returns and everything changes for Green Arrow…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Green Lantern #85 awaits!

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Captain AmericaFeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReview

Sometimes, you meet people who just rub you the wrong way…  For Captain America circa 1986, that man was the diminutive X-Man known as Wolverine.  Can they set aside their differences long enough to prevent catastrophe?  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Captain America Annual #8 awaits! Sometimes, you meet people who just rub you the wrong way…  For Captain America circa 1986, that man was the diminutive X-Man known as Wolverine.  Can they set aside their differences long enough to prevent catastrophe?  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Captain America Annual #8 awaits! CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #8 Writer: Mark Gruenwald Penciler:

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FeaturedHillman PeriodicalsRetro ReviewReview

Often times, the comics of the Golden Age are bizarre and terrible.  But every once in a while, you find an issue that makes you wonder why it’s characters aren’t still being published today, and this one is a doozy!  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Clue Comics #1 awaits!

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BatmanDCFeaturedHarley QuinnRetro ReviewReview

Younger readers may find it hard to believe, but Harley Quinn hasn’t been a part of the Joker’s world for very long.  In fact, her first DCU appearance is barely fifteen years old, not even old enough to get into a rated-R movie.  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Batman: Harley Quinn #1 awaits!

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Fantastic FourFeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReview

With the upcoming (hopefully temporary) end of Fantastic Four drawing near, we may be entering a strange new Fantastic Four-free world for the first time in decades.  Seems like a good time to check out the issue that made the team what it is today. No, not Fantastic Four #1, that’s just the origin, I’m talking about the REAL beginning…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Fantastic Four #3 awaits!

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Eclipse ComicsFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewThe Spirit

Dozens and dozens of our favorite comic book characters are created as homages of, tributes to, or blatant rip-offs of previously existing characters.  It is, by this point, the nature of the beast, and leads us to more than a few interesting stories.  There are many ways to acknowledge your literary influences, but sometimes it’s best to just own up to it…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Eclipse Monthly #8 awaits!

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Action ComicsDCFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewVixen

With her upcoming animated series, lot of folks are suddenly talking about the superhero called Vixen for the very first time.  Though her planned 1977 solo title was cancelled before it ever got off the ground, The Vixen was bound and determined to make her way to the DC Universe.  Still, her first appearance may not be exactly what you’re expecting…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Action Comics #521 awaits!

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FeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReviewSpider-ManTodd McFarlane

Like any comic nerd, I have opinions.  George Perez is amazing, The Wasp is the greatest Avengers leader in history, not enough people appreciate the beauty of the black-and-white ‘Deadly Hands Of Kung-Fu’ title from the 1970s.  But it’s not all beer and Skittles, even in my head, and sometimes I worry that I’m too hard on the comics of the 1990s, and so today I’m going to re-examine one as a grown-up, and see if younger me was overly critical.  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Spider-Man #1 awaits!

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