After 8 years (!!) at Major Spoilers, I like to think I have a general idea of what works and doesn’t work in the worlds of comic books. Every once in a while, though, a creator or title presents a quandary that’s not easy to puzzle out, even for a nerd with my tenure and experience. Indeed, I’m still not sure whether or not today’s review is a good idea or not, but what’s life without a bit of risk? Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Cerebus #300 awaits!
As Major Spoilers resident old guy, I remember when this issue of Incredible Hulk first hit the stands, with its front-cover warning that the main character doesn’t appear anywhere in the pages. I wondered if the issue could be any good, and picked it up out of curiostiy. The results were… unexpected. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Incredible Hulk #380 awaits!
With the advent of Batman, Inc., Bruce Wayne has turned his masked alter-ego into a worldwide franchise. With Batman all around the world, each using their own unique skill-sets, it’s as though the Caped Crusader is in 15 places at once. Of course, this isn’t the first time such an arrangement has occurred (and Grant Morrison knew it, thank you very much.) Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Detective Comics #215 awaits!
The art form known as comics has been through a lot in a little over a century, but did you know one of the most widely beloved heroes of the 1940s didn’t originate in comic books at all? Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of The Spirit #1 awaits!
With the recent release of ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’, I’ve read a number of comments on the internet that opined that Marvel should get off their butts and do a real sequel to the classic tale. Of course, what many don’t realize is that said sequel has already appeared, over 20 years ago! Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Excalibur #67 awaits!
I sometimes make the assertion that Barry Allen’s death might have been the best thing to happen to DC Comics in the 80s, giving the Justice League a fallen hero to live up to, giving a once-stagnant universe some life-or-death stakes, and (most importantly) elevating Kid Flash Wally West to the major leagues. While Barry ran illogically fast and claimed it was science, Wally actually explored what superhuman speed REALLY meant and what it could really do. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Flash #91 awaits!
The recent spate of comic movies and television shows has some declaring that it’s never been a better time to be a fan of superheroes and other such frippery. But those who remember the past can tell you it’s not the first such boom period, nor will it be the last, and while the rising tide may lift all ships, not everything that comes of comics’ periodic salad days will be memorable for the right reasons… Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Super-Heroes #1 awaits!
Reactivated in a strange future world, Machine Man has been hounded at every turn by lackeys of Sunset Bain, the woman who disassembled him in the first place. He’s about to show her the error of her ways… Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Machine Man #4 awaits!
The most wonderful part of Retro Reviews comes in seeing the trends that people think of as “modern” in play in comics decades old. In 2011, DC made serious changes to the Man Of Steel’s mythos, power set and back story, but did you know that something VERY similar had already taken place… …FOUR. DECADES. EARLIER. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Superman #233 awaits!
In honor of Star Wars Day, Retro Review is off into a galaxy far, far away. (For best results, turn your font yellow, and read with your computer screen tilted to about a 30-degree angle.) The Star Wars Expanded Universe may no longer be officially canon to Lucasfilm/Disney, but that doesn’t mean WE ever have to let it go! Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Star Wars Tales #1 awaits!
There was a time at Marvel Comics where the ‘shared universe’ principle that had built the foundation of the House Of Ideas was universal for ALL Marvel titles. Shang-Chi started out in an adaptation of Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels, while Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and the mighty Shogun Warriors were all adapted squarely into the world of Spider-Man and Captain America. Even Toho’s legendary giant reptilian creature, known to some as Monster Zero-One, became a part of the mainstream Marvel Universe. But where were YOU when Godzilla fought the legendary Champions of Los Angeles? Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of
If you’ve every bought or sold old comics, or haunted the quarter bins of your local shop, you’ve probably bumped into many Charlton Comics. As the original printer of Captain Atom, the Question and others (as well as one of several publishing houses to handle the Blue Beetle property, as well as the originator of the beloved Ted Kord version), Charlton Comics is mostly a footnote in the history of comic books. Of course, that doesn’t mean they didn’t create a few comic gems in their four decades of publishing… Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Charlton Premiere #2 awaits!
You may have heard about this new movie, one that brings back the Star-Spangled Avenger, and introduces one of his longest-serving supporting cast-members to the cinematic Marvel U, but are you familiar with the story as it unfolded in the comics? Your Major Spoilers review of Captain America #117 awaits!