Batman: Zero Year reaches a new level as The Riddler sends Gotham City into total darkness! “Dark City” begins in this issue that features an appropriately darkened and embossed cover.
This week, Matthew and Stephen explore the dynamic team that makes an impact in Unity #1.
Are there spoilers in this episode? You betcha!
The mysterious being who has been stealing the Doctor’s companions through time stands revealed, and his end-game nears its climax. Can even the brilliant Tenth Doctor stop his rampage, or will Martha Jones fall along with the rest? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Since its arrival with Western imperialists, Christianity has faced much persecution throughout China. During the Boxer Rebellion, many Chinese Christians were executed for their beliefs. The graphic novel, Saints, highlights this religious persecution through the eyes of Fourth Girl, also called Vibiana. Her struggles as a Chinese Christian woman are intertwined with visitations from Joan of Arc, the European French saint, though she had not yet been canonized. Through her visions of Joan, Vibiana must discover her identity when society has not given her one.
The Boxer Rebellion was a failed attempt by China to overthrow imperialist occupants in 1900. Gene Luen Yang fictionalizes this tragic era in China’s long history through two opposite perspectives in companion graphic novels, Boxers and Saints. In Boxer, the reader follows Bao, a farmer’s son given extraordinary magic abilities to drive out foreigners from his homeland. Bao is accompanied by his two brothers and other villagers they recruit along the way to Peking (modern day Beijing). Through a secret ritual, Bao and his boxers summon Chinese gods and heroes that are embodied within them to fight. Boxer is a tale of tragedy, as Bao must not only fight the foreign invaders, but the demons within himself.
These days, crossover between properties is a commonplace affair, with The Shadow meeting The Green Hornet, Captain Action being mentored by Operator Number 5, and the quintessential example of the Punisher’s visit to Riverdale. Back in the day, though, this kind of meeting was something much more rare, but no less interesting… Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
You know how the standard supernatural story goes. Group enters haunted house, one by one they are taken out, then everything wraps up with a big reveal as to the supernatural entity’s motivation, which in the end leads to its demise with maybe one or two of the original group left to escape and live another day.
Well, if you want to read something different along these lines, be sure to pick up the Image comic called Ghosted. The fifth issue in the series, the conclusion to the first story arc, is now at local comics shops and available digitally as well!
Quantum and Woody’s first adventure was full of humor, wit and bizarreness, making for a great read. It’s arguably one of Valiant’s best titles, if not the funniest. Do the world’s worst superheroes continue to entertain? Major Spoilers has your review!
Death Sentence came on the scene with an amazingly original concept. A sexually transmitted virus that gives people superpowers and a six month death sentence. While a little shaky, the first issue provided enough intrigue that I decided to pick up the second. Major Spoilers has your review after the jump!
Continuity, as it applies to comic books, has become something of a dirty word. The common refrain is that a story that references things that has gone before inevitably devolves into nerdery and disappears up its own behind, a recursive ouroboros of backstory and caption-boxes. Well, Faithful Spoilerites, this wasn’t ALWAYS the case…
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Deceit from the future, uncertainty from the past, and a future under fire from all directions. Sounds pretty awful, but for the X-Men? That’s a Tuesday. Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Jason reads all the comics released from DC Comics for October 30, 2013.