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If you are looking for the Major Spoilers reviews of comic books from the comic book industry, you’ve found it! The best and the worst comics are reviewed each week.

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Hero History: Mon-El

Or – “You Waste 10 Lifetimes In A Cosmic Peepshow & See How Normal YOU Are…” In this, the fiftieth anniversary year of that futuristic bunch of super-teens known as the Legion of Super-Heroes, we’re continuing our in-depth look at children of the future (teach them well, and let them lead the way to kick the behinds of the Fatal Five.)  We turn our sights today to the man who was, quite possibly, the most powerful hero alive in the pre-Crisis DCU.  When Superman could fly through suns, move the Earth out of orbit, and see thousands of miles in…

Dark Horse Comics
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #11

Or – “Asking That Musical Question: Who Frenched The Head Slayer?” The wonderful part of the Buffy comic is the way the voices of the characters, though aged and changed, have remained consistent with their TV personae. ‘Course, since the creator of the characters and the head writer of this title are the same guy, it just stands to reason. In early seasons of Buffy, the most fascinating portion of the show wasn’t the monster of the week, it was the high school interactions: Xander kissing Willow. Buffy falling for a loser. Willow’s flirtation with Oz (“I mock you with…

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Justice Society of America #12

Or – “I Thought The Legion Had A Lot Of Characters…” I gotta tell ya, it’s good to see Ving Rhames getting work… I haven’t seen him in anything since the remake of ‘Dawn of the Dead.’ This issue of Justice Society of America is part four of the apparenly endless “Thy Kingdom Come” storyline, and I gotta tell ya: I admit to having a lower tolerance for Alex Ross than most, but I have to wonder if even his most hardcore fans are onboard for this one. Kingdom Come is a fine story, but if it suffered anywhere, it was in its’…

Marvel
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The Twelve #2 (of 12)

Or – “This Is The One Reviving Golden Age Heroes WITHOUT Alex Ross…” The comic book publishing field is full of unexplainable little synchronicities.  The Doom Patrol (a group of outcast super-powered freaks led by a wheelchair bound genius) debuted just months before the X-Men (ditto.)  Swamp Thing and Man-Thing were brainstormed at the same time, The Invaders and the Freedom Fighters showed up nearly simultaneously, and The Avengers and the JLA both had red-skinned androids who were created by their sinister foes go straight and join their teams in 1968 (The…

Dark Horse Comics
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Trades You Should Own: The Escapists

If you haven’t heard of The Escapist, that’s okay, he isn’t a real superhero. Or is he? In the fictional novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, the two protagonists create a comic hero during the Golden Age of comics as a way to escape from their past, but in the process, author Michael Chabon created a character that would transcend the novel form and actually make it to the comic pages.

DC
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Blue Beetle #23 – What Would Ted Kord Do?

This issue proves why you should be reading Blue Beetle. I think too many readers dismissed Jamie Reyes when he first appeared as just another Ted Kord wanna-be, but issue #23 proves he has what it takes to be a hero.

Marvel
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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24

Or – “Because YOU Demanded It. Repeatedly…” Alright! I give up! I have finally reached the point where I can no longer make excuses not to cover Marvel’s heaviest hitter. I tried to argue that there was too much backstory to recap, but then I keep reading Captain America. I tried to argue that the timeframes were too convoluted, but I keep reading Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Avengers: The Initiative. I tried to fight my own best judgment, but the ‘One More Day’ storyline claims to be the biggest thing to happen to Spider-Man since non-bunching spandex, and it’s drawn…

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The Flash #233 – The Wild Wests: Fleeting Lives

Way to tackle a tough subject Waid! Any superhero comic is bound to showcase an alien invasion at some point, and Waid is more than willing to give service to that meme in his latest take on the Flash. Things looked pretty bleak for the Wests last issue, but with the JLA making an appearance, what better way for Waid to redefine the idea of the Flash Family?

DC
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Countdown #27 – Disasters, Great and Otherwise

All roads lead to Apokolips Once again we are faced with a new installment of Countdown. But unlike last week’s issue that was full of half-steps and little progression, this week actually has some interesting progressions that move the story forward. It’s just too bad the issue slips back into its old habit of revealing the ending right on the cover.

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Checkmate #19

Or – “How Amanda Got Her Hardcase Groove Back…” One of our faithful Spoilerites made the assertion last month that Amanda Waller has been painted as pure villain since this series began, that her actions have kept her on the “bad” side of the equation from the get-go. While I can certainly see and concede part of that point, I think it’s important to keep in mind that Sasha Bordeaux tends to be the point of view character of this ensemble, and that Amanda’s actions are being filtered (somewhat) through that prism. The Wall is nothing if not uncompromising, and…

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The Death of the New Gods #1

This is the end… the end, my friend, the end… Forget those Search for Ray Palmer one-shots, Death of the New Gods is the first major crossover/tie-in title with Countdown, and one would think it would be a major issue kicking off the conclusion to a series started 30 years ago. I mean, we’re talking the Death of the New Gods. They’re gods, how can they die? It must be something pretty damn ominous to kill off gods. Why then am I so disappointed?

Marvel
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Thunderbolts #117

Or – “Leonard Samson Is My New Hero…” Since Warren Ellis took over the Thunderbolts several months ago, we have watched, month after month, as the only really honorable team members have been sidelined, and petty viciousness has ruled the day. Norman Osborn has ruled with a Prozac-fueled iron fist, Moonstone has manipulated everyone in the most blatant manner possible, Venom bit off a superhero’s limb, and with the notable exception of American Eagle, we haven’t really seen a much in the way of truly heroic moments. With Robbie Baldwin popping his cork, Normie has been forced to call in…

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Justice League of America #14

Or – “Superman And Black Lightning Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me…” Ed Benes’ art is what Opus T. Penguin might refer to as a “full-blown bull-moose gonzo whopper of a mixed blessing.” On the one hand, he has a slick line and the kids really seem to dig his work. On the other hand, just look at Wonder Woman’s pectoral region in that shot. The Amazing Amazon shouldn’t be a quarter-millimeter from a Janet Jackson moment, in my opinion, and compounding the issue is the presence of Vixen’s protruding sompin-sompin and Black Canary’s fishnetted how’s-your-uncle clearly in view on either…

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She-Hulk #22

Or – “A Change In Focus Is Pretty Much What She-Hulk Does Best…” Peter David’s text page in this issue pretty much sums up my thoughts on She-Hulk. Initially, she was created to fulfill a copyright need, to keep anyone from knocking off Marvel’s intellectual property, and her first series was a bit lackluster because of that. Her second book was marked by John Byrne’s specific fourth-wall-breaking take on the character, and when he left, the series floundered and eventually got cancelled. Dan Slott relaunched the character in 2003 with another ground-breaking revamp, casting Jennifer Walters as the main character,…

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