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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.

Justice Society Of America #6

Or – “The Lightning Rods Are Important… They MEAN Something.” The return of the annual JLA/JSA team-up is an interesting card to have played this early in the run of the two books, for several reasons. Primarily, neither team has really established their status quo at this point, making it obvious that certain important moments have to have taken place off-screen. Secondly, they’ve resurrected the old Len Wein/Cary Bates tradition of adding a THIRD team to the proceedings, which takess the focus off the two teams who JUST GOT TOGETHER. And most confusingly, that third team is the Legion of…

Heroes For Hire #10

Or – “Wanna See The Last Thing A Slow Dinosaur Sees?” The Savage Land is a harsh mistress. With the team separated, conflict in the air, everybody acting strangely, Colleen dipped in monkey pheromones, and more sexual tension than you could reasonably shake a stick at, things are not looking up for our favorite group of adventurers in tight pants. Big doings in the offing for the H4H, but we can at least be comforted by the lack of rapacious alien appendages…

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Dynamo 5 #3

Or – “Here’s The Story… Of A Superhero…  Who Couldn’t Keep His Hoohah In His Pants!” He had children everywhere… With different mothers… Some of them real cute girls. Till the one day when the hero met his maker… And his secret found out by his angry wife… So she gathered all the kids and gave them costumes… That’s the way they all became Dynamo 5! Dy-NA-mo Fiiive! Dy-NA-Mo Five! That’s the waaay they becaaame DY-NA-MO 5! *ba nana na na naaah naaa naaah!*

Supergirl & The Legion of Superheroes #30

Or – “Did NOT See That One Coming.” For all the love I give the original incarnation of the Legion, it’s sometimes important to note that the book does still come out monthly, and while we’re a couple of reboots down the line, I feel like the creative minds behind it are again firing on all cylinders. Aside from my ongoing lament about the loss of the less powerful or later-period original Legionnaires, (Bouncing Boy, Matter-Eater Lad, Tyroc, and the Substitute Heroes are mostly missing, and later characters like Wildfire, Dawnstar, & Blok are, as yet, undepicted) and echoing Christopher…

Countdown #49

“There’s something wrong with that boy.” I was sorely disappointed last week after reading Countdown #50 as it seemed a huge section of continuity for the last 20 years was thrown out the window to advance the story. Jimmy Olsen acted rather strange, knew the identities of superheroes, and seemed completely oblivious to his immanent death. As suspected, all is not right with Jimmy Olsen.

Birds of Prey #106

Or – “Things Continue To Fall To Pieces… Thanks, Spy Smasher!” With the rather unhappy news that Gail Simone is leaving ‘Birds of Prey,’ the title she pretty much made excellent again, I was a little bit saddened to see this issue in my hold bin. In my mind, it meant one less issue of awesome Gail writing… Turns out my mourning was very much premature, as BoP gave us a nice couple of twists on the traditional comic book fight scene, some character development for several of our twelve or thirteen main characters, and made me almost like the…

She-Hulk #18

Or – “Initiate THIS, Iron Dictator!” Anthony Stark has made enemies of virtually everyone in the Marvel Universe in the last six months, faithful Spoilerites, not the least of which include many of US. And while there are those among the “Legion of Iron-Haters” who are more popular, or arguably more powerful, even some that Stark considers a bigger threat, the Iron Dictator is about to get a lesson in why not to underestimate Jennifer Walters, who combines power, intellect, and the desire to protect her family into a potent big green anti-Stark missile. Look at her eyes… Jennifer is…

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Madman Atomic Comics #2

Or – “Sometimes It’s So Good To See An Old Friend, You Don’t Notice That He’s Crazy…” Mike Allred is one of those creators where even the people who don’t enjoy his art don’t say it’s bad, they say they don’t “get it.”  The stylization and animation influences in his drawing can be off-putting to some readers (Hi, Tom!) but the same can be said of Frank Miller’s Sin City work, which draws on many of the same influences (film noir, Hong Kong action movies, ultra-violence and movie romance) but in a completely different way.  I may be the first person…

Captain America #26

Or – “Do Not Fear Death So Much, But Rather The Inadequate Life…” Berthold Brecht said that, and it serves as a pretty fitting epitaph for our Steve Rogers, as well as a cautionary tale. It works as warning to Tony Stark… as a cold comfort to Sharon Carter… as a benchmark for Sam Wilson. And for James Buchanan Barnes, it’s a horrible and isolating reminder that the most heartless cliché of them all is “It’s never too late.” The Marvel Universe is in mourning, but there’s still work to be done, and while nobody here seems to want the…

Countdown #50

Jimmy Olsen: Idiot Savant or Just Plain Idiot? One of the biggest plotlines hyped by DC for Countdown has been the death of Jimmy Olsen. *Gasp!* goes the crowd, “You can’t off one of comicdom’s greatest characters!” But after reading this issue, I agree with the Joker – Jimmy Olsen MUST die!

Checkmate #14

Or – “Finally, A Break From Iron Man Bashing. I’m EXHAUSTED…” Usually, I try to space these out with a little more give-and-take, but last weeks comic book haul was rather Marvel-heavy, and for some odd reason, I haven’t been in an “Outsiders and Checkmate on a covert mission” writing mood. Now that I’ve reread it, I remember that this has been a pretty impressive crossover between two of DC’s better-written middle-of-the-road-selling books, but I fear that they’re “preaching to the choir,” that the people who read one book already read the other. The days of complete Marvel Zombies may…

Fallen Son: The Death Of Captain America – Captain America

Or – “How To Really Over-Think Both The Title And The Concept.” I don’t think there’s any question that Marvel intends for us to be morally bothered by the actions of Iron Man during and after the Civil War. Even with Joey Da Q’s constant reiteration of the mantra that “in the real world we’d want these people to be licensed and trained,” (an argument which is irrelevant, I might add) the actions of Iron Man are beyond reprehensible. This issue only serves to underline the fact that Tony Stark has officially gone around the bend, and it’s just a…

Marvel Adventures: Avengers #12

Or – “The First Avengers Book In Months That Didn’t Leave Me Angry Or Confused…” Friday night, my pal Jason at Gatekeeper Hobbies (Huntoon & Gage, Topeka! Ask ’em about Matter-Eater Lad and see how many of them look frightened!) had a graduation or a family wake or a beer bust or something, and asked me to cover his shift. While going through a couple of long-boxes and organizing a couple of years worth of books that were meant to be purchased (but obviously were NOT) by the local library, including a ton of Archie, Sonic The Hedgehog, G.I. Joe,…

Hero History: Matter-Eater Lad

Or – “With A Name Like Matter-Eater Lad, You KNOW He’s Got To Be Good…” Gail Simone, one of the best comic writers of our time, recently said something incredibly wise about the creators who claim to only want to work on the the top-of-the-line characters.  Gail’s response to this was something akin to “if they’re not first-rate characters, MAKE THEM first-rate characters.”  Her advice goes double for today’s review subject, one of the most denigrated characters of all time.  Matter-Eater Lad has never gotten any respect, sometimes not even from his fellow Legionnaires, and he’s often trotted out as an excuse for…

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