Major Spoilers Podcast #537: Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Other Stories


This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Controversy at DC, Hellboy, and a rapid-fire review of new comics.

DC Wants You to Draw Harley Quinn

Kings Watch #1
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Marc Laming
Panic spreads across the world. Strange phenomena fills the skies. Millions have nightmares of wild lands filled with horrible creatures… then wake to find the monsters are real. What are three men willing to sacrifice to save us all? Superstar writer Jeff Parker (Dark Avengers, Red She-Hulk) and artist Marc Laming (Planet of the Apes) deliver the earth-crushing event of 2013, featuring Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician like you’ve never seen them!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Trevor Hairsine
Across ten millennia and a thousand battlefields, Gilad Anni-Padda has traversed the darkest, most mysterious corners of history. But the horror and bloodshed of constant warfare has finally taken its toll on the man myth calls the Eternal Warrior…and he has abdicated his duties as the Fist and the Steel of Earth for a quiet life of seclusion. But when a blood vendetta from the distant past suddenly reappears in the modern day, he must decide if he will return to the ways of war…for the child who betrayed him thousands of years ago…

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Cassian Steele is the boss of the werewolf mafia in the Big Easy, and he’s got a problem. The old witch Verona knows his secret and has gone into hiding. Cassian wants her dead. So he sends out the word: An open contract. The first monster to dust Verona gets a big payday. What no one realizes is that Barnabus Black, a demon desperately trying to regain his halo, is her protection.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Jeff Lemire
In the heart of the Amazon jungle, Nika, a scientist from the year 3797, and William, an explorer from 1921, struggle not only to survive but to make sense of the mind-bending events that have pulled them together across space and time. The mysteries continue to pile up as Vertigo’s new sci-fi epic launches into high gear.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
Last week, DC Comics kicked off Villains Month and the Forever Evil event with a series of lenticular covers. Obviously it’s a marketing gimmick that ups the cover price, shines the spotlight on the company, and hopefully gets the reader to pick up the book and buy it.  But are you impressed with results?
Are you impressed with the end result of DC’s 3D “moving” covers?

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Hellboy Volume 03: The Chained Coffin and Others (Hellboy Library Volume 2)
Mike Mignola’s story notes accompany the long out-of-print stories, giving insight into their creation and inspiration. Some consider Mignola’s short stories better than the full-length novels, and this collection makes a strong argument for that, especially with Mignola’s masterpiece, “The Corpse.”

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