News broke earlier this week that Joshua Hale Fialkov would be leaving “Green Lantern Corps” and “Red Lanterns” but the writer has spoken and it has led to speculation by some on the Internet on the nature of his departure.
In news that has come to be expected ever since the start of New 52, DC has decided to cancel six titles and switch up creative teams. All the latest after the jump.
The Internet is still burning over how DC treated Gail Simone last week and through that smoke and haze the comic publisher has announced who will be filling in for her and a few other changes. Click that button for more details.
This week on the show: Gloves that are powerful, realms that are forgotten, and a Superior comic book. Plus, Matthew, Stephen, and Rodrigo discuss the age old tale of who would win in a fight, Christine or Herbie.
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This week on the show: The Complete Bone! Reviews! Odin does something to Iron Man! All this, plus Matthew, too, in this installment of the Major Spoilers Podcast.
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Phoenix Jones, the “citizen superhero” who has gained fame for his efforts in fighting crime in the streets of Seattle while dressed as a masked crusader, will reveal his true story for the first time in an expansive interview with author Ken Goldstein, exclusively at WizardWorld.com, on Wednesday. The site will also feature exclusive video excerpts from the interview and the debut of the first official photo of Benjamin Fodor by noted movie photographer Peter Tangen.
The DCI, the ruling body for Magic: The Gathering tournaments has banned two cards for the Standard tournament type. Stoneforge Mystic and Jace the Mind Sculptor are no longer legal for tournament play in standard, with the somewhat strange exception that, as long as you are playing with the “War of Attrition” Event Deck (and no alterations are made to it) you may still use Stoneforge Mystic in standard tournaments. This is the first time a card has been banned in Standard since 2005.
Have you come up against these two in the past? Are you happy about the change? Hit the comments section and let us know what you think.
As much as we try, none of us are perfect. Some tend to make more mistakes than others – or at least some people are more willing to point out others mistakes more often than they are willing to point out their own… Regardless, when mistakes are made, corrections often follow, and the corrections section of the New York Times has one that makes me smile.
An item in the Extra Bases baseball notebook last Sunday misidentified, in some editions, the origin of the name Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver, which Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey gave one of his bats. Orcrist was not, as Dickey had said, the name of the sword used by Bilbo Baggins in the Misty Mountains in “The Hobbit”; Orcrist was the sword used by the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield in the book. (Bilbo Baggins’s sword was called Sting.)
You may have heard of The Viper, a college student dressed up as a hero patrolling the streets of Columbia, Tennessee, promoting community involvment in preventing crime. Problem is, he isn’t supposed to wear a mask (it’s illegal in Columbia).
Seems more and more people are dressing up and patrolling their neighborhoods. Do you have a masked crime fighter in your city?
In this issue: The Major Spoilers Crew weigh in on recent comic book news, and then spend some time answering listener e-mail.
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While Rodrigo likes to joke that Matthew and I are really old, a new study from Simba Information reports that 25% of adult comic book readers are 65 years of age or older.
“Despite notable efforts from many in the industry, comics and graphic novels continue to be repeatedly mislabeled as just another children’s book category,” said Warren Pawlowski, online publishing manager for Simba Information and an analyst within the company’s Trade Books Group. “With nearly a quarter of the comic reading audience beyond the age of retirement, there is a misconception that needs to be corrected.”
That’s a mighty large group of people who are buying, reading, and collecting comic books (not necessarily in that order). Does this mean publishers will need to find new ways to remain relevant to their older readers? Will we see Clark Kent having a one on one with his broker on what to do with his Daily Planet stock in order to prepare for retirement? Will Spider-Man discover his web-shooters aren’t firing as often as they used to? Will Tony Stark remind Ms. Marvel to take her multi-vitamin to help prevent osteoporosis?
While the Simba study is an interesting one, the bigger question is what is the age range of the other 75% of comic book readers? Does is skew in the same middle-aged range? How many young people (12-21) are reading comics? These are important questions the need answered, but I can’t tell you that information as the full report costs $1,295. It sounds like a fascinating report, but not ME WANT worthy at that price.