This week, I have a special conversation with Robert Venditti, who created The Surrogates (which was turned into a major motion picture). He’s doing terrific things with Valiant’s X-O Manowar, which he discusses, including the upcoming Unity event, which will begin in November. We also talk about his work on DC’s Green Lantern, so don’t miss it!
Then I give brief reviews of the books I thought were great that arrived in comics shops on Wednesday, September 25, followed by the latest “News & Previews!”
Everything wraps up with my take on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which debuted this week on ABC.
In this issue: Mama said you ain’t gonna earn nothin’ actin’ the fool, but she never figured on our costume contest… The EIC takes over BATO, PDQ! The Dark Knight says NAGANOOTCH! Who’s the hottest soopaguy who’s a love machine for the JLI? Can you dig it? Also: Second Stage Turbo Ranger Power… It’s Morphin’ Time! Bad tonsorial decisions in review! Sinestro and Carol Ferris still can’t agree who is more in love with Hal Jordan! And now there’s a better way to pretend to be a woman than a picture of Selma Blair and typing in lowercase… Get a surrogate!
This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew will take a look at the second volume of the Surrogates series, called Flesh and Bone.
In a dark, downtown alley in Central Georgia Metropolis, a juvenile prank goes too far and a homeless man is killed. When the ensuing investigation reveals that the attackers aren’t who they appeared to be, justice depends on the testimony of a single missing witness – a street snitch with a history of providing information to a cop named Harvey Greer. Harvey is placed on special assignment to track down the informant, but others have their own designs, including a wealthy socialite and an ex-con turned religious leader known to his followers as The Prophet. As days pass and anger among the anti-surrogate population grows, the city stands on a razor’s edge. Will punishment be exacted in a courtroom or on the streets? Set fifteen years prior to the events of the original Surrogates graphic novel, Flesh & Bone sheds light on the past that binds the cast together. From the streets of Central Georgia Metropolis to the boardroom of Virtual Self, Inc., Flesh & Bone takes us on a journey through a city struggling to come to grips with its present. Not only a suspenseful thriller but also a cautionary tale, this book reminds us that tomorrow will be determined by the choices we make today.
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