Major Spoilers Podcast The Watchmen Alan Moore Dave Gibbons

In this issue: The Man of Steel on the auction block! The Commander In Chief takes over the industry! Wee Hughie oversteps his bounds! Plus: Deadshot’s in your house, shootin’ up your targets! I can has Silk Spectre? Chiana has invisible space blasters! And, Stephen Ignatius Schleicher is a rotten ol’ somepin somepin, and all sorts o’ mean nasty stuff, with 25 8 by 10 color glossy photographs with the circles and the arrows and the paragraph on the back describin’ each one! So, when the chorus comes around, everybody sing together… with feelin’…


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Action Comics #1 Unrestored 6.0 up for auction


Barack Obama on the cover of almost all comic books these days

Suicide Squad: The Movie



Listener Thomas, CA. writes in to tell us he’s become a comic nerd. ONEOFUS!ONEOFUS!ONEOFUS!



FARSCAPE #3 (Boom! Studios)

Written by Rockne S. O’Bannon, Keith DeCandido

Drawn by Tommy Patterson

TV’s science fiction masterpiece FARSCAPE returns! Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon continues his creation in comic-book form right where the PEACEKEEPER WARS left off! Things aren’t looking good for the crew of Moya as Crichton and Aeryn are imprisoned on Hyneria. But don’t worry! Their last, best hope is… Rygel?!


Justice League of America #30

Written by Dwayne McDuffie; Art and Cover by Ed Benes

Featuring an “Origins and Omens” backup story! Can the entire combined might of the Justice League of Amercia and Dr. Light stand up to the cosmic entity known as Starbreaker as he continues consuming the sun? Could this be another Final Night for the DC Universe?


The Boys #28 (Dynamite Entertainment)

Covers: Darick Robertson and Dave Gibbons

Writer: Garth Ennis

Penciller/Inker: Darick Robertson/John Higgins

Colorist: Tony Avila

Butcher has warned Hughie to quit his undercover activities, so what’s he doing at Silver Kincaid’s memorial service? Godolkin oversteps the mark, MM stumbles onto something dreadful, and- much to her delight- the Female gets to follow Frenchie into action. And one of the G-Wiz kids gets an offer he can’t refuse, as the stage is set for a face-off of cataclysmic proportions- in WE GOTTA GO NOW, part six.


Once again, it’s all about Matthew. This week were pitting Matthew’s two favorite comic book characters of all time against one another in an arena of death. On the Marvel side we have Mimic, once a member of the X-Men, he has the ability to copy peoples skills at will. On the DC side we present Blok, the stoic stone hero from the Legion of Super-Heroes.

A) Mimic

B) Blok


Matthew can't decide



Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to deconstruct the superhero concept. Watchmen takes place in an alternate history United States where the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most costumed superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The story focuses on the personal development and struggles of the protagonists as an investigation into the murder of a government sponsored superhero pulls them out of retirement and eventually leads them to confront a plot by one of their own to stave off nuclear war by killing millions of innocent people.

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. I don’t remember who said it, probably Matthew, but wasn’t someone going to the whole podcast speaking like Rorchach?

  2. I just found your podcast yesterday on iTunes and of the 3 I’ve heard, this one really stood out as being the most totally awesome. The review of The Watchmen comic was stellar. I think I may have seen Watchmen on the shelves recently, flipped through it, and instantly put it back down, but your review put it on my to do list. You reveal a real depth to the characters I look forward to exploring and I was tickled to hear someone choose a non-super man as one of their favorite characters. I hate how comics often seem to depend soley on flashy costumes and gimics to make their characters stand out. Give me John Constantine, some burnt out guy with 12 o’clock shadow, wringing the rain from his suit and flicking a cigarette under a dim street light before walking into a bar to talk to the piano player who just happens to be a retired Lord of Hell. Subtlety is intriguing, there are depths to every surface. Everyday heroes make every day interesting. Now don’t get me wrong, this world needs more athletic chicks in bondagewear, but if you want a story with real depth, put the mundane folks in magical cloaks and have the heros wear glasses.

    Keep up the good work.

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