The Dark Crystal

In this issue: Muppets, muppets, muppets! Zombies, zombies, zombies! Stephen says “Holy crap!” Rodrigo says “Why is this alien illeterate?” and Matthew just hums Paul McCartney tunes under his breath. Plus: pink pleather bikinis! The buying habits of of the North American comics fan! And two crazy mofos with big guns vy for your affections, and a teenage mutant ninja secretary is in the house, and she ain’t bringing you your coffee, bucky.

When single shines the triple sun,
What was sundered and undone
The line between them was never so real,
So have some beans at every meal.
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Any Initial Watchmen Reactions?

Saturn Girl Hero History

Listener David. writes in to tell us why comic companies should die.

Writer: Marc Guggenheim and Vince Gonzales
Penciller: Mel Rubi

In a world filled with super-heroes, one man stands apart, Neuron, once known as Bernard Jaeger, the man responsible for saving the world, most particularly from the KHR SYNDROME. But it was this very plague which began to change the world forever, filling its population of super heroes with a deadly new hunger – a hunger for human flesh!

Dynamo 5 #20

It’s Valentine’s Day, but the members of Dynamo 5 don’t have time to deal with their own love lives. Instead, they have to stop a feuding super-villain couple from destroying Tower City!

Executive Assistant: Iris #0 (Aspen Comics)
Created by David Wohl, Brad Foxhoven & Michael Turner
Written by David Wohl
Art by Eduardo Francisco
Colors by John Starr
Cover by Talent Caldwell

Secretary. Bodyguard. Assassin. The Executive Assistant is all of the above rolled into one. She’s meticulous, ruthlessly efficient and completely loyal to her employer. But… In the high-stakes web of corporate wealth and power, one young woman, Iris, must decide between her duty — and her conscience. When Iris’ employer, Mr. Ching, decides to settle a dispute between himself and a deceitful Russian businessman–out of the pleasantries of the conference room, she is given the order to ‘force’ a compromise. However, when the deadly realities of her obligations remind her of the tragic horrors of her past, Iris begins to question everything around her!

Who killed Edward Blake? It just might be Peacemaker, the character that inspired the Alan Moore Watchmen character. Let’s throw them both in the ring and see who emerges victorious.
A) Peacemaker
B) The Comedian


The Dark Crystal
The Dark Crystal is a cult 1982 fantasy film directed by puppeteers Jim Henson and Frank Oz, creators of The Muppet Show. Although still marketed as a family film, it was notably darker than previous material created by them. Characters for which they are famous do not appear, but some of the same performers are used. The animatronics used in the film were considered groundbreaking at the time. The primary concept artist was the fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, famous for his distinctive faeriedwarf designs. Froud also cooberated with Jim Henson and Frank Oz for their next project, the 1986 film Labyrinth which was notably more light-hearted than The Dark Crystal.

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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 was a bit long-winded there, wasn’t I? Still, nice to have contributed, and glad to hear the discussion. I’d forgotten that the merging was a surprise twist at the end. Hurm.

  2. Excellent show, as always! Loved the quick Watchmen analysis and I’m now curious about the Dark Crystal

    Executive Assistant: Iris sounded cool, but not at that price for that many pages D:

  3. It would be cool to hear your thoughts on the “Hulk Vs.” DVD that just came out. I watched it with my son and was pleasantly surprised. Most of the Marvel animated movies suck, but the Hulk vs. Wolverine one was actually pretty cool. Deadpool had a few nice moments and there was a nice level of violence too! (A few moments that made me regret watching it with my boy, but not too bad.)

    It’s funny, but this must be the first time you can watch an animated Wolverine actually cut and stab people. It was quite satisfying!

  4. So when I saw this way back when (and I was maybe 30+ish) it was ok. Then about 8 (40+ ish) years ago I bought it. It was still just ok. I can’t say the same for Legend and Labyrinth. In fact I can’t even watch Labyrinth (and those bowie songs.. somethingsomething about “the babe” somethingsomething the babe) HAD TO TURN IT OFF.
    I still like Willow though.

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