House of Mouse buys House of Ideas

In this issue: The House of Mouse buys the House of Ideas. And that’s it. Really. Nothing else happened this week. Okay, so the Major Spoilers Crew also take a quick look at some comic book reviews, and dive headfirst into Kurt Busiek’s Astro City: The Dark Age Volume 1.


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The House of Mouse, buys the House of Ideas

Art Appreciation Moment of the Day: Name That Theme Winner is Announced. Now if Stephen will only ship the prize before the end of the year.


Delve into the shadows of a hero as we continue this untold tale from Hercules’ dark past. As the son of Zeus and his companions begin their search for the traitors in the Egyptian king’s palace, they long for the excitement of the battlefield. But when military secrets continue to leak from the palace, the Greeks are forced to consider a long shot to gain information. Can even the courage of Hercules withstand a trip to Nakhtkeru the Necromancer?

The Flash: Rebirth #4
Written by Geoff Johns; Art and covers by Ethan Van Sciver

Barry Allen left a legacy that thrived after his death. Now his return threatens it all. What secrets does Barry hold inside him about the fate of the Flash Family? What destiny awaits Wally and his twins? What murderous force targets Bart Allen? And what does it truly mean to be a speedster?

Batman: The Widening Gyre #1
Written by Kevin Smith; Art by Walter Flanagan and Art Thibert; Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz The stakes are high as Batman encounters a new vigilante under his wing amidst what Smith describes as a “backdrop of romance, intrigue, and geek-bait guest stars galore.”

Disney bought Marvel Enterprises for $4 Billion.  The virtual press conference the companies had earlier today tried to spell everything out, and I particularly like this quote “We believe in the team at Marvel, and see no need to upset the apple cart.”
Well, the apple cart is pretty much upset, as the nerd rampage continues across the Intardwebz, with some people proclaiming this to be the end of all things holy in the House of Ideas. But is it?  Is it really?  It’s time for you to cast your vote!

Get over to the Major Spoilers Website and vote.

Astro City: The Dark Age Volume 1
Today Astro City is a shining metropolis on a hill where super-heroes patrol the skies. However, things were not always as bright as they are today. In the early 1970’s, in the wake of a global catastrophe, two brothers, one good and one evil must deal with family secrets and social upheaval, involving heroes from Jack-In-the-Box to the Blue Knight and the unsettling events leading to the final fate of the mysterious Silver Agent. Find out why this era was so troubled through the eyes of two men who survived the depths of it!

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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. It’s always great whenever you guys are able to bring some sense to the world. I’m glad you were able to just tell people to calm the hell down.

    People that think Disney is just a kids cartoon company could not be further from the truth. But hey, like you said, Marvel fans now have scapegoat to blame everything unfortunate on.

  2. Great discussion on the big news of the week. I feel a lot better about it. If Marvel characters are going to be in front of more eyeballs and get more people into comic shops, that can’t be a bad thing. Unless comic book shop owners become more like Elijah Price and kick the kids out.

  3. Holy crap. I think those 2 voicemails convinced themselves that the Disney/Marvel deal is a good thing.

    Next time I have a problem, I’ll be sure to call and leave a long, drawn out message to fix my emotional issues. You guys should start charging for that.


  4. And a note to Tim’s voicemail at the end…

    Not to hammer home what they talked about on the show, but saying that Hannah Montana is going to be in a Marvel comic is like saying that the cast of Lost (A Disney owned show mind you), are going to wake up in Disneyland and realize the island was dream.

    Saying that nothing is sacred any more is a bit much don’t you think? Disney is not a Cartoon company; they are a business company with their hand in just about every kind of pie. Oh and Sony has returned the rights to Spider-man pictures to Marvel.

    Alright, Rant, Over.

  5. Great podcast guys! Don’t know if anyone else pointed it out, but in reference to Kevin Smith’s Batman: Widening Gyre. The title is actually a reference to the poem “The Second Coming” by WB Yeats. Here is the poem:

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

    Yes, this comics nerd is also an English nerd too:) LOL

  6. I would like to know how this is going to affect the international publishing market, being a fellow spoilirite from Brazil and all. And Thor with Mickey ears is funnier than Mickey Logan. So there.

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