In this issue: Giant robots, girls in tights, Invincible heroes, Alabaster Wolves, and.. Rob!


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Invincible #92
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Roy Ottley and Cory Walker
What has been going on with Monster Girl and Robot? What happened to them while they were in the Flaxan dimension? All answers will be revealed – starting now! Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in the present and the New Invincible is already in over his head! All this – and where is Mark Grayson?!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Alabaster: Wolves #3
A glimpse into Dancy’s past, as she follows her two guides—each less trustworthy than the other—deeper into the twisted maze of the town.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Harbinger #1
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artist: Khari Evans
Teenager Peter Stanchek is on a dangerous path, but wields an even more dangerous power. Skipping across the country in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Pete is quickly realizing that he’s a psionically-powered “harbinger” with the potential to control minds, manipulate matter, and forever alter the course of human history. But behind the scenes and half a world away, Pete’s plight has not gone unnoticed by respected philanthropist and fellow harbinger, Toyo Harada. Will Harada offer Pete the chance at the things for which he’s longed — family, inner peace, control? Or will this unlikely hero find himself inducted into a secret network of conspiracy and subversion?

Rating: ★★★½☆

Super Dinosaur #11
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Jason Howard
The Exile has Derek Dynamo in his clutches – his master plan is coming together. Is Super Dinosaur too late to stop him?! The Exile plans to take over the world – enslaving mankind. How does Derek factor into that? All this and Doctor Dynamo once and for all confronts his nemesis, Max Maximus!

Rating: ★★★★½

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
Throughout the ages, there have been a number of giant robot fighters that have appeared on the scene. From transforming monster trucks, to space fighters (in spaaaaaaace), pop culture and comic fans have sided with their favorites, and are willing to come to blows in order to defend the honor of their favorite mega-robot.
Which means it is time to start a fight!


Empowered Volume 07
While costumed crimefighter Empowered makes a startling discovery regarding her unfortunate status as an all-too-frequent “damsel in distress,” her hard-drinking best friend, Ninjette, confronts her own sordid past, violent present, and frighteningly uncertain future as she fights a desperate, single-handed battle against an entire clan of supernaturally durable ninja warriors. Can our two hard-luck heroines also withstand the further perils posed by supervillainous minivans, dueling sets of “daddy issues,” doomed-but-still-hot boyfriends, undead karaoke party-crashers, and even “spoiler alerts from hell itself” foretold by infernally omniscient demonspawn?

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  1. SCHLEICHER!!!! *Shakes fist*

    Nice Leopardon reference during the Poll section, Matthew. If he had been part of the poll, I would have voted for him in a heartbeat. Leopardon would throw his sword and Voltron and the Megazord would explode in a shower of sparks. Why? Because he was the first, and because he’s Spider-Man’s giant robot.

    Metropolis is right off I-24 in SOUTHERN Illinois. It’s an interesting little place that has capitalized off its name. They’ve actually named their paper the Planet.

    As far as Empowered goes, it’s a book that I pick up if I see it. I don’t go out of my way to find it, but if I see it, I grab it. I have the first four volumes. They’re quite fun even if it gets a bit wearisome with the overt sexuality everywhere. Luckily, the Caged Demonwolf makes up for it with his hilarity. I think I’m going to have to find volume seven specifically for his version of Baby Got Back…. Hmmmmm.

  2. Hey guys, great show as usual. I just wanted to chime in a little on Empowered 7. Although Ninjette gets a lot of the pagetime this volume, there were a few noteworthy developments for the rest of the cast. The Caged Demonwolf of course, which I will concur had the best scene in the book, but even Sistah Spooky had a few good scenes of her continuing to grieve for Mindf*** by meeting her mental projections in her psyche. Also the foreshadowing of Willy Pete being a “kludge mind” is something I am really interested in, as Warren has shown he has really fascinating takes in the superhero community in this universe (i.e. the zombie heroes). On the subject of Empowered herself, I thought the scene revealing that her suits powers are tied to her self esteem as hinted at earlier were great and will set up her next character arc. We’ve seen that deep down she has what it takes to be a great hero, as shown in the awards arc and the dead heroes arc, and her friends are still trying to get her to realize that herself. I think anyone who has had self esteem issues knows that it’s not so easy to break out of the cycle and though it seems that Emp hasn’t grown much I think this trait is so core to her character that it would require a longer time to explore. I’m not sure how long Adam Warren plans for Empowered to run for, but I am glad to be on the ride.

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