This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast – San Diego is just around the corner, Iron Man is back to his old self, The Falcon is Captain America, Lucy Lawless on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., wild rumors about Star Wars, Sabrina meets Lovecraft in Afterlife with Archie, Lady Zorro #1 and more!

Lucy lawless recruited by Agents of SHIELD

New X-Wing revealed in JJ Abrams video

Iron Man is a dick… again!

New Captain America takes flight!

Meet the new Avengers NOW!

Afterlife with Archie #6
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artists: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Publisher: Archie Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit of the season continues!

Definitely NOT for all ages!

Rating: ★★★★★

LADY ZORRO #1 (of 4)
Alex de Campi (w)
Rey Villegas (a)
Joseph Michael Linsner (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Sergio Fernandez Davila Exclusive “steampunk” retailer incentive cover
Joseph Michael Linsner “Art Board” variant retailer incentive cover
Lady Zorro is called back to Alta California to recover a sacred Indian war axe, stolen by mercenary soldiers. Only she can stop an all-out bloody war across the ranchos, and more deaths like the one that consumed her family… if she can stay on mission! But when an opportunity for ultimate vengeance presents itself, can she ignore it? Or will the fire to put her greatest foe six feet under a preacher consume Lady Zorro… and all of Alta California with it? A violent, sexy tale of intrigue and swash- buckling as the female Fox must use all her assets to get herself out of trouble.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Dragon Girl and Monkey King
Dark Horse proudly presents the first English-language art book showcasing one of Japan’s most sought-after painters and illustrators, Katsuya Terada! Dragon Girl and Monkey King collects Terada’s art in every mood: sexy, brutal, bizarre, and humorous, including his distinctive Hellboy figurine work, commentary, and an exclusive interview with the artist!
Foreword by Guillermo del Toro!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
This week, the San Diego Comic-Con will occupy our every waking moment. The hope is some big news will drop that will break the Internet (The Rock as Shazam or that Johnny Depp will be Doctor Strange). Though there will be a lot of big moments, there may be more disappointments than joyous rapture.


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  1. Great episode! Thanks for answering my question.

    I really do need to just practice more critical analysis. My thesis used semiotics / content analysis so I’m not exactly new at this, just when it comes to applying it to comics. I originally didn’t really have the appetite for straight critical reading, which is why it feels so foreign to me. Kinda like a muscle I haven’t used in ages finally getting a workout.

    I remember reading a piece in Cinema Journal where the authors discussed the future of comics research in North America. They talked about how when we do analysis, we need to dig deeper and move past superficial content analysis. Scott Bukatman put it like, “most of the semiotic, phenomenological, structural, and aesthetic approaches to comics study are coming from overseas, while here it’s ‘representations of (fill in the blank) in comics.” I want to challenge myself to move beyond my traditional way of thinking about media analysis and apply some of the theories from people like Neil Cohn and Thierry Groensteen. It is challenging though, I feel like my brain is mush from having been out of academia for five years. Getting back into this stuff really makes me hope that Dr. Peter Coogan comes back to the podcast soon, since his appearances on the show jump started my interest in comics research.

    If you really want to open a can of worms with respect to a work of sequential art that lend itself to critical reading and analysis, you should definitely put Asterios Polyp on the reading list for the future. I actually read an entire masters thesis on that book, which you can check out here if you’re interested in the application of some contemporary comics theories:

    • When I say “we need to dig deeper and move past superficial content analysis” I’m not saying it isn’t important, and I don’t want to minimize the contributions of people who do this work. It’s just that one group of authors who were hoping the academic community in North America would move more towards the European model of things. Critical content analysis is by far the most approachable way for the general public to break down themes in comics. It’s something I want to practice more, but I’m also interested in going a bit deeper in the future.

  2. Perry Taliaferro on

    Hey guys, it is my understanding that the image showing all the Avengers NOW is NOT an Avengers team, just some of the characters that will be showcased in the Avengers NOW banner. I could be wrong …

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