WLG #404: Avoiding Spoilers

A column article by: Matt Spatola

As of right now we are approximately three weeks away from the May 4th US premiere of Marvel’s The Avengers. Maybe you heard about this little movie? Details, clips, pictures, rumors, commercials, product placement and spoilers have been steadily consuming the internet the last few weeks and will only get worse as opening day approaches. And that’s what I’m afraid of.

I’ve tried to balance my huge interest and curiosity about the film with not wanting to spoil what promises to be the biggest film in comic book history. It’s getting more difficult, not just because I’m getting weaker and can’t resist the spoilers but also because those spoilers themselves are getting more prevalent, more ‘out there’.

That’s been a discussion among creators and fans lately- the place of spoilers in the industry and the effects- positive and negative- they have on our enjoyment, reading experience and the actually of sales of comics or movie tickets. And I can see how spoilers do not just help generate and increase interest but also how plot twists are no longer surprises and some comics and movies are no longer ‘worth’ paying for since ‘everything’ that happens is so readily available on the ‘net.

With that in mind I’m going on a little bit of an internet lockdown. I’ll still be online- but less than usual. And I’ll go and check out my normal comic book news sites- but probably will be scarce on the messageboards. All to avoid spoilers.

This past weekend Marvel had a series of sneak previews of The Avengers in cities across the nation. So there’s a big chunk of fans who have already seen the movie and will be all over the ‘net talking about the experience. The movie also opens overseas a week before it does in the US which will keep the discussions going. Well no thanks. I purchased my IMAX ticket for the midnight show of The Avengers on May 3rd and will continue to do what I can to avoid spoilers and just-presumably- be amazed when I seat it on opening night.

Still I did love this latest clip from the movie….

Awesome. Anyway, let’s get to this week’s comics shall we?


Wonder Woman #8 $2.99 (Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang)

To march on Hell itself, you're going to need some sensational weapons - and Wonder Woman intends to call in a few family favors to get them! Armor of Hephaestus? Check. The pistols of Eros? Check! But will any of it be enough to wrest an innocent soul from the grasp of Hades? And what does Hermes know that Diana doesn't yet?

This was one of the books that I decided to try with the DC New 52 relaunch. I’ve never bought any issues of Wonder Woman before, even during the George Perez years. But I was willing to give it a shot based on the creative team. And they’ve certainly delivered. I think their revelation of the Amazon’s pretty brutal and fatal sex lives shows that this is something completely different than what anyone might expect to see in a Wonder Woman comic.

Oh and who doesn’t love that cover with Diana and her guns a blazin’?


The Shadow #1 $3.99 (Garth Ennis & Aaron Campbell)

1938: The Shadow returns in a tale of blazing action and deadly intrigue, as a night of carnage on the New York waterfront plunges the mysterious vigilante into a conspiracy involving the fate of the world itself. As storm clouds gather across the globe, American Military Intelligence meets with a certain Lamont Cranston, determined to beat a host of spies and assassins to the greatest prize of all... but what that might be, only the Shadow knows.

I’m a huge fan of pulp and noir comics. In recent years we’ve gotten quite a few excellent series to read thanks to Ed Brubaker and his series’ Fatale, Criminal and Incognito. Well now we got one of the originals back in print with an excellent choice in Ennis to handle the writing. He’ll bring the right balance of intricate plot and big action and flying bullets that fans will want.


The Avengers #25 $3.99 (Brian Michael Bendis & Walt Simonson)

Captain America Has Declared War On The X-Men. The Shocking Final Storyline In The Brian Bendis Avengers Saga!

Strangely Marvel’s solicitation to this issue isn’t pushing probably the biggest selling point of the book- that comics legend Walt Simonson is coming aboard as artist for Bendis’ final storyline. So the comic has a little bit of everything going for it: a beautiful Captain America cover by former series artist Daniel Acuna, Bendis starting the end of his controversial but historic run on the franchise, Simonson doing his first monthly art in years and a tie-in to the huge Avengers Vs. X-men series.

As a long time reader of the book- intermittently from the 80s forward- I’m eager to see where Bendis leaves the comic and how Marvel plans on taking the franchise forward. Maybe Simonson will stay on for part of that?

Well there are my picks for this week’s What Looks Good. And here are a few more books to take a looksee at if you feel like adding some more…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #684- Black Widow and Silver Sable guest star, best read and value for the four buck cover price.
  • Defenders #5-  I still don’t understand why Namor wears clothes underwater, bring back the Speedo!
  • Invincible Iron Man #515- Well looks like Rhodey dies. Well he ‘comic book dies’ which is similar to ‘soap opera dies’.
  • Justice League #8- Green Arrow brings the coolness to the League.
  • Manhattan Projects #2- Jonathan Hickman brings us more fun with America’s favorite former Nazi Werner von Braun.

Thanks for stopping by. See you all again in three weeks!


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