Major Spoilers Podcast #940: Mandrake the Magician
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Major Spoilers Podcast #940: Mandrake the Magician

Let's travel the world with Mandrake the Magician and his faithful sidekick Lothar in this week's Major Spoilers Podcast! We talk Ironheart, and Zombicide, and we review Spider-Man: Life Story Annual #1 from Marvel Comics, The Blue Flame from Vault Comics, and discuss the latest episode of Titans on HBOMax.

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Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Mark Bagley
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: August 25, 2021
SPIDER-MAN. He's a threat. He's a menace. And J. JONAH JAMESON will do whatever it takes to make the world see it! But in this companion piece to last year's hit miniseries SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY, will the decades of his obsession bear fruit for Jonah...or be his destruction?
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Writer: Christopher Cantwell
Artist: Kurt Michael Russell
Publisher: Vault Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 25, 2021
Sam spirals deeper into darkness while the Blue Flame chooses to finally face the tragedy of his life on Earth. It remains to be seen if either of them will ever recover, and if they can still be heroes. As they grapple with their identities, Sam searches his soul and seeks relief in the arms of someone who may in fact be an adversary, while the Flame finds an ally in someone he thought was working against him.
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Writer: Stephanie Coggins
Starring: Brendan Thwaites, Anna Diop, Curran Walters
Streaming Service: HBO Max
Release Date: August 19, 2021
In the aftermath of Hank's death, Dawn leaves the Titans. Crane is removed from Arkham after Jason orders his assassination, but Dick abducts him during his transfer to a new prison. Taking Crane to the cabin where he trained, Dick reveals that he knows Crane manipulated Jason into becoming Red Hood. Dick, recognizing that Jason will attempt to rescue Crane, lures him to the cabin for a confrontation. A fight ensues that ends with Jason and Crane's escape. Meanwhile, Kory's visions lead Gar and her to a government facility holding Blackfire in custody. Unable to abandon her sister, Kory frees Blackfire, who accompanies her back to Wayne Manor.
[rating: 4/5]


Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Mandrake is a master of hypnosis, whose ability causes his opponents to encounter wild illusions, giving the heroes the upper hand in a fight. His enemies cover a broad spectrum, including gangsters, mad scientists, alien creatures, and characters from other adventures. His greatest ally is Lothar, "Prince of the Seven Nations" who gave up his crown to join Mandrake in his globe-trotting adventures. They are accompanied by the beautiful Narda, princess of a European nation and Mandrake's romantic interest.
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