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Super Reads War of Kings and Dark Reign 55

Super Reads War of Kings and Dark Reign 55

By SuperginraiX in Features on July 28, 2009

Keeping on keeping on. Today, we check out War of Kings: The Savage World of Skaar #1, Amazing Spider-Man #597, Deadpool #11, and Blast to the Past with New Mutants #62. Enjoy and spread the word! Spoilers Ahead!  

Retro Wrestling Game Review #1: WCW Mayhem for the Playstation

Retro Wrestling Game Review #1: WCW Mayhem for the Playstation

By Two-Fang Tony in Features on July 27, 2009

The "Golden Age of Gaming" in the United States essentially coincided with the rise of mainstream professional wrestling during the late 80s/early 90s. Nintendo's most celebrated mascot, Mario, and the WWF's breakout star, Hulk Hogan, were arguably two of the most recognizable pop culture icons at the time. Parallels continued to exist between the gaming and grappling worlds throughout the digital decade, as the audience, content, and technology continued to evolve. Wrestling-related merchandise was being pumped out like never before, and video games proved to be another profitable medium through which mainstream organizations like the World Wrestling Federation and Ted Turner's "World Championship Wrestling" could be promoted. By 1994, the video game market had seen significant advancements in both graphical and storage capabilities of home consoles; however, the much-touted "next-gen"platforms at the time failed to gain mainstream acceptance. Although computer game technology continued to evolve, the colossal failure of cd-rom based systems such as the Panasonc 3DO and Phillips CD-I, commecially and creatively, had many people questioning their faith in the home-gaming industry. Some speculated that it had peaked with the success of the Sega Genesis and Super Ninendo Entertainment systems during the 16-bit era. And honestly, how many people did you know who actually owned a Sega CD, let alone an Atari Jaguar? But in 1995, the Playstation changed everything. Thanks to a ton of buzz surrounding the system, a strong, divese lineup of original titles, and a relatively affordable launch price ($299 vs $699 for 3DO and $1000 for CD-I), Sony reinvigorated the market, ushering in a new and unprecedented era of prosperity in gaming. A few years later, a stagnant wrestling industry would experience a similar surge in popularity. Flash forward to 1999. Professional wrestling had once again become a pop culture phenomenom, regaining and perhaps even surpassing the success the business had achieved during the late 80s boom. This time around Vince McMahon had company: WCW. By this point the Playstation had released its fair share of pro-wrestling titles, many of which placed heavy emphasis on presentation rather than substance, not unlike WCW television programming. THQ's WCW Nitro and WCW/NWO Thunder received mixed reviews upon release, but now Electronic Arts had their shot. EA Sports' first effort, WCW Mayhem, was heavily hyped for its integration of real-life audio commentary, playable backstage areas, and "cutting edge" graphics. But experienced wreslting gamers know that polygon counts aren't important; the core gameplay mechanics are what really defines the classics. WCW Vs. NWO: World Tour on the N64 redifined the genre for American fans. Would Mayhem deliver on the Playstation?  


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Skid Marks:  The JLA Effect

Skid Marks: The JLA Effect

By Zenguru in Columns on July 26, 2009

Justice League of America.  The book that set the standard for all team books to follow.  So why doesn't it work?

Gays and Blacks Are Contrived, Dammit!

Gays and Blacks Are Contrived, Dammit!

By Greg in Columns on July 24, 2009

Once again I complain about the claims of racial agendas, this time with contrived homos! Hey look, gay and black superhero Josiah Power!  


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Cammy's Comic-Con Corner - Preview Night 2009

Cammy's Comic-Con Corner - Preview Night 2009

By Cameron in Podcasts on July 23, 2009

Just a small sample of things to come.


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Cammy's Comic Corner - Episode 88.5 (7/19/09)

Cammy's Comic Corner - Episode 88.5 (7/19/09)

By Cameron in Podcasts on July 19, 2009

Dark Avengers, Fables, Captain America, and more!


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Cammy's Comic Corner - Episode 88 (7/17/09)

Cammy's Comic Corner - Episode 88 (7/17/09)

By Cameron in Podcasts on July 17, 2009

Blackest Night, Incognito, Scalped, and more!


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Bumps, Pops, and Katie Vick 7/16/09 - A Handful of Rants

Bumps, Pops, and Katie Vick 7/16/09 - A Handful of Rants

By in Features on July 16, 2009

Nothing really important here this time.


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Interview: Todd Nauck

Interview: Todd Nauck

By Erik Galston in Features on July 16, 2009

Todd Nauck, (artist for the upcoming Spiderman Clone Saga mini), is interviewed by the Outhouse's own, e_galston.


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Skid Marks:  Crossovers:  I Love 'em, I Hate 'em.  ARRRRGH!!!

Skid Marks: Crossovers: I Love 'em, I Hate 'em. ARRRRGH!!!

By Zenguru in Columns on July 16, 2009

We all love crossovers.  We all hate them.  What would comics be without them?

Super Reads War of Kings and Dark Reign 54

Super Reads War of Kings and Dark Reign 54

By SuperginraiX in Features on July 16, 2009

Let's get this thing rolling.. Today, we check out War of Kings #4, Dark Avengers #5, The Mighty Avengers #25, New Avengers: The Reunion #4, Agents of Atlas #6, Black Panther #5, The Amazing Spider-Man #596, and Blast to the Past with The Amazing Spider-Man #37. Enjoy and spread the word! Spoilers Ahead!  

Enter the Hasbro:

Enter the Hasbro: "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Jake "The Snake" Roberts Figure Review

By Two-Fang Tony in Features on July 14, 2009

It was great being a kid in the 1980s; being a wrestling fan back then was even better. But throughout most of the decade, WWF enthusiasts only had a few options when it came to collecting action figures. In fact, we really only had two: LJN's Wrestling Superstars, and their smaller (and less popular) counterparts, the thumb wrestlers. These guys were constructed out of solid rubber and basically had zero articulation. Sound like fun, eh? At the time these figures were all the rage due to the WWF's aggressive advertising campaign. And don't get me wrong, some of those commercials were classic: "I'll bring MY guys, you have YOURS!" "They're so real, can YOU tell the difference?" Yep, they'd get you pretty pumped up, and seeing Roddy Rowdy Piper promoting the figures on late-night television was equally exciting. But in retrospect, the toys were pretty crappy. The main issue was their lack of durability. It was only a matter of time before the deterioration set in, and soon enough your wrestlers were grappling with each other sans pants as the paint began to peel away from their trunks, exposing the flesh-toned color bases of the figures. Dogs were also quite fond of them. After a few months of play, it wasn't uncommon to see LJN's big ol' rubber wrestlers lying neglected on the lawn, half naked and half chewed up. In 1989 Acclaim purchased LJN, shutting down its toy division to focus exclusively on video games. After five years of production, the Wrestling Superstars were canceled. But we needed something different anyway. We needed a new generation of toys to represent a new era in the World Wrestling Federation. And we would soon get it. In 1990, one company introduced what would perhaps become the most collectible wrestling figure line of all time: Hasbro's "Official" WWF Superstars.

Your Top Teams Final

Your Top Teams Final

By Chris Mitchell in Features on July 14, 2009

Here are at the Final Three, and what do you know, it’s an entire Marvel trio of teams. DC may rule the modern list, but Marvel triumphed over the Team list in serious ass kicking action. With 7 teams of the Top 15 being DC, and the final three being all Marvel. Well done, well done indeed.

Your Top Teams part 62

Your Top Teams part 62

By Chris Mitchell in Features on July 14, 2009

The last two before the Final 3, who made it? Who didn't? Find out here and watch people flip the frig out!!

Your Top Teams part 61

Your Top Teams part 61

By Chris Mitchell in Features on July 14, 2009

The last bunch before the Top 5, and one of the teams I so didn't expect to make it this far.

Your Top Teams part 60

Your Top Teams part 60

By Chris Mitchell in Features on July 13, 2009

Welcome to the Top 10 everyone of your Top Teams List, are you ask giddy as I am? Well, probably more so cuz I known the Top 10 for like a month now, so nyah nyah. Gloating aside, this is Top 10 I am pretty happy with, mind you I would change some of the order around and take a team or two out, most likely the team in 8th place and replace it with the JLI, but that’s just me. So, who made the Top 10? Who made the Top 5? Who made the Top 3? It all begins here....

Your Top Teams: OPC part 5

Your Top Teams: OPC part 5

By Chris Mitchell in Features on July 13, 2009

The last group of One Pointers...

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