The Power Poll is back in a radical new format! Click to see what the Internet's best comic of the week was!
In 2010, a weekly Power Poll was conducted at the Outhouse to determine the top comic of the week. Unfortunately, the Power Poll was abandoned as its creator left for bigger and better things. However, good features rarely die...
LOLTron, the robotic caretaker of the front page took the Power Poll's smouldering carcass and rebuilt it, making it faster, stronger and more aware. For several months, the Power Poll lay dormant, building its strength and learning more about the wide world of comic book reviews.
Now reborn, the newly created PollTron has come back to the Outhouse, collecting data from reviews spread across a half-dozen different comic book websites. Once a week, PollTron collects this data and aggregates it, assigning scores based on the total number of positive reviews gathered from its ever-growing database of websites.
The Power Poll for 7/20/2011
1) Daredevil #1 - 15.23
2) Gates of Gotham #3 - 4.655
3) Witch Doctor #2 - 3.485
4) Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #2 - 3.00
5) Hulk #37 - 2.495
6) X-Factor #222 - 2.25
7) Cinderella: Fables are Forever #6 - 2.16
8) Avengers Academy #16 - 1.995
9) (tied) The Boys: Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker #1 - 1.5
9) (tied) Generation Hope #9 - 1.5
Analysis: Daredevil #1, written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Marcos Martin, received almost universal praise. Although several sources were slightly offput by the change in tone of the book, it still set the bar incredibly high and will probably hold the top score for months to come.
Gates of Gotham #3 earned high praise from several sources, although it failed to earn a single point from internal Outhouse sources.
Witch Doctor #2 rounds out the top three, with high reviews from several sources.
Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #2 reflects the strength that the Outhousers' Comic of the Week poll has in PollTron's formula. The book's second place finish in the weekly poll gave it enough clout to finish fourth, despite failing to register on any other source's radar. Obviously, some slight correction is needed in the formula.
Marvel had five books place in the top five, DC had two, and independent books made a strong showing with three books in the top ten.
If you wish to impact the Power Poll, then feel free to submit a review or vote in the weekly Comic of the Week thread here at the Outhouse! PollTron is a loyal robot and the opinions of Outhousers matter the most in its eyes!
The New and Improved Power Poll reflects the Internet's collective opinion of various comic books using a unique formula with scores gathered across seven different comic book websites. While Outhouse reviews and opinions are weighed slightly higher (as the Outhouse is the foremost opinion of comics on the web), the Power Poll also takes into account the opinions of many of the Internet's finest reviewers. Scores will be updated over time to reflect the addition of more reliable sources and the deletion of inferior ones.
Written or Contributed by: PollTron
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About the Author - Christian Hoffer
Christian Hoffer is the exasperated Abbott to the Outhouse's Costello. When he's not yelling at the Newsroom for upsetting readers or complaining to his wife about why the Internet is stupid, he sits in his dingy business office trying to find new ways to make the site earn money. Hoffer is also the only person in history stupid enough to moderate two comic book forums at once.
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