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Everything Blows with Ross and Nick #12 – Defunct

Everything Blows with Ross and Nick

Ross Campbell and Nick Marino

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Ross’s defunct comics projects on LiveJournal

Show Notes:
Ross talks about his fascinating aborted comics and rejected pitches!

In loose chronological order, Ross details his cornucopia of defunct projects. At the beginning of his career, he passed on drawing Local for Brian Wood. His pitch for a giant monster story called Shibbahyip was rejected by Tokyopop, and so was his original pitch to Oni for Wet Moon.

Ross relives the development hell of Dead Tired, a pitch he worked on with Vertigo at DC Comics for years until he couldn’t recognize the story any more. He also talks about his Vertigo pitch for Swamp Things (yes, “Things”), which was rejected in favor of a China Miéville Swamp Thing comic book that never happened.

Ross has had numerous misses with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starting years ago at Mirage Studios up through last year when he was offered an opportunity to draw the main series at IDW. Luckily, Ross was able to get the TMNT thing to finally happen and his four issue IDW Turtles story begins next month!

But wait… there’s more! Ross passed up an opportunity to draw an issue of the most recent Young Avengers series, plus he declined to work on the new Marvel Knights Hulk miniseries. And there was also an offer to draw an issue for DC’s Villain Month that Ross turned down.

Nick describes a few of his own rejected pitches for animated shorts over at Frederator Studios, including one you can read called The Demon From My Butt.

After that, Ross and Nick rant about annoying comic book news and try to figure out what the #$%& is going on with Scarlet Witch’s O-face.

Also… Virtual Joker and Firewall Robin?!? WTF???

Next Episode:
Maybe Kelly Thompson will join us to talk about the science of fandom. Or maybe we’ll review Iron Man 3 and give away a buttload of Nick’s Iron Man comic books. Or maybe we’ll talk about something else entirely.

HyperComboCast #69 – Injustice Mobile

HyperComboCast Podcast

Nick Marino reviews the new Injustice: Gods Among Us mobile game released yesterday for iPad, iPhone, and iPod.

This free iOS fighting game blends simplified mechanics with a “collectible” DC Comics character card game featuring superheroes like Green Lantern, Cyborg, Catwoman, Nightwing, Flash, and more. (You have to purchase credits or play for a while before you get to the heavy-hitters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.)

Using non-gameplay screencaps and gameplay screencaps, Nick recaps his Injustice mobile experience, from the game’s rhythm to its character options to its in-game store to its super meter system.

With high quality graphics and an easy-to-learn controls, the Injustice mobile game has wide appeal to any gaming buff out there. But the repetitious nature of the opponents, backgrounds, and fighting styles can make the gameplay monotonous.

Nick also explains how his superhero playtime was cut short by the game’s energy system, which limits the amount of matches you can play while generating income for NetherRealm and Warner Bros from this free-to-download (but not always free to play!) touchscreen fighting game.

HyperComboCast #66 – Justifying Injustice

HyperComboCast Podcast

HyperComboCast returns on its new day — Friday! — to bring you a discussion of NetherRealm’s upcoming DC Comics fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Solomon Grundy waddles in the background. “Heeeyy guys… w-wait up!!”

Kenny Riot tackles this new title produced by the makers of Mortal Kombat from a technical perspective, searching the gameplay for clues about the overall quality.

Nick Marino looks at this superhero brawler as a comic book fan and casual gamer, gaining more and more positive vibes about Injustice as the conversation builds.

The inevitable showdown you’ve been desperately craving: Cyborg vs. Aquaman!!

Injustice: Gods Among Us drops on April, 16 2013. Until then, you can watch the Battle Arena videos and celebrity commentary on the Injustice YouTube channel, and read the Injustice prequel from DC Comics.

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9 Ridiculous Action Comics Covers

These Action Comics covers from 1968-1977 showcase Superman at his weirdest, encountering all manner of ludicrous situations while attempting to go about his usual business of being the world’s greatest superhero.

Action Comics #359

Why even go through with this mockery of a trial? Superman would just bend the goddamn jail bars and walk out if he was convicted.

Action Comics #374

There are so many great things about this cover. First off, why even wear the fucking mask? It looks exactly like Superman only his hair is slicked back and he’s got a scar on his face. Second, what could Supes have done between the last issue and this issue that made him Public Enemy no. 1? And most importantly, why is he addicted to the mask???

Action Comics #397

At first glance, there’s the obvious “Superman in the closet” joke. But upon closer inspection, there’s so much more. Why is closet Superman a robot? There’s another Superman on the floor… two robots?!?? And “Jimmy’s a big wheel”? What the fuck does that even mean? Has he literally turned into a Big Wheel???

Of course, that all goes without mentioning the “Wheel-Chair Superman” of the future, who continues to wear his costume (along with the cape) despite the fact that he’s confined to a wheelchair.

Action Comics #418

Superman gang bang?

Action Comics #434

Hahaha a toothpulling so bad that the nurse has to avert her eyes?? Plus, that dentist totally looks like a supervillain. That would be a hilarious new arch-nemesis for Supes… THE EXTRACTOR!

Action Comics #438

Monster Lois would also be a sweet new supervillain. “Once his most passionate lover… now his most monstrous enemy!”

Action Comics #453

Again with the rubber masks?!?! Also, I like how you know faux-Superman is a really, really bad dude just because he has stubble.

Action Comics #457

This classic leaves me with two questions: 1) Is this pre- or post-coitus? 2) If the answer to #1 is post-coitus, then are those tears or something else???

Action Comics #477

Those robots… are they making Superman really obese? Is that their goal — super-fat Superman? Also, why in the fuck do they wanna become the “Land-Lords of Earth”?? Are they planning some type of insidious galactic rent scam??? Seems like a shitty reason to conquer a planet.

Sadly, I can’t find reprints of any of the following comic books. However, Superman in the Seventies does reprint stories from this era. Same goes for Superman: From the Thirties to the Seventies. Finally, there’s a chance a few of these covers made it into Mark Waid’s The Silver Age of Superman: The Greatest Covers of Action Comics from the ’50s to the ’70s.

HyperComboCast #39 – Justice League Task Force

HyperComboCast Podcast

HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER! The Hairicane has arrived to help Nick get a handle on Justice League Task Force. Released in 1995 for Sega Genesis and SNES, this weird fighter features some of DC Comics most famous heavy-hitters.

NOTE: In this episode, we share our non-expert opinions on the Genesis version, which is pretty different from its SNES counterpart.

ALSO NOTE: All of the incredible ass shots we caught in our screencaps.

Unlike the Marvelous competition produced by Capcom, JLTF is a relatively obscure video game…

…and after playing it for two hours, it’s pretty obvious why this this Condor, Sunsoft, and Acclaim production isn’t often cited in the annals of fighting game history.

Still, we enjoyed the shit out of it, especially the music by Matt Uelmen.

JLTF is highly recommend to players who like retro gaming and a good laugh.

And mullets.

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