Batman In Ferguson: Are Superheroes Racist

“Imagine if there were real superheroes or vigilantes, every time they tried to fight crime in black neighborhoods they would be called racist and people would want them arrested.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Review: Marvel Phase 3 or Phase Fail?

Like the original series, my fascination with this new Guardians comic book lasted a few story arcs and I was left thinking, “How the F**k are they going to turn these losers into the next Avengers?”

Exclusive Interview: Maki Rolle

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Street Fighter 5

Charlie is Back... What's on his head???

Street Fighter 5 was featured at Capcom Cup. Capcom officially announced that Street Fighter 5 will only be on the Playstation 4 console and PC. A lot of XBox One guys are butthurt... REALLY! Sony and Capcom made a statement. Next year at Capcom Cup alone, will be close to the tournament payouts of all of last year. With Sony promotion of Street Fighter 5, Capcom Cup payout will be $500,000. WOW!!!

It was also confirmed that if you have a PS4, you will be able to online versus PC owners of Street Fighter 5.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Vince McMahon Versus CM Punk

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or Big Show’s ass, then you know about the Podcast heard around the wrestling world. On Thanksgiving eve, CM Punk, former WWE superstar and purveyor of Pipebombs, took to Colt Cabana’s art of wrestling Podcast to finally speak on what drove him from the WWE. In true Punk fashion, he wasn’t shy about exposing all of the reasons involved in his decision. The audio is below.

Not in a direct response, but WWE Network, which has been a great product, but has yet to find the success it hoped for, unleashed their own live Podcast: Vince and Stone Cold one-on-one. This was created to keep those who signed up for the free month of WWE network on board, but the timing couldn’t have been more “Curt Henning” as the Chairman himself was forced to address CM Punk in a real, non-scripted, way.

Now there are a lot of Smarks out here bashing Punk for taking his ball and going home, because in their mind WWE can do no wrong. At the same time there are Punk stans who don’t watch the WWE product as much as they once did, and are quick to say, “Told you so, They’re evil! ROH is where it’s at!” Both sides have their points, but I think if you look at both interviews without bias, it points to several huge problem within WWE that needs to be solved. Vince as an owner sees the flaws in his product, and Punk as a worker sees even bigger flaws, and if you put them both together, WWE may be headed to disaster if things don’t improve across the board. So beyond juicy gossip that people live for, what did we really learn from these Podcast Pipebombs.

5 Things To Be Taken From Punk/McMahon Podcasts:

5) There is no real WWE Wellness Policy: The two big shockers during the Punk interview were: 1) WWE fired him on his wedding day, he didn’t quit on the fans. 2) WWE doctors allegedly let him wrestle for months with a Staph Infection and multiple concussions. The health thing is the most troubling because we saw what taking headshots did to Chris Benoit. We’ve seen how Mick Foley walks. These guys need to be protected, and often times from themselves. We all know that the WWE drug policy, post Chirs Benoit, has been scrutinized, and over the years everyone from Chris Masters to Randy Orton has been dinged for drugs to prove that a system is in place. However, it’s not about steroids these days, but the actual health of these performers. The WWE created a concussion test after the NFL was sued for assloads of money by former players. Punk went through these tests and passed, but he HAD A CONCUSSION!

While some fans have said, “Well, it’s his own dumbness for wrestling when he knew he was sick or hurt.” But they don’t get it. Pro wrestling, much like Football, is one of these industries where if you don’t push through the pain and perform, you lose your manhood and could possibly lose your spot. Right now Daniel Bryan is at home healing and I’m sure Triple H and Vince are pissed. Bryan has the balls not to risk long time injury and stay home. CM Punk on the other hand wanted to badly to prove that he was “John Cena Tough” that he let the WWE talk him into coming back sooner than later on several occasions. Yes, Punk should have known better, but it’s the company’s responsibility to protect the macho men from their own pride and stupidity. As for the Staph infection story, Punk could have literally died, and that was negligence on the doctor’s fault. So the question remains, why are they spending so much money on piss tests that don’t’ really matter, when they should have a wellness plan to monitor injuries and the psychological damage being done by wrestling hurt?

4) Vince McMahon isn’t out of touch, just scared: Punk told a story about wanting to walk out on a UFC PPV with a fighter, but Vince shot him down, because he doesn’t understand what the UFC truly is “Someone may die in the cage!” He also shot down various angles, because he just didn’t get it. In Vince’s defense I don’t think he is that out of touch given his age. However he is afraid to rock the boat. The WWE is a publicly traded company, it has shareholders to report to, partners, sponsors, etc… In today’s world of the easily offended, Vince doesn’t want to compromise his brand or his championship unless it’s a calculated risk. In the 80’s and 90’s WWE had to take chances to grow, at this point the risk is not worth the reward because Vince realizes that the WCW/WWF boom isn’t going to happen again just because one of his guys gets huge mainstream exposure.

3) Jim Ross Was The Glue: Stone Cold, who obviously sees a lot of himself in CM Punk recalled his own walk out. Back in the early 2000’s Austin didn’t want to wrestle Brock Lesnar on Monday Night Raw with zero build up. So he “took his ball and went home.” Stone Cold regrets it now, but back then he felt like Punk, burned out physically, and frustrated creatively with the storylines. It was Jim Ross who reached out to Austin, proved his friendship, and was able to put him and Vince back on the same page. In CM Punk’s instance, he walked out because of Triple H wanting to wrestle him at Wrestlemania 30, and the reluctance to put Daniel Bryan in a main event match in favor of Batista and Orton (which changed after Punk left). When Punk was home, Triple H texted him. Punk told Trips that he was about to get married, but would call him when he got back from his honeymoon. The next day CM Punk was fired via Fedex. Now, it’s not Triple H’s job to play Jim Ross, but why is there no one in WWE corporate that has the love for the talent to reach out when they are unhappy?
I’m not going to pretend to know how the WWE hierarchy works these days, but there should be a person in Talent Relations that does more than just fly down to NXT and shake hands. CM Punk shouldn’t have walked away… but at the same time WWE shouldn’t have just let him walk away without a discussion. They shouldn’t have suspended him without a conversation. Most importantly, they shouldn’t have fired him without seeing if they could come to an agreement. Jim Ross didn’t allow Austin to walk away without first hearing his side of the story, WWE never gave Punk that opportunity.

2) Triple H is Everything We Thought He Was: I’ve always been a Triple H fan. His marriage to Stephanie, his new corporate role, it never seemed underhanded or fake. Having read nearly every wrestling biography, the picture of Triple H is consistent across the board as one of a guy you can’t really trust unless you are “one of his boys”. While some of these guys like Bret Hart and Hardcore Holly, are bitter to begin with, there has to be some truth in the stories they told about Triple H kissing Nash/Hall/Michael’s ass to get in good. In CM Punk’s first Pipebomb interview he indirectly mentioned Hunter as the one holding him back, and the one who didn’t like him even in the New ECW era.

During the Podcast it all came to a head as Punk confronted Triple H the night he left and said, “You’ve never liked me.” I believe that. Wrestlers are people too, and we all form “Kliqs” and you help your friend and bring in new people who you can relate to. Triple H can’t relate to CM Punk, outside of a love for wrestling. The same thing probably is true of Daniel Bryan, which is why The Authority storyline worked to a certain extent, it was truth. It’s not shocking that Triple H didn’t like Punk, that he wanted to wrestle him at Wrestlemania to insure himself “match of the night” and a hefty bonus. We all know Triple H is about Triple H, and there is nothing wrong with that. If anything, maybe WWE should drop the “fired” storyline and use this reality to push Triple H in the same way they pushed Mr. McMahon after the infamous Montreal Screwjob. If Triple H is a real life Dick, let him loose and own up to it if this is "The Reality Era".

1)  There Is No Post Cena Plan: I’ve said this for years, after John Cena, WWE will sink, not to the point where it goes out of business, but it will get damn close. That was my opinion, but now it’s a fact. CM Punk called WWE creative out about having him lose to The Rock who would only be around for three PPVS. He then called him out about having him lose to Brock, who would only be around for three PPVS. Why has WWE become a Job machine for Part Time Wrestlers??? Vince McMahon answered Stone Cold the same way he answered Punk: The business has changed and we must rely on special attractions to get viewers. To spell it out for you, John Cena is the workhorse, he’s there to put asses in seats every Monday and on House Shows. Brock, Sting, Rock, Taker, those are the guys that people will pay to see outside of the average WWE fan who will always watch. Focus on the Special wrestlers, burnout the guys that show up every night, because they aren’t that special.

That makes sense from a business standpoint—for now. However, Undertaker is probably finished. Brock has about six months left on his contract then he’s going to leave for the UFC again or just retire. Sting only has one match on his contract. The Rock will probably only show up twice next year. What this means is that the Special Attractions stuff ends soon. What are you left with when you can’t pull any more old wrestlers out of retirement? You have Cena wrestle Orton in yet another gimmick match for the 100th time on a PPV. You bring Jericho out to feud with a midcard wrestler for the 70th time. You pay a Boxer or a Movie Star, to wrestle a bad match… you get where I’m going. Ever since WCW died, WWE has been getting away with having a thin roster, and injecting old wrestlers in every few years.

Vince McMahon was asked by Stone Cold what he can do to make the next superstar. Vince responded that it’s up to the fans. He mentioned that Cesaro isn’t over because he can’t talk and has no charisma. He mentioned that no one in the locker room has any ambition. Vince F’ing McMahon called out his entire non-Cena roster with the exception of Bray Wyatt and The Shield guys, as being WEAK AS F**K. It’s all true. CM Punk, made similar statements that no one speaks up or really wants to push the envelope because there is no WCW to go running to if you get fired. Stone Cold pointed out that walking backstage everyone was afraid! Vince McMahon wants guys to get over, but guys are too pussy to get over because if you go out and cut a promo, that Triple H doesn’t like, you’re done and off to the graveyard called TNA or stocking shelves at Target like Shane Douglas.

It’s not Vince’s fault for becoming the King of Wrestling, and I can’t knock guys like Kofi and Dolph for wanting to just keep their jobs. However, we as fans are suffering because WWE has become such a tightly run ship that doesn’t inspire creativity or envelope pushing. What’s the biggest story this year in wrestling? A Friggin PODCAST from a guy that doesn’t work at the company! It’s not Brock beating Taker, The Shield Breakup, or Hulk Hogan’s return—it took CM PUNK to get the mainstream websites fired up about wrestling again. So how can WWE use this to make a better product? CM Punk is not coming back to the WWE anytime soon, Ryback isn’t suddenly going to become The Rock, and John Cena has a good five years left in his tank, so we’re going to keep seeing the same old song and dance. What I would love to see come out of this CM Punk revelation is for the WWE to start listening to the fans, to give some of these newer guys the green light to go out and try to become the next Stone Cold without worrying about their job security. If even one or two guy can use that Punk interview to fuel a change in their character’s direction, then CM Punk will have succeeded with changing Pro Wrestling forever.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Trailers, Trailers & Trailers

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - The Force Awakens  

 The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Jurassic World

Kingsman: The Secret Service

GameStop Expo - LipStickOnMe in Anaheim

Gamestop Expo is an event hosted by Gamestop for its managers and customers. It takes place in Anaheim, Ca at the Aneheim convention center ob September 10th, 2014. This Expo also has a preview night on where the adult tournaments take place. There are many events that kids, teens and adults can partake in. The tournament games include Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Dance Central, Ultra Street Fighter, Injustice, Titanfall and many others. I begin my day entering a lovely VIP lounge where the kids tournaments are now in place. There are also consoles open for Gameplay but unfortunately some of these kids parents didn't teach them any manners as I have been standing behind this Mario Kart 8 set up for four consequtive games now. VIP admission also allows early admission to the exibit hall. The give aways at this event have been unbelievable. I recieved 4 strategy guides that retail for $30 each in addition to the VIP swag I was already given. If you can't make E3 or another expo or con I highly suggest checking this one out. It's not over crowded. The lines for everything are brief and the swag is the best I have recieved even over Comic Con International and E3 in my opinion.

So far I have played the new Adventure Time game for Nintendo 3Ds. This game plays a lot like a Zelda game where you can cut bushes and your enemies. In this game Finn is on a quest thru three towers to find the three kidnapped princesses. This is an unusual task for Finn as he is in a new world he is unfamiliar with.
I have also played NIS Americas highly anticipated Fairy Fencer F. Upon first glance the battle system and caves to explore look identical to the Hyperspacedimension Neptunia series, but the movement is much smoother and the battle less stiff and more enjoyable. No shade to Neptunia of course. Being an aspiring journalist I was honored to meet the senior editor and staff of Game Informer magazine. I recieved their autographs on an amazing Destiny/Evolve duel sided poster. It was an honor for me and that will definately be framed in my new home in New York.

Moving on let me tell you guys about Atlus. Huge shout out to them. Every hour they are doing a raffle of amazing games. These games are for Vita, Ps3 and Xbox. They range from Catherine to rare editions of Mugen Souls that include the soundtrack. They are raffling about ten items an hour and in an event that is NOT over crowded you have a good chance to win. If you don't win its very simple to grab a ticket and try again. So far I've won an Etrian Odyssey Forest of Eternity artbook. I will now have to check this game out as the artwork seems legit. I now also have my third ticket to attempt to win again and can return more to win even more! You the real MVP Atlus! But wait there's more....Atlus is giving out amazing posters for both new Persona games and candy! Candy!!! I think I just cried a little typing this.

Funny story side I've never played any Persona fighter ever in life. I played against someone familiar with the game and found out the gist of my moves and bodied him. He claimed he was used to playing on pad not stick. I just trolled him like I was a seasoned Persona vet and said, "I play the game on stick all the time so don't feel bad." The reality of the situation was he lacked fighting game basics. He kept doing this unsafe move that left him open to my upslice launch in which I could juggle a bit thus having me deal more damage. Maybe well see me in the Persona Fgc soon because I'm not going to lie, that game was very fun to play. Persona Champ LipstickOnMe coming soon. :)

Some upcoming news for all you gamers out here may be that Cricket wireless is teaming up with Gamestop! I've recently dropped my old phone provider and so far the best thing about Sprint is that I can now Sprint on over to Cricket and get myself a new phone with no monthly contract! I also can live the dream of going to pick up some new games and pay my phone bill in the same trip. I'm all for this Cricket and Gamestop marrige and I with you many years of solid type Square Enix lovin.

It is now about 12pm and the amazing people at Gamestop have provided every man's dream.....a Madden EA sports lounging area! You can sit on nice sofas and play all the Madden you wish. You could also choose to sit on the side line circle seating area like myself, which also has a charging outlet for each person as they sit and relax. No more sitting on the floor along the wall to charge your device in exhibit hall. Hint Hint E3. There was no video or photos allowed of Mortal Kombat X. I will say this, the demo plays as beautifully as the videos you guys have seen on YouTube. I chose to play with Ferra/Torr because they looked beast. Their movement was pretty decent. They did not feel beyond slow which is great for a larger character. I chose the Vicious variation which allows me to throw Ferra as a weapon. The same eight characters everyone is already aware of was all we had access to in this demo. The Xrays are also very nice. I witnessed Cassie Cage's nut punch Xray which made me hurt even though I don't have that anatomy.

The next game I played was The Evil Within. When I asked if this game was scary then Outlast, the response I got was,"Easy." My follow up question was,"Ok then on a scale of 1-10 how scary is this game?" To which I was told, "An easy ten." I played the demo for literally two minutes. I walked thru a door and heard a loud noise and that was it for me. I watched many others play this demo and the most interesting thing I seen was a head cut open revealing the brains and the player having to place stakes thru it in specific spots. This game may top PT aka Silent Hills in horror upon release. If you are a fan of horror genre which I am NOT, I'd definatly recommend this game for you. The day was long and fun, but the love they show was ridiculous. Feel free to check out all my photos and if you love games in an area that's not overly crowded, I'd recomend you check out GameStop Expo.

Mortal Kombat X Gameplay

Mortal Kombat Community put out a gameplay video earlier this month. It's outstanding, check it out and let us know what you think.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Marvel Studios 2015-2019

May 1, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron

With the nerd rage Age of Ultron teaser trailer, we still don't know much about this movie. That's a good thing, we do know the story of Ultron and if you don't, click here. What Easter eggs do you expect?

July 17, 2015
Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas join the Marvel Studios team. Ultron was originally created by Hank Pym, who is being played by Douglas. I still believe he is linked to the Age of Ultron film in some way. How do you feel about this film?

May 6, 2016
Captain America: Civil War
CIVIL WAR, I didn't think we would see this title until after the Infinity War, I understand the angle they are taking with putting this film here. How do you feel about Civil War?

Nov. 4, 2016
Doctor Strange
It's almost confirmed the Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Steven Strange. My question is do you think B.C. can handle the Marvel Studios schedule and if he can pull off a good american accent. Your thought?

May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Guardian 1 didn't disappoint and I'm sure Part 2 will not. The big news was the release date was pushed up to May rather than July.

July 28, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok
The End of All Things... This film picks up right after Avengers 2 and will have major outcome on the MCU. Hemsworth and Hiddleston return. Do you think another gem will be introduced in this film?

Nov. 3, 2017
Black Panther
Chadwick Bosemon is an outstanding actor that starred in Get On Up and 42. He's a good age and will be introduced in Age of Ultron. Are you guys ready for Wakanda?

May 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1)
Thanos will finally make his true appearance on earth. I see the method to the madness. It's an outstanding plan. Do you see it?

July 6, 2018
Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers is FINALLY here... We did a post a while back about Marvel and women leads and how Marvel has a plan, just relax and wait. Read it yourself.. Marvel Studios: Fears Females

Nov. 2, 2018
Kevin Feige said that this film could introduce up to 12 characters into the Marvel Studios family. We basically know that Qucksilver and Scarlet Witch are Inhumans, but who's next? Black Bolt, Medusa or even Gorgon. This preps us for the rest of Infinity War.

May 2019
Avengers: Infinity War (Part 2)
The reason Captain Marvel and Inhumans are coming before Infinity War Part 2 is to add to the fight versus Thanos. In the comic basically the whole 616 fought Thanos, Earth and Galactic. With the initial team already formed, you add to the team with Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, The Vision, Ant-Man, Wasp, Doctor Strange, Adam Warlock, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and a list of Inhumans. Not to mention, they may add to this with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Defenders and maybe even Mockingbird. It's that serious guys, Thanos is that big of deal and I believe Marvel Studios can use all these characters in some way throughout both of these films. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: The Death of Wolverine

He’s dead! He’s finally dead! *Pops a bottle of champagne and feels up Jubilee without hesitation*

That’s right “true believers”, Marvel has killed off Wolverine. After years of being ridden harder than Marsellous Wallace during the basement scene in pulp fiction, Marvel put their former cash cow out to pasture. 

Let me start by saying by no means do I hate Wolverine. As a matter of fact, I loved him from the first time I saw him on the X-Men animated series. I hate that he’s been whored out to the entire Marvel Universe. After years of over use in multiple books including Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, Wolverine and the X-Men, Amazing X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, New X-Men, X-Force, Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny Avengers, Avengers, New Avengers, Wolverine, The Savage Wolverine, Wolverine Origins, (Just) Origin, and Wolverine: first class he can finally get some rest. 

Wolverine started out as a thug. The first X-Man to kill without hesitation and with no consequence. Marvel's coolest anti-hero. But over the years as his popularity grew, his persona was toned down for the masses to accept and he became a simp. He’s lost what made him a great character… he was a mysterious killer with a blank past. Plain and simple. I saw his downfall coming when Marvel "declawed" our boy and made him head of a school named after a chick that gave him no play. Took away his healing factor and then kicked him out of the Avengers. That was publication suicide if I ever saw it.

I haven’t read a Wolverine solo book in about a decade, but to be honest I feel the Watcher got a better send off than Logan. The book seemed to rushed as I had to keep up with Logan gallivanting around the globe trying to find who's trying to killed him in only four issues. A story that I'm sure has been told in a dozen Wolverine books over the years. Every one of his villains makes an appearance in what seemed so forced and manufactured its hard to read. (EVEN CYBER MADE THE PARTY! WTF!? I'VE ONLY SEEN HIM ON TRADING CARDS) 

The best part of the mini series was Wolverine's actual death. I had a theory that they weren't going to actually kill him and he was going to retire the mantel and take up teaching full-time and be the next Xavier. I was wrong... They killed him. I mean really killed him. Let me explain this like we are playing Clue: It was Marvel, in the refurbished Weapon-X facility with an adamantium shower. When it comes superhero deaths it's not about the death it's about the come back and Wolverine died in a way that will take some major thinking to bring him back and I can't wait to see when and how.

 My prediction: 2019

Overall, The death of Wolverine was Marvel's "The Passion of the Christ". A four issue mini series that worked as a glorified snuff film. No story or real plot involved it was just Jesus walking to his crucifixion. No tricks. The series does little to draw readers in or keep them interested. You can pass on reading it. Wolverine dies and that's all you need to know.

In the meantime, you diehard Wolverine fans will have to be content with a few new books that take the place of wolverines solo books including:
  • Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy - Read about wolverine's closest friends and worst enemies deal with his death and not give a fuck about it in their regular books. 
  • Wolverines - A team book with a roster of Wolverine specific frenemies
  • Uncanny Avengers -Witness most interesting roster change up as Wolverine is replaced by Sabertooth?