Jun 122015
 

ThorsSecret Wars Battlworld Week 4

-After a three week deluge of new Secret Wars tie-ins, Marvel lets up slightly for the fourth week.

-Essentially the Marvel Universe‘s anti-Justice League, the Squadron Sinister (previously Supreme) are blazing a trail across Battleworld, participating in fisticuffs with every team they cross paths with.

-Every Battleworld needs a school and the new Runaways miniseries is all about class!  Written by Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), Runaways brings back some of the original team alongside new characters like a young Winter Soldier, Cloak and Dagger, and Valeria Richards.

-Taking the place of the stellar Thor series, Thors focuses on the Battleworld police force as they solve mysteries and break cases (cue the CSI:  Miami screech).  Oh, and Marvel writer extraordinaire, Jason Aaron, returns to helm this series! Plants vs Zombies Bully for You

Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You #1 

-Start planting those sunflowers, because the zombies are breaking through the hedges!

-Crazy Dave and his two young wards investigate the history of Dr. Zomboss.

-Each issue also includes two bonus stories by different creators, including Dustin Nguyen on issue one.

-A perfect young readers entry point!

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-Among DC‘s strongest new series, Gotham Academy is finally out in trade!

-Essentially Harry Potter in Gotham City, Gotham Academy stars a group of original characters navigating the haunted and mysterious hallways of the city’s most prestigious private school.

-Gorgeous, vibrant artwork from Karl Kerschel stands out among other drab, “house style” DC comics.

-There is currently no better series for tween or teen comic readers at DC!  This is a must read for anyone in that age range!

DC June Relaunch Week 3Justice League of America #1

-After three weeks, the flagship title of DC‘s June Relaunch is here!  Justice League of America, both written and illustrated by Bryan Hitch (America’s Got Powers, The Ultimates, The Authority), reunites the seven major DC heroes to battle evil!

-Fans of the current Batgirl run will want to pick up Black Canary #1 from the same creative team!

-A new hero takes over the golden helmeted mantle of Dr. Fate while Scott Lobdell re-imagines Doomsday as a Hulk-like teenager with a Jekyll and Hyde problem in Doomed.

-Rounding out this week are Harley Quinn and Power Girl (by the same creative team as the solo series), Robin Son of Batman (starring Damien Wayne), Martian Manhunter, and Prez (about the first teenage president elected by Twitter).

Jun 052015
 

Weirdworld #1Secret Wars Battleworld Tie-ins Week 3

-Another week, another batch of Secret Wars miniseries!

-1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 returns to Neil Gaiman’s alternate Marvel Universe with one of his original characters while Captain Marvel and the Carol CORPS #1 takes the place of the previous Captain Marvel series.

-Start your engines (Or horses.  Or centaur hooves?) for Ghost Racers #1 and go for the head shot in Marvel Zombies #1!

-The monsters and the Misses are out to play in Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #1 and Jason Aaron gets all psychedelic and Conan-ish with Weirdworld #1!

DC June Relaunch Week 2Constantine Hellblazer #1

-Out with the old Constantine in with Constantine the Hellblazer, a darker, sordid take on the morally questionable magician.  This new series is written by Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV and drawn by Riley Rossmo (Rasputin, Cowboy Ninja Viking).

-After surviving Convergence, the alternate universe versions of Batman, Power Girl, Huntress, Green Lantern, and others thrive in Earth 2 Society #1!

-Best buds Red Hood and Arsenal take their guns-for-hire friendship on the road now that Starfire is heading out on her own in a solo ongoing series.

-Finally, Garth Ennis returns to the outcast vigilantes he created in the nineties, the loser heroes of Section 8, in the All Star Section 8 miniseries.  Members include Dogwelder, Bueno Excellente, and Jean de Baton-Baton!

Starve #1Starve #1

-Brian Wood (DMZ, Rebels, The Massive, Northlanders) moves out of his comfort zone with this new series!

-Think Hunger Games meets Iron Chef!

-Gavin Cruikshank used to be a world famous television chef until he went into self-imposed exile.  Now he’s back to take control of his former show, which has now been turned into a cook-to-the-death game show!

-A new kind of gritty future is brought to life by one of comics best writers!

Batgirl v.1 tpb “Batgirl of Burnside”Batgirl v.1 tpb of Burnside

-You’ve heard about the yellow boots.  You’ve heard about the selfies.  You’ve heard about the Batgirl of Burnside!

-A fresh, energized entry point into the Batgirl section of the DC Universe, this six issue trade paperback volume contains the first storyline by an entirely new creative team!

-Upon revealing Batgirl‘s new costume design, the Internet exploded with cosplay and fanatical outpourings!

-Smart, funny, inventive single issue stories fill out this sizable volume, injecting a shot of joy and light into the gloomy Batman universe!  Great for teen readers!

May 292015
 

Nations the Dice GameAsmodee has whittled down the massive, strategy heavy Nations board game into a manageable, quick-to-play dice game!  Nations the Dice Game is a game for one to four players that takes ten to fifteen minutes per player and shares many concepts with the civilization-building game Nations while still offering its own challenges.Welcome to the Dungeon

Someone call Axel Rose, because it’s time for Welcome to the Dungeon!  A low difficulty, family and new gamer friendly card game, Welcome to the Dungeon is essentially “chicken” with monsters.  To see who has the guts to enter the dungeon, players take turns setting aside equipment or adding monsters to the dungeon pile.  Players have to make strategic choices about when to venture into the dungeon from there.

Star Realms deck boxEvery great card game needs and equally awesome deck box!  Legion Supplies has joined with White Wizard Games to produce high quality flip-top deck boxes for the popular deck building game, Star Realms.  Not only will these boxes hold an entire base set with sleeves on it, the box also contains dividers and a unique promo card that can only be attain by purchasing the deck box.Warhammer Relic Halls of Terra expansion

The future of the Antian Sector is at stake in the newest expansion in the Warhammer 40K Relic card game series.  Halls of Terra features a new side board depicting Holy Terra and the red planet Mars and three game changing scenario sheets.  Dozens of Threat, Mission, and Corruption cards bring these treacherous Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Wrath of the Righteousworlds and their ruthless politics to life.  In addition to the new board and cards, the expansion also contains four highly detailed plastic player pieces.

The newest base set for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Wrath of the Righteous is out this weekend.  Wrath of the Righteous supplies cooperative gaming for one to four players against all the regular fantasy creatures and baddies, adapting the roleplaying system to a card game mechanic.  Included in this edition are more than 500 cards, all of which contribute to the beginning of an entirely new adventure path.  Also out this weekend is the matching character expansion pack and its exclusive promo card!

May 292015
 

Batman BeyondDC June Relaunch Wave 1

-Now that Convergence is over, DC has canceled nearly half of their line and are replacing it in June with about twenty-four new series!

-The first wave of these new titles release this week.  DC‘s directive with this relaunch is not to erase continuity, but to expand the tones and genres represented at the company.  Creative over homogeneity.

-The new titles out this week include Bat-Mite, Batman Beyond, Bizarro, Midnighter, and Omega Men.

-Returning series with new creative teams or storylines include Action Comics, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Justice League, and Lobo.

Groot #1Groot

-With Secret Wars underway and the Rocket Raccoon series defunct, Marvel is filling that space with another member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

AirboyAirboy #1 (of 4)

-In the vein of Spike Jonze’s film Adaptation and Grant Morrison’s Animal Man run, Image Comics launches the Airboy miniseries.

-A meta series at heart, Airboy is about the creation of itself.  Wait, what?

-Yes, writer James Robinson (Fantastic Four, Earth 2, Starman) has written himself into his own comic.  His struggles with adapting Airboy, a character from the forties, his personal life, and his addictions are detailed across the series.

-Oh, but wait!  It’s not that easy, as Airboy, himself, actually begins appearing in the real world and confronting Robinson.  Talk about bringing a character to life.

Secret Wars Miniseries ReleasesAmazing Spider-man Renew Your Vows Secret Wars Battleworld

-With all of the main Marvel ongoing series going away, the Secret Wars tie-in miniseries continue to roll out.

-Out this week are Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows (MJ and Peter are married again!), Armor Wars (Tony versus all the other armors!), and Future Imperfect (Maestro Hulk returns!).

-Also out is Giant Sized Little Marvel AvX (Skottie Young’s baby variants as a comic!), X-Tinction Agenda (Cable and the nineties are back in force!), and Years of Future Past (Kitty Pryde returns to the far flung future of the X-Men).

-And for those who’ve been craving for more, Secret Wars #3 is also out this Wednesday!

May 222015
 

Doomtown Reloaded Frontier JusticeIn the most recent Doomtown Reloaded Saddlebag Expansion, Frontier Justice, the sheriff’s finally got his hands on one of Sloane’s Gang, but she’s got a deputy on her own too.  The new expansion contains eighty-four new cards and a story sheet to be incorporated into the base game.Stones of Fate

Stones of Fate is has been brought into American shores from Italy.  In the game, players will use skill, memory, and a bit of luck to move stones around a grid of cards, triggering the powers of the cards to gain points or attack their foes.  By flipping cards at the right time, after your stones have been placed around them, players will score their way to victory.  Do be warned, some of the cards depict nudity, so this is NOT a family game.

ESW_Box_MOCKA standalone sequel to Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards, Rumble at Castle Tentakill is a standalone expansion to that original, absurd card battle game.  Containing over 275 cards, the Rumble at Castle Tentakill expansion introduces new combos, eight new wizards, and the ability to play with two to six players.  Along with those additions, the game also introduces a quick-Tigris and Euphratesmatch mode that speeds up play.

Fantasy Flight has gotten their hands on the classic Reiner Knizia game Tigris and Euphrates and updated it for a new generation.  Tigris and Euphrates is a game of rival dynasties set in ancient Mesoptoami.  Creature a dynamic culture bay balancing commerce, agriculture, housing, and religion while also competing with your opponents for the area’s limited resources, laying claim to developing regions, and amassing as much treasure as Modern Masters 2015 Editionpossible.  The ruler who has cultivated the most balanced and advanced civilizations wins.

Long awaited, Wizards of the Coast has finally unleashed Modern Masters the 2015 Edition on the world.  This set collects cards playable in the modern format, some of which are among the most valuable cards in all of Magic the Gathering.  Grab a box or a handful of packs soon, though, as the previous set went out of print quickly and The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game The Paranet Papersonly went up in value.

Now players can bring the Paranet to their Dresden Files RPG game with the third hardcover volume in the series.  In The Paranet Papers hardcover players will find expanded information from the novels up to Changes, setting detail for Las Vegas, Neverglades, and more, an updated magic s ystem, and character and monster updates.