Jun 242016
 

Con Man SpectrumCon Man’s Spectrum #1

-Aching for a Firefly reunion?  Con Man’s Spectrum may be the closest we get for awhile.

-Based off of the fan favorite webseries, this ongoing comic delves into the show-within-the-show.

-Not only does the series follow the characters played by Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, but it is also co-written by Tudyk, himself.

-Depicting episodes of the show-within-the-show, Spectrum, this series sees Fillion and Tudyk’s characters outrunning an alien race in an untested spaceship.

Hillbilly #1Hillbilly

-Eric Powell, the creator of The Goon and Big Man Plans, is back with a new ongoing series!

-This series will also see a crossover with one of Powell’s other popular characters, Buzzard!

-Following a mountainous fur trapper who lives among the Appalachian mountains, Hillbilly finds him battling and mingling with the fantasy creatures who reside in the forest.  Including a feral dog-boy!

-If you think The Goon is crazy, just see what sort of debauchery Powell can unleash writing and illustrating under his own imprint!

DC Superhero Girls v.1 tpbDC Superhero Girls v.1 tpb “Finals Crisis”

-The first in a series of all-ages graphic novels for female readers!

-DC has heard the outcry for action figures and content that appeals and connects with women.

-All of your favorite DC heroines, like Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Poison Ivy, are just trying to make it through superhero high school when a mysterious villain gets in their way.

-Yancy Labat’s art style is cartoonish and colorful in the same vein as Bee and Puppycat, Lumberjanes, and Adventure Time!

Vision v.1 tpbVision v.1 tpb

-We’ve been telling everyone to read this comic for months!  Now is the time to jump on!

-Slowly building a name for himself, Tom King received the Batman writing gig based off of the critical acclaim of this series.

-Combines qualities from The Stepford Wives, Desperate Housewives, David Lynch, and various horror films into one surreal, twisted package.

-After being rebooted, Vision has built himself an android family (a wife and two children) and moved to the suburbs of Washington, D.C.  With the neighborhood distrusting the “robots” who’ve moved in and The Avengers skeptical of Vision’s choices, an unfriendly foe comes knocking.  Things will never be the same.

Jun 172016
 

Civil War II Choosing SidesCivil War II Choosing Sides #1 (of 6)

-The Civil War II tie-in miniseries are heating up with this third release!

-Focusing on the split in ideologies that initiates the Civil War event, Choosing Sides will present two stories from each side of the argument.

-Artist Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight) will not only be providing artwork for portions of the miniseries, but also handling writing duties.

-Featuring an ensemble cast, Choosing Sides will focus on characters like Nick Fury, Black Widow, The Punisher, Moon Knight, and other “street level” or SHIELD related heroes.

James Bond v.1 HC “Vargr”James Bond 007 HC

-Dynamite‘s best ongoing series receives its first collection!

-Comic veteran Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Moon Knight, Nextwave, Astonishing X-Men) is killing it on this series, capturing the perfect blend of Ian Fleming’s novel Bond and the coldness of the Daniel Craig films.

-After enacting grisly revenge for the death of another 00 agent, Bond is assigned to investigate a technology corporation who appears to have ties to a devastating street drug.

-Working off of Ellis’ minimalist scripts, artist Jason Masters delivers panel layouts and action sequences that are gorgeously paced and inventively illustrated.

Deadpool vs GambitDeadpool vs. Gambit #1 (of 5)

-Two of the most nineties Marvel superheroes out there join forces in this five issue miniseries.

-Comedic writing duo, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts, Thrilling Adventure Hour), return to Marvel to bring the funny to this miniseries.

-Deadpool vs. Gambit will unveil an previously unknown history between the characters!

-When the anti-heroes have to pull a heist together things go terribly wrong, leading to them eventually having to sling hamburgers in a dinner together. . .what?

Star Wars The Force Awakens #1 (of 5)Star Wars The Force Awakens Adaptation

-You’ve seen the film a hundred times.  Now read the Marvel comic adaptation!

-Broken up over five issues, this adaptation covers the events of the film plus maybe a few new scenes.

-A new voice on the Marvel scene, Chuck Wendig (Hyperion) handles writing duties here.

-With beautiful variant covers by Esad Ribic, Joe Quesada, and John Cassaday, the interiors will be equally great by veteran artist, Luke Ross.

Jun 102016
 

New Game Stuff, what?  Where have you been?  I know, I know.

Cultists and CthulhusIt’s hard to find good help if you’re a cultist nowadays.  Or, at least, that’s what Cultists & Cthulhus would have you believe.  Brimming with the nerdy, cynically tinged humor shared by Munchkin and Chez Geek, Cultists & Cthulhus has players controlling rival cult leaders.  Each player attempts to round up followers, enact rituals, and (with hope) summon their very own old one.  Any two to eight Lovecraft fans will have a great time when they pick up a copy of Cultists & Cthulhus.My Little Pony Marks in Time booster

Eventually, every popular nerd series delves into time travel.  It’s just an unwritten rule.  Well, My Little Pony ventures into that timey wimey realm with the newest expansion set for the MLP collectible card game, Marks in Time.  Since the set is themed around time travel and alternate realities, players will find updated, younger, or irregular versions of classic cards and ponies in the set.

Agricola RevisedWait, Agricola?  That’s been out forever.  But there you would be wrong.  For one, Agricola has been out of print for a good deal a time, so having any version back in print is a good thing.  Second, this version of the game is an updated and revised edition.  Agricola Revised now features wooden game pieces and a streamlined rulebook that allows the game to play quicker and easier for younger players.  Fans of Settlers of Catan, San Juan, and Puerto Rico, if you’ve never played Agricola, now is the time.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters TMNT

Long awaited by all heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dicemasters set is finally out!  This oversized base set includes enough materials for two or four players, depending on how you divide the resources.  Featuring the artwork and character designs from various eras of TMNT, the game is playable by all ages.  As the game features the same popular mechanics of Quarriors and the other Dicemasters editions, TMNT Dicemasters can be combined with any of the previous sets.  So, if you want Star Wars Galactic Ambitions expansonyou can have Leonardo face off against Spider-Man and Harley Quinn!

Another in the line of beloved Star Wars The Card Game expansions, Galactic Ambitions is out this weekend.  Featuring five new objective sets for both the Sith and Rebel factions, Galactic Ambitions is a major addition to the base game.  Not only do the Sith and Rebel factions receive new objectives, but every other faction also gains one extra objective set.  Among those new cards, there is not only another version of Darth Vader, but also Star Wars Rebels‘ Kanan Jarrus!Eternal Masters Magic the Gathering

Finally, if you’re a Magic player and haven’t been living under a rock in the realm of Zendikar, you’ll have been salivating for the release of Eternal Masters.  Out this weekend, Eternal Masters is the follow-up to the two Modern Masters sets that raised such a fuss in the Magic world.  Reprinting cards from the very beginning of Magic the Gathering, but in never-before-seen foil versions, this set is seriously desired by any die hard Magic player.  Boxes are limited and the price point will rise swiftly as the set goes out of print, so grab what you can, while you can.

Jun 102016
 

Civil War II X-MenCivil War II X-Men #1 (of 4)

-Another of the Civil War II miniseries hits the shelves!

-Written by Missouri’s own Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Harrow County, Deadpool).

-With the arrival of new Inhuman Ulysses, the X-Men worry that he will tip the scales in their battle with the Inhumans.  One mutant will fight to make sure that does not happen.

-If you’ve been reading Uncanny X-Men, this miniseries will feature many of the characters starring in the book.

Tales from the Darkside #1Tales from the Darkside

-The team behind one of the comic industry’s most lauded comic series, Locke & Key, return with a new miniseries.

-These issues will feature re-imagined and rewritten versions of episodes from the Tales from the Darkside television series.

-Each episode will be written by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill (20th Century Ghosts, NOS4A2, Horns).

-Again, we can’t stress enough that this is the first time Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez have worked together since the end of Locke & Key!

Dark Knight Returns Last CrusadeDark Knight Returns:  The Last Crusade #1

-Long overdue, this prequel one-shot finally arrives on shelves!

-Takes place before the events of The Dark Knight Returns!

-Like the Dark Knight III miniseries, this one shot will be co-written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello!

-Features stories about The Joker, The Riddler, and Batman‘s last Robin, all illustrated by John Romita, Jr.!

Han Solo #1 (of 5)Han Solo Star Wars

-The Star Wars miniseries you’ve been waiting for Marvel to print!

-Acclaimed author and comic writer Marjorie M. Liu (X-Men, X23) handles writing duties on this five issue mini.

-Leia asks Han to enter a notorious space race, The Dragon Void, in order to rescue a group of informants.  Only problem is, Han really wants to win the race.

-All of this is brought to gorgeous life by Mark Brooks, who commonly handles cover duties, but is making a rare return to interiors for Han Solo!

Jun 032016
 

Civil War II Amazing Spider-ManCivil War Amazing Spider-Man & Gods of War #1 (of 4)

-With Civil War II in overdrive, Marvel begins turning out four tie-in miniseries this week.

-Out this week are the Civil War II:  Amazing Spider-Man and Civil War II:  Gods of War first issues.

-The inciting incident for Civil War II is the discovery of Ulysses, an Inhuman who can predict the future.  When he predicts that one of Peter Parker’s closest friends will betray him, Spider-Man has to dig deep to uncover the mole in his organization.

-While the Civil War threat rages on, Hercules discovers a related obstacle that needs defeating.  While the Avengers are busy, however, Hercules will have to assemble a team of mythic heroes to quell the problem.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (of 4)Prometheus Life and Death

-Another miniseries in the Life and Death Dark Horse crossover that began with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Acclaimed writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman) continues where he left off with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Spinning out of the events of that previous miniseries, Prometheus:  Life and Death follows the Colonial Marines after they have outrun the Predators.

-Unfortunately, the ship they have stolen crash lands on LV-223, the planet where the Engineers built the Xenomorphs.

Gotham Academy LumberjanesLumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (of 6)

-Boom! and DC join forces for a crossover miniseries that no one knew they wanted, but were thrilled to receive once it was announced!

-Lumberjanes is one of Boom! Studios‘ flagship titles, having earned numerous Eisner Awards and countless avid fans who appreciate the inclusive tone and wacky humor of the series.

-Gotham Academy has also earned an army of fans, but on the DC side of the street.  Essentially a Harry Potter-equivalent for the DC Universe, Gotham Academy follows a group of plucky teens at a private school in Gotham as they uncover mysteries and battle ghosts, ghouls, and other creatures.

-As both groups are addicted to solving mysteries, a spooky building hidden in the woods draws them together for an all-ages adventure.

DC Rebirth Week 2Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

-Returning to their original numbering (adding all of the interceding New 52 issues) Action Comics and Detective Comics return.  Action Comics will star an empowered Lex Luthor as he fills Superman‘s shoes, while Detective Comics sees Batman and Batwoman training an Bat-Family army that includes Spoiler, Tim Drake, and Clayface.

-After Geoff Johns established Aquaman as one of the DC Universe‘s greatest heroes, Dan Abnett picks up the reins sending Arthur Curry on a dangerous mission to battle Black Manta while brokering peace between Atlantis and the surface world.

-Spinning out of the mind-blowing events of DC Universe Rebirth #1, Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted, The Illuminati) takes over the Flash series with Barry Allen at the center.

-Greg Rucka (Black Magick, Batman, 100 Bullets) returns to Wonder Woman, a series he received ample acclaim for writing in the early 2000s!  A close loss and the removal of a classic weapon lead Wonder Woman on a journey to reclaim her position as Themascyra’s ambassador.