Apr 102015
 

RunlovekillRunlovekill #1

-Like a far future version of Run Lola Run!

-An anime influenced series, Runlovekill features a frenetic, action driven comic from Image!

-Rain Oshiro has had a ticking clock placed on her as she’s chased by an evil government agency, given only twenty-four hours to escape the city.

-Experience a new voice in comics for only $2.99!

Bloodshot Reborn #1Bloodshot Reborn

-Anyone who read The Valiant miniseries needs to check out Bloodshot Reborn!

-Flowing out of the events depicted in The Valiant, Bloodshot Reborn is written by one half of the writing team from the latter miniseries, Jeff Lemire!

-A version of the classic story of the action hero coming out of retirement, Bloodshot Reborn sees the former super soldier forced out of exile for one last mission.

-Lemire’s script is brought to life by the highly detailed artwork of Marco Suayan!

The TitheTithe #1

-We’ve seen heist narratives about robbing banks, millionaires, and Fort Knox, but never one about stealing from churches!

-Tithe tells the story of an Anonymous-like hacker who is depleting the accounts of mega churches across the country.  But two determined FBI agents are closing in.  Will the hacker allude them?

-After launching the cult favorite series Postal, Matt Hawkins follows it up with this new Image comic.

-While not a miniseries, Tithe with tell its first storyline in only four issues, making it a concise first arc and a fast read.

Archie vs. Predator #1 Archie versus Predator

-After the success of the darkly toned Afterlife with Archie, the traditionally family friendly publisher has crossed into adult territory.

-The greatest game for the Predator may just be residing in Riverdale.

-After a relaxing day at the beach, the Archie gang ends up encountering the Predator, who will hunt them over the course of the series.

-Every issue will be drawn in the classic Archie style, comparing the bright and bubbly tone with the bloody horror of the Predator films.

Apr 032015
 

Dragon's GoldTell me if this sounds familiar.  A group of adventurers journey into a shadowy cave in an effort to steal a mountain of gold, but they must do all of this without awakening the ire of the dragon that guards it.  Created by Bruno Faidutti, known for Citadels, Dragon’s Gold is both a cooperative and antagonistic experience where players work together to defeat various dragons, but struggle against each other to divide the loot.

Three expansion packs for two of Fantasy Flight’s LCG series have dropped in the last Star Wars LCG Ready for Takeoffcouple weeks and we’ll cover both of them here.

First up, the Star Wars LCG receives a sixty card Force Pack called Ready to Takeoff.  These sixty cards grant players the opportunity to pilot famous ships from both sides of the galaxy while also adding ten new objective sets to expand the The Threat Beyond Warhammer 40K Conquestgameplay.

Second up, is a new War Pack for the Warhammer 40K Conquest LCG series, called The Threat Beyond.  As usual, this War Pack includes sixty cards to be added into the base game included a new Warlord and his eight card signature squad.  Lord of the Rings LCG The Lost Realm

Wrapping up a tripartite of Fantasy Flight living card game expansions is the newest big box expansion for the game, The Lost Realm.  The Lost Realm focuses on Bree-land and the battle between the Rangers and the Orcs.  The 165 cards included in the expansion add new heroes and player cards that provide new cooperative Castle Panic Dark Titanopportunities for players to explore the world of Middle Earth.

As if Castle Panic wasn’t already built to induce a cold sweat, Fireside Games has released a new expansion to be added onto the base game or The Wizard’s Tower.  The Dark Titan is a small expansion that contains all the tiles and cards for a new army lead by the eight-point Agranok!  But you’re not going in completely unarmed, as the expansion also includes new forces to fight back with, including the Cavalier and Boiling Oil.

Apr 032015
 

Savior #1Savior #1

-Todd McFarlane, co-founder of Image Comics and creator of Spawn, returns to launch an entirely new series!

-McFarlane’s partner in launching this ongoing series is painterly artist extraordinaire, Clayton Crain (Carnage USA, X-Force, Rai)!

-Savior asks the question, “How would the real world react to a superpowered person showing up?”  No costume.  No code name.  Most view him as the second coming of Christ.  But is he a savior or a destroyer?

-Is Savior the next hit Image comic?  The next Walking Dead?  You only have to pay $2.99 to find out!

Kaijumax #1Kaijumax

-Think of a prison.  Now think of that prison, but with the human prisoners replaced with giant, Godzilla-like creatures.

-Zander Cannon, a frequent inker and illustrator on Alan Moore’s Top 10, will be writing and drawing this Oni Press series!

-You know the standard prison yard beat down?  Well, in Kaijumax that plays more like the city destroying fights between Mothra, Godzilla, and Rodan!

-Also, expect to see some legally distinct, but familiar monster faces mixed in with Cannon’s own designs!

Max Ridge First FlightMax Ride: First Flight #1 (of 5)

-Following in the footsteps of Marvel‘s successful and respected adaptations of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and The Stand, the publisher turns its talents toward James Patterson’s young readers series of novels!

-Marguerite Bennett (Earth 2 World’s End, Lois Lane, Batman, A-Force) will be adapting Patterson’s work!

-Max and her peers have been experimented on by an evil corporation, who have spliced their DNA with that of birds.  These teens break free, however, and take wing to escape the corporation’s Erasers!

-After the popularity of the action figure Star Wars variant covers, Marvel is also releasing an action figure variant for issue #1 of Max Ride.  Unlike Star Wars, though, these will be sold at cover price!

DC Convergence Week 1Convergence Nightwing Oracle

-DC‘s reality spanning event begins in earnest this Wednesday!

-If you didn’t pick up Convergence #0 last week, it kicked off the backbone miniseries for the event, seeing Brainiac slam various alternate realities together so they can fight to the death.

-Each of the other series in this Convergence event will be two issues long, spanning from April to May.

-Launching this week are Atom, Batgirl, Batman & Robin, Harley Quinn, Justice League, Nightwing Oracle, Question, Speed Force, Superman, and Titans!

Mar 272015
 

Uncanny InhumansUncanny Inhumans #0

-If you’ve been watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. you are aware that the Inhumans are a big thing right now!

-If you’re looking to get the lowdown on who the Inhumans are before their film drops, this is the series to check out.

-Charles Soule, writer of the previous Inhuman series, returns to helm this new ongoing series.

-Joining Soule as the artist for the series is Steve McNiven (Civil War)!

Kanan The Last PadawanKanan The Last Padawan Star Wars

-The fourth Star Wars series to launch from Marvel comics!

-Avid fans of the Star Wars Rebels cartoon will want to pick up this series, as it stars Kanan Jarus!

-This series does not, however, take place in the pre-New Hope time period, but during the Clone Wars!

-Before Jarus was a renegade Jedi, he was a Padawan learner and this series will detail that story.

Ultron Forever AvengersAvengers Ultron Forever #1

-Time travel and the Avengers go together like peanut butter and chocolate and Ultron Forever is like the Reeses of the comic world!

-The Ultron Forever miniseries will take place across three “one shots,” Avengers, New Avengers, and Uncanny Avengers, each acting as a chapter of the complete story.

-Al Ewing, author of Loki Agent of Shield and Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, will be writing all three issues in conjunction with legendary artist Alan Davis!

-If you were disappointed by the Age of Ultron event, Ultron Forever will deliver on what that miniseries was missing, as various versions of The Avengers are brought forward and backwards in time to face off against Ultron!

Convergence #0Convergence

-It begins here!

-In April and May all, ALL, the DC series will be going away (that’s Batman, Superman, The Flash, everything)!  Taking their place for those two months will be the Convergence event!

-Issue #0 is where it all starts, where Brianiac slams together ever DC Elseworlds reality into a single realm!

-Ethan Van Sciver (Sinestro Corps War, Flash Rebirth, Green Lantern Rebirth) illustrates this important issue!

Mar 202015
 

Alchemists board gameA recurring trend in board gaming lately is the incorporation of phone apps into the mechanics of the game.  Alchemists is the newest example of this tactic as players compete as rival alchemists attempting to publish successful formulas.  An app randomizes the possible outcomes for each formula every time the game is played, resulting in a unique play experience on every replay.

Fans of Akira Kurosawa’s magnum opus, Seven Samurai, should take a look at one of Samurai Stylethe newest cooperative gaming experiences on the market, Samurai Spirit.  In this co-op card game, one to seven players take on the roles of brave samurai defending a poor farming village.  Over the course of multiple turns, each player must decide whether to fight a bandit, defend the village, or aid another samurai.  The delicacy of the game is coordinating a balance between the actions every player takes.  Too many bandits will be let through if the team aids each other too often, but other samurai may perish if they’re not helped.  These are the decisions that will lead to victory.

Batman Love LetterLast week we had Hobbit Love Letter, this week is Batman Love Letter.  Another version of the highly popular card game, like Hobbit Love Letter, actually changes up the gameplay.  In this version of the game, the point values per card remain the same, but the goal is to “capture” the highest cost villain at the end of the round.  The deck is comprised of famous Batman baddies like The Joker, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, and some good guys, too, like Batman and Robin.

Finally tonight, we’ll venture off into a galaxy far, far away.  After the well received arrival of the StaImperial Assault expansion packsr Wars Imperial Assault miniature battle game, Fantasy Flight has been quick to turn some individual miniature expansion packs.  Each of these Ally and Villain Packs contain an individual miniature accompanied by new missions to run and unique cards.  Out these weekend on the Ally side are Han Solo, Chewbacca, rebel sabetours, and rebel troopers and on the Villain side are IG-88, General Weiss, and the Royal Guard Champion.