Feb 202015
 

D4ve #1D4ve #1 (of 5)

-Humanity is dead, the robots won!

-Ryan Ferrier, writer of the absurd adventure series Shutter, launches this new miniseries through IDW.

-After wiping out all of human life, robots have acclimated to a fairly boring existence working day jobs, paying taxes, and getting stuck in traffic.

-Now, the robot society’s greatest war hero, D4ve, faces the biggest challenge of his time:  fatherhood.

Curb Stomp #1 Curb Stomp #1

-The second (that’s two!) new series from Ryan Ferrier launching this week!

-Curb Stomp is a violent blending of The Warriors, Whip It, and every all female punk band you’ve ever heard of!

-A gang of femme fatales must protect their home turf from other rival gangs!

-With a gang name like The Fever and members like Daisy Chain, Violet Volt, and Machete Betty, how can you turn it down?!

Orphan Black #1Orphan Black #1

-Spins directly out of the hit BBC series!

-Written by John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, creators of the television show!

-Sarah continues to uncover the truth behind her strange past as one of numerous clones.

-Issues will focus on the various clones and identities that have been derived from Sarah’s genetics.

Spider-Gwen #1Spider-Gwen #1

-This book exists solely because the fans demanded it!  And who wouldn’t when it’s set in an alternate reality where Gwen Stacy is Spider-Gwen and a member of the punk band The Mary Janes?

-The same creative team that introduced Spider-Gwen in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez, are back to helm this ongoing series!

-Since this series takes place in an alternate reality, all bets are off!  Any character can die and no one is who you expect them to be!

-Gwen’s will be going up against Frank Castle, the chief of police whose dead set on catching her, Peter Parker The Lizard, and many other unexpected foes!

Feb 132015
 

Ei8htEi8ht #1 (of 5)

-Rafael Albuquerque, the artist on American Vampire and Animal Man, launches a miniseries for Dark Horse!

-Sleekly designed and featuring Albuquerque’s iconic style, Ei8ht is a good looking book!

-Fans of Interstellar will appreciate the narrative of this miniseries, as it follows a chrononaut stranded in an alternate dimension.

-Catch is, this chrononaut has an acute case of amnesia.  A disembodied voice is all that guides him as he attempts to escape.

Secret Identities #1Secret Identities

-A superhero team book, but with a twist!  And, yes, I typed that last part in an M. Night Shyamalan from Robot Chicken accent!

-From Jay Faerber, writer of the fan favorite Western/Sci-Fi series Copperhead.

-A prominent superhero team, named The Front Line, has protected the world for years and they’ve just accepted a new member named Crosswind.  Little do they know, Crosswind is a mole who is on a mission to gather up all their secrets.

-Image Comics does not have many straight forward superhero comics, but when they add one it’s in the inventive, subversive Image style.

Pathfinder Origins #1Pathfinder Origins #1 (of 6)

-Hot on the heels of the last hit Pathfinder miniseries, Dynamite Entertainment drops a new six issue mini!

-Origins is an anthology miniseries, which means that each issue will be written and drawn by a different creative team.

-To prove their mettle to the Pathfinder Society, Valeros and his party have to recount stories of their bravery, which will be what occupies each issue.

-In addition to the story, each issue will also feature a pull-out map that can be used in the Pathfinder RPG and a encounter that can be played through.

Silk #1Silk #1

-The spider ladies are taking over Marvel!

-Fresh off her adventures in Spider-Verse and Spider-Woman, Silk is out on her own in the Big Apple.

-Robbie Thompson takes over his first Marvel series as he takes some time off of writing the cult hit CW series, Supernatural!

-Having been locked up for decades, Cindy Moon will be interacting with major Spider-Man characters throughout this series, including Black Cat, Hydra, and a handful of Spidey villains!

Feb 072015
 

Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack 2Another party of adventurers joins the Dungeon Roll!

The Dungeon Roll Legends Hero Booster Pack #2 provides eight entirely new heroes to be mixed into the popular dungeon crawl dice game.  These heroes, however, are far beefier than any of the previous heroes, so make sure to play them against each other or in a situation where other players are looking for a challenge.Deus board game

Deus is Latin for God, making it a perfect name for the new hand management where players pray to their society’s deities through offerings.  Deus begins with players receiving a hand of five cards, randomly featuring one of six colors.  Each color represents a resource (military, trade, temples, etc.), which is then used to construct buildings in honor of the gods.  These buildings are placed on a variable board (whose dimensions are Village Port Expansiondecided by the number of players) in order to acquire points and gain victory.

The boundaries of the popular Tasty Minstrel Game release, Village, continue to grow.  Village:  Port is the newest expansion for the game and it is a sizable one.  Not only does Port give players the option of boarding a skiff and sailing the seas in order to find buried treasure, but also new life goal cards that allow players to choose career options for their characters.Chez Geek Slack to the Future

It’s taken Steve Jackson a bit of time to get another Chez Geek expansion out on the shelves, but, to be fair, the game is about who can be the laziest.  Like a slacker cousin to the popular Munchkin franchise, Chez Geek has players earning slack points for doing as little as they can.  Slack to the Future, the creatively titled expansion that hits shelves this weekend includes fifty-six new jobs, Aqua Spherefriends, food, and activities that can be used to acquire “slack” in the game.

While it may not be as insane as Sealab 2021, AquaSphere is still a frantic game of underwater area control.  Players compete to collect data regarding the ocean.  Every player controls a team of researchers (comprised of a scientist, engineer, robots, and submarines) across to halves of the game board (a lab and headquarters).  Gathering knowledge points moves you closer to winning and to do so players must expend actions to observe octopuses, expand your lab, or increase your team’s abilities.Hanabi Deluxe

Hanabi, among the most popular cooperative games on the market, gains a deluxe edition this weekend.  Deluxe Hanabi plays exactly like the original, with player working together to create a fireworks display.  The trick is that each player can see everyone but their own fireworks, requiring everyone to describe and hint at what each other has.  The Deluxe Hanabi edition replaces the standard cards with Mahjong tiles, reflecting the Eastern influence and setting of the game.

Feb 062015
 

Rocket Raccoon v.1 HCRocket Raccoon v.1 HC

-Skottie Young (known for his baby variant covers) writes and illustrates the first arc collected in this hardcover volume.

-This first volume contains issues one through six of the highly popular ongoing series.

-In the first story, Rocket is being hunted down by all of his vengeful ex-girlfriends.  This raccoon gets around!

-Following that story, Rocket, Groot, and some other aliens share campfire stories.  Oh, and it’s Groot‘s turn, so the whole issue uses “I am Groot!” as the only lines of dialog.

Empty #1Empty #1

-The creator of Bomb Queen and Five Weapons, Jimmie Robinson, launches a new series from Image Comics.

-Anyone who reads Planetary, Copperhead, or any other post-apocalyptic or grungy Sci-Fi series should check this out.

-A young, female scavenger, named Tanoor, joins forces with a stranger who has the power to restore the dead world they live on.

-Like a road movie across an apocalyptic wasteland.

The Sculptor HCThe Sculptor GN

-Respected comic theorist, artist, and writer, Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) is releasing his first work in years!

-The Sculptor follows the titular character as he is granted special abilities from Death to have anything he sculpts come to life.  The catch, he only has 200 days to live.

-Having recently published hits like Seconds, This One Summer, and other 2014 hits, :01 First Second publishing is on a role.

-Check out what is sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2015!

Darth Vader #1Star Wars Darth Vader #1

-Marvel‘s second Star Wars launch title!

-Star Wars #1 sold out nearly immediately, with variant and regular covers shooting up in price!  You better believe Darth Vader will do the same.

-Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked and the Divine, Journey into Mystery), one of the most literary comic authors working today, is working on one of the most iconic characters in history!

-Following the events of A New Hope, Darth Vader will see the Sith Lord gunning for the rebel forces that left him stranded in space after the destruction of the first Death Star.

Jan 312015
 

Yu Gi Oh Dice Masters Starter setSince Marvel’s Dice Masters game has been more than reasonably popular, WizKids and Asmodee have followed it up another starter set featuring characters from the anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh.  Like the previous releases, this starter set features enough dice and materials for two players to go head-to-head.  Each set of dice represent a character and players build-up teams of multiple characters by purchasing more dice.  And, yes, this set can be incorporated into any of the previous Dice Masters sets.A Game of Thrones A Deadly Game Chapter Pack

George R.R. Martin may not be getting the next Game of Thrones novel out in 2015, but Fantasy Flight is certainly continuing to release Chapter Packs for the A Game of Thrones LCG.  The newest, A Deadly Game, is the second release in the Wardens cycle.  This cycle is emphasizing traits, bonuses for using noteworthy characters, and limited responses, all Gripmat Starfield Sector Oneof which is continued in this release.

Do you get frustrated when you’re playing a game and someone accidentally knocks all the tiles or cards all over the table?  Well, you don’t have to worry about that if you pick up a GripMat.  Out this weekend, the Nebula and Starfield GripMats are durable, textured, fully illustrated mats that are intended to be used with a number of board games.  The texture on the mats keeps your tiles, cards, and game pieces from sliding around the table.  They also come in a variety of sizes and can be used with X-Wing and either version of Attack WingStar Trek Attack Wing Wave 10 11

Speaking of Attack Wing, WizKids has released the newest Star Trek Attack Wing wave of ships this weekend.  Included within this wave are the Romulan IRW Drone, the Federation Fighter Squadron 6 (comprised of three ships), and the Hirogen Alien Hunter.  Each expansion pack includes a model of the ship and Netrunner Order and Chaosthe cards needed to field it.

Like yin and yang, order and chaos balance each other out, especially in the third deluxe expansion for Netrunner LCG.  Named Order and Chaos, this expansion contains one hundred and sixty-five additional cards for use with the base game and any other expansions.  These cards introduce three new Anarchs that can be pitted against the machinations of the Weyland Corporation.

The popular XCOM PC game comes to the world of board gaming this weekend.  However, the game has not far from the digital world as it has incorporated a special app that controls certain XCOM The Board Gamemechanics, scenario options, and acts as the board game’s rulebook.  As you might imagine, the game increases in replay value as the app will keep every gameplay fresh with new arrangements of aliens and scenarios.  If you aren’t familiar with the original XCOM, players will assume the roles of an strikeforce organized to defend the Asanteplanet against alien invasion.

From the makers of other popular two player card games, including Jambo and Waka Waka, Asante (African for thank you) is another in the two player Kosmos line.  A set collection and hand management game, Asante puts players into the roles of vendors dealing in various resources.  Outside of collecting sets of resources for points, players can also loose animals (i.e. points) or visit holy relics to gain extra abilities.Mythotopia

Another new deck building game hits the market this weekend in the form of Mythotopia.  The standard deck building mechanics of a starting hand, a random assortment of cards to purchase, and various victory points are still present.  However, a set of variable providence cards provides the possibility of altering the rules and win conditions of the game.  Depending on which of these providence cards are activated, the game can also shift from a individualistic play experience to an aggressive Necron Codex HCone.

The wait is over, the Necron Codex has finally been updated.  This new hardcover edition features one hundred and twenty pages of material geared toward the newest iteration of Warhammer 40K rules.  Included in those pages are sections detailing the Necron Legions, new information on warlord traits, wargear, and tactical objectives, rules for the Decurion Detachment, datasheets, and the usually gallery of painted miniatures.