May 202016
 

Game of Thrones House Stark playmatEven though the members of the various Game of Thrones houses may be dwindling thanks to stabbings, dragon flames, beheadings, and other grisly forms of death, you can still represent them with the brand new Fantasy Flight playmats out this weekend.  Each playmat features the sigil of a house, including Stark, Targaryen, and Lannister.  Perfect for Magic the Gathering, the A Game of Thrones LCG game, or any other card game where you don’t want everything to slide all over the table.Waka Tanka

If you can look past the racism of Waka Tanka (trust us, the previous box art was worse), then you’ll probably have a great time with this bluffing game for three to six players.  In the game, players control shamans from the Sioux Nation, each attempting to conjure spirits in order to commune with them.  Each turn, players lay a spirit card face down in front of that spirit’s totem.  The catch is that a player is allowed to put down a card that does not match, something they’ll get away with Storyline Fairy Talesif no other player calls them on it.  Get rid of all your cards to claim victory.

Once upon a time there was a storytelling game that was not called Once Upon a Time and added mechanics from Apples to Apples.  That game was called Storyline Fairy Tales.  The first in a series of group storytelling games, Fairy Tales allows three to eight build their own fable with over 100 cards labeled with characters, locations, actions, and so forth.  Each player takes turns as the “narrator,” asking other players for a character or place or some other card descriptor.  The other players then place down their selection, leading to the narrator choosing the best one.  In the future, expansions will provide cards for other styles of story outside of fairy tales.My First Stone Age

The resource management game Stone Age is a great time for adults, but a little overly complicated and lengthy for children.  Z-Man games and designer Marco Teubner have solved that problem with My First Stone Age.  A kid friendly version of the game, My First Stone Age still involves two to four players moving figure around the board, collecting cute, wooden resources, and using them to construct their own settlements.  Unlike the original version of the game, My First Stone Age also plays in fifteen minutes, meaning a distracted child doesn’t have to pay attention that long in order to enjoy the experience.

 

May 202016
 

Captain America Steve RogersCaptain America Steve Rogers #1

-After qualifying for AARP benefits for the last several months, Steve Rogers is back to his youthful self!

-Nick Spencer, writer of the Sam Wilson Captain America series, Astonishing Ant-Man, and The Fix will also be handling writing duties on this series.

-Those who have been missing classic Captain America action, this is the series for you!  Cap is forced to go up against a resurgent Hydra, as well as two iconic enemies from his past.

-If you’re a fan of Sam Wilson, don’t worry.  Not only is Sam sticking around as Captain America, he will also be co-starring in this series.

Nighthawk #1Nighthawk

-Spinning out of the Marvel‘s Squadron Supreme series!

-Nighthawk is the Batman of the Squadron Supreme, but far more deadly and vicious.  So, fans of the Caped Crusader, Moon Knight, and other Batman-esque superheroes should give him a look.

-After leaving the Cyborg series at DC, David F. Walker is talking over writing duties on Nighthawk!

-Housed out of Chicago, Nighthawk is faced with a rash of serial murders.  To solve the case, he’ll have to dig deep into his own dark fears and doubts.

Scooby ApocalypseScooby Apocalypse #1

-This ain’t your momma’s Scooby Doo!

-Covers and writing duties are being handled by legendary comic creator, Jim Lee!

-Interior art, though not by Jim Lee, is from another veteran, Howard Porter.  Porter cut his teeth on Grant Morrison’s famous JLA run from the nineties and has recently been illustrating Superman and Justice League 3000.

-Still featuring classic Scooby-monster-hunting action, but in a setting more akin to The Walking Dead or Mad Max:  Fury Road.

DC Universe Rebirth #1DC Universe Rebirth

-DC is relaunching all of their series at #1, making it easier to jump into the universe.  And it all starts here!

-Likely the last comic issue written by Geoff Johns for the time being (as he’s, you know, kinda in charge of the DC Cinematic Universe now)!

-Everything you’ll need to know about the DC Rebirth timeline and universe will be established here!

-Not only will this one shot feature the death (his name rhymes with Looper Dan) and/or a return of character (his name rhymes with Jolly Guest), it’s price tag is only $2.99!

May 182016
 

Shipping on May 25th

COMICS

ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL #2
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9
ALIENS DEFIANCE #2
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.5
BACK TO THE FUTURE #3 (OF 4) SUBSCRIPTION VAR
BACK TO THE FUTURE #8
BACK TO THE FUTURE #8 SUBSCRIPTION VAR
BATGIRL #52
BATMAN 66 MEETS THE MAN FROM UNCLE #6 (OF 6)
BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #6 (OF 6) VAR
BILL & TED GO TO HELL #4
BLOODSHOT REBORN #13
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1 HIP HOP VAR
CAPTAIN MARVEL #5
CARNAGE #8
CRY HAVOC #5
CYBORG #11
DAREDEVIL #7
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #13
DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1
DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1 LTD ED VAR ED
DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1 MIDNIGHT RELEASE VAR ED
DEADPOOL #12
DEADPOOL #12 KOBLISH SECRET COMIC VAR
DEATHSTROKE #18
DIRK GENTLY A SPOON TOO SHORT #4 (OF 5)
DIVINITY II #2 (OF 4)
DOCTOR STRANGE #8
DOCTOR WHO 10TH YEAR TWO #10
DOCTOR WHO 12TH YEAR TWO #6
DOCTOR WHO 9TH #2
DRAX #7
DREAMING EAGLES #5 (MR)
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS (2016) #1 VAR
EAST OF WEST #26
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #10 AW
FLASH #52
GFT ESCAPE FROM MONSTER ISLAND #4 (OF 5)
GFT ROBYN HOOD ANNUAL #1
GFT SATANS HOLLOW #3 (OF 5)
GHOSTBUSTERS INTERNATIONAL #5
GRAYSON #20
GUIDE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIV CA WINTER SOLDIER ANT-MAN
HYPERION #3
IMAGE PLUS EXTRAS #2
IMPERIUM #16
JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #15
JOYRIDE #2 (OF 4)
JUDGE DREDD (ONGOING) #6
JUSTICE LEAGUE #50
JUSTICE LEAGUE #50 ROMITA VAR ED
JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001 #12
LEGACY OF LUTHER STRODE #6 (OF 6) (MR)
LOBSTER JOHNSON METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN #1 (OF 3
MIGHTY THOR #7
MOCKINGBIRD #3
MONSTRESS #6 (MR)
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #7
MOON KNIGHT #1 SMALLWOOD 2ND PTG VAR
MS MARVEL #7 RCW2
MUNCHKIN #17
NIGHTHAWK #1
NIGHTHAWK #1 SIENKIEWICZ HIP HOP VAR
OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN #5 (OF 5)
OMEGA MEN #12
ORPHAN BLACK HELSINKI #5 (OF 5)
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #6
RACHEL RISING #42
RED WOLF #6
RICK & MORTY #14
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 BLANK VAR ED
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 COLORING BOOK VAR ED
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 DAPHNE VAR ED
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 FRED VAR ED
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 SCOOBY VAR ED
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 SHAGGY VAR ED
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 VELMA VAR ED
SECRET SIX #14
SEX #28 (MR)
SONIC UNIVERSE #85
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #2 MCGUINNESS 4TH PTG VAR
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #3 MCGUINNESS 3RD PTG VAR
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #4 MCGUINNESS 2ND PTG VAR
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #5
SQUARRIORS VOL 02 SUMMER #1 (OF 4)
STAR WARS #19
STARBRAND AND NIGHTMASK #6
STARVE #9 (MR)
STREET FIGHTER X GI JOE #4 (OF 6)
STREET FIGHTER X GI JOE #4 (OF 6) VAR
STREET FIGHTER X GI JOE #4 (OF 6) SUBSCRIPTION VAR
SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED DEADSHOT KATANA #5 (OF 6
SUICIDERS KING OF HELLA #3 (OF 6) (MR)
SUPERMAN #52
SUPERMAN LOIS AND CLARK #8
TEEN TITANS #20
TOKYO GHOST #7
TOMBOY #5
TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #6
TRANSFORMERS #53
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE #53
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #8
UNCANNY INHUMANS #9
WE ARE ROBIN #12
WEIRDWORLD #6
WELCOME BACK #8
X-FILES (2016) #2
X-MEN WORST X-MAN EVER #4 (OF 5)

TPBs & HCs

300 HC
ALIENS VS PREDATOR OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC
BIG GUY & RUSTY BOY ROBOT HC SECOND ED
BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 04 GODWORLD (MR)
DAREDEVIL VS PUNISHER MEANS AND ENDS TP NEW PTG
DARK HORSE HEROES OMNIBUS TP
DARK HORSE SHORT STORY COLL TP
DEATH FOLLOWS TP
DRAX TP VOL 01 GALAXYS BEST DETECTIVE
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS TARZAN OMNIBUS TP
GOON TP VOL 00 ROUGH STUFF REVISED ED
GRENDEL OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 HUNTER ROSE
HELLBOY TP VOL 01 SEED OF DESTRUCTION
HOWLING COMMANDOS OF SHIELD TP MONSTER SQUAD
KLAW GN
LONE WOLF & CUB OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
MASSIVE TP VOL 01 BLACK PACIFIC
MIND MGMT HC VOL 01 MANAGER
PREDATOR OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
SAGA DLX ED HC VOL 01
SERENITY HC VOL 01 THOSE LEFT BEHIND 2ND ED
SIN CITY NEW MILLER CVR TP VOL 01 HARD GOODBYE
STAR WARS EPISODE I PHANTOM MENACE HC
SUPERMAN ADVENTURES TP VOL 02
TEEN TITANS GO HEROES ON PATROL TP NEW ED
TERMINATOR OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SUITE
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL TP VOL 03 SQUIRREL REALLY
USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA TP VOL 01
WALKING DEAD ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR)

OTHER STUFF

BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT RED HOOD AF
POP HORROR NOSFERATU VINYL FIG
POP RHPS JANET WEIS VINYL FIG
POP RHPS RIFF RAFF VINYL FIG
PREVIEWS #333 JUNE 2016
ROCK CANDY BVS WONDER WOMAN FIG
ROCK CANDY MODERN BATGIRL FIG

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May 132016
 

World's Fair 1893Gather ’round, gather ’round!  Come win tickets to the spectacular World’s Fair of 1893!  Okay, you don’t need an actual ticket to purchase the game, but if you’re playing it you will want to go ticket happy.  A forty minute play experience for two to four players, World’s Fair 1893 has players collecting stacks cards from different regions of the game board.  Each region correlates with a different exhibition, so choose wisely and make sure you don’t pollute your hand.Abyss Kraken

When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.  That’s the conceit of the first expansion for Asmodee‘s Abyss, Kraken!  Intended to be added to the base game, this expansion contains a new rule book, over forty new cards and tokens, and adds black pearls to the game.  These black pearls come with a strategic decision:  do you corrupt yourself for greater power or stay pure to avoid possible destruction.  Beware, though, if you choose not take the Onitamablack pearls from the Kraken, your opponents may not be as cautious.

One of the Dice Tower Essential games, Onitama acts as a variant form of chess for head-to-head play.  In the game, players have a miniature playmat, featuring a 5×5 grid.  They also have five pawns that are moved by a variety of cards.  On each turn, players use a card to move a pawn, discard that card, then draw another one from a community discard pile.  Thus, players will be sharing movement cards.  The goal is to move your pawn onto the same space as an opponent in order to conquer that space and eliminate that pawn.The Little Prince Rising to the Stars

Even though the film’s release was delayed, Asmodee has produced a board game for The Little Prince, based off of the popular children’s book.  The Little Prince:  Rising to the Stars is a simple family gaming experience for two to six players that relies on various racing elements.  Players control planes that are charting a course to the planet of the Little Prince.  Using movement cards, players jockey for prime position on the gameboard in order to make it to the planet first, but also to collect Star Trek Five Year Missionstars and more movement cards.

You’ve beamed aboard, hopefully not wearing a red shirt, and now you and your crew mates have to solve the worst problems of the universe.  Star Trek:  Five-Year Mission is a cooperative experience for three to seven players set in either the original Star Trek or Next Generation time periods.  Each player receives a crew member role, with its own unique abilities, then must work together to solve various threats that arise.  Finding solutions gains the whole crew points, leading to victory, but if any crew member parishes, everyone loses.Krosmaster Quest

Building on the world of Krosmaster, Krosmaster Quest is a tactical adventure game that expands not only on the world, but the mechanics.  For two to six players, Krosmaster Quest uses a modular game board to expand the play space of the game, but still uses chibi-style figurines (including two exclusive figures only found here) in the gameplay.  Players travel around the world of the gameboard, vanquishing monsters, acquiring treasures, and allying with others to increase their power.  Even though Krosmaster Quest is a Histriostand-alone experience, figures and other components from previous Krosmaster games can be combined with it.

The show must go on in the Histrio board game!  For two to five players, Histrio is all about assembling the best cast for your play.  Each player represents a touring troupe of performers on the cusp of presenting a new play in front of the kings of various realms.  You will need to recruit actors for your play, but make sure to balance tragedy and comedy in order to provide the fullest experience.  Your casting will result in better financial return and the respect of the kingdom!Back to the Future board game

Building off of the popular films, IDW‘s Back to the Future board game does not have to reach 88mph to be fun!  Using elements of the Chrononauts game, Back to the Future requires players to competitively transport Doc Brown and Marty through three time periods in order to maintain the proper timeline.  Whoever repairs time the quickest, gets to joyride TIME Stories Under the Maskin the DeLorean whenever they wish!

The growing popularity of the fluctuating storytelling adventure game series, T.I.M.E. Stories, means more expansions.  Like the previous expansions for the game, Under the Mask, adds new cards and environments to progress the stories of the various adventurers participating in the game.  Under the Mask sends the participants far back in time the age of the pharaoh’s in order to uncover an ancient secret.

May 132016
 

Mae #1Mae #1

-Want a Buffy-like comic with fairies and giant cats?  Try Dark Horse‘s new Mae series!

-Lost for years, fighting in an alternate reality of magic and fantasy, Abbie has to flee back to Earth as that world falls apart around her.  Mae, Abbie’s sister, is entrusted to find her, but must contend with various mystical creatures escaping into our realm.

-Written, illustrated, and created by Gene Ha, a former understudy of Alan Moore, Mae promises to be one of Dark Horse‘s signature series.

-Epic in scope and raunchy in content, like Saga, Mae is the indy series you should check out this week.

Archangel #1Archangel William Gibson

-Famous Sci-Fi author William Gibson (Neuromancer) comes to comics!

-Following the complete irradiation of the planet, Earth’s population is forced to move into a machine called The Splitter that generates an alternate, digital reality.

-On art duties for the book is comics legend, Butch Guice (Captain America, Astro City, Superman)!

-Fans of series like East of West, Prophet, and Black Science should give this a look!

Future Quest #1Future Quest #1

-Future Quest kicks off DC‘s relaunch of the Hana Barbara properties!

-Combining cartoon characters like Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, and the Herculoids, Future Quest constructs a universe and continuity around these beloved characters!

-When Johnny and Hadji discover an alien mystery in a swamp, they must team up with the universe’s other heroes forestall the threat and save the universe.

-Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Batman ’66, Hulk) joins forces with up-and-coming artist “Doc” Shaner (Convergence: Shazam, Multiversity, Darkseid War:  Green Lantern).

Civil War II #0 (of 7)Civil War II #0

-You’ve seen Captain America: Civil War.  You’ve read the original Civil War.  Now get ready for the sequel!

-A completely original event from Marvel, Civil War II is reminiscent of the original in that Iron Man is facing off against another hero, but unlike last time it is Captain Marvel he’s butting heads with.

-Marvel architect, Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, House of M), will be writing all seven issues.

-When a young Inhuman named Ulysses is discovered who can predict the future, Captain Marvel wants to conscript him to help them stop crimes before they happen.  Iron Man has different opinions.