Jul 192016
 

Mystic ValeNew this week is one of AEG’s (Love Letter, Smash Up) most-hyped games! Mystic Vale is a 2-4 player “Card-Crafting” Deck builder, in which players take on the roles of druids attempting to cleanse their tainted homelands. Many have played deck builders where you spend resources crafting together the perfect stack of cards, but in Mystic Vale players get to build the cards themselves. With expansions already in the works, do not miss out on this unique and exciting game!

Ascension, War of ShadowsWhile on the topic of deck building games, the grandfather of them all has a new expansion out! Ascension, War of Shadows pushes players into reawakening heroes and constructs of the past and throws some new mechanics in with it. As the balance between light and dark shifts, cards gain additional powers depending on whether it is day or night. Play this as a stand-alone 1-4* player game, or combine War of Shadows with other Ascension games to play up to 6 players.

Castles of Burgandy Card GameIt’s easy to get stuck inside in the hot summer sun, daydreaming of a better time. Instead of embracing the misery, try reliving the Renaissance with a new and portable take on a Stefan Feld classic! The Castles of Burgundy Card game provides two players the opportunity to propel their European estates into prosperity through strategic trade and commerce! In true Stefan Feld fashion: Tiny Box, Lots of decisions.

Jul 082016
 

Monstress v.1 tpbMonstress v.1 tpb

-Praised as one of last year’s best new ongoing series, Monstress is now out in trade paperback!

-Blending elements of anime, Hayao Miyazaki films, and steampunk, Monstress is unlike any other Image comics you’ll read.

-Taking place in an alternate reality, Monstress follows a young girl who has survived a treacherous war as she leads a rebellion against the ruling class.

-Sana Takeda’s art is worth the $9.99 price tag alone, as all six issues of her gorgeously intricate painted artwork is included.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CORPS Rebirth #1Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CORPS

-You’ve read Green Lanterns, now dive into the rest of the Green Lantern CORPS!

-Robert Venditti, who took over for Geoff Johns during the New 52 era, is back to helm this title.

-Those looking for classic Green Lantern action will find it in the Hal Jordan series, as he, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and Jon Stewart face off against Sinestro.

-Ethan Van Sciver and a slew of other great artists will be illustrating the issues of this ongoing series, switching off as the series progresses.

New Super-ManNew Super-Man #1

-Even though there’s a new Clark Kent/Superman on the block, there’s still room for one more!

-Kong Kenan is the Super-Man of China, both trying to deal with his new found powers and form his very own Justice League.

-Having finished out the New 52 era for the Superman series, Gene Luen Yang is now launching this new ongoing series.

-Yang is also well known for writing the stellar Avatar the Last Airbender graphic novels for Dark Horse!

Nightwing Rebirth #1Nightwing Rebirth #1

-Even though Grayson was one of DC‘s best ongoing series, everyone’s been dying for Dick Grayson to return to the Nightwing mantle!  Well, he’s back and he’s in blue and black!

-Tim Seeley (Revival, Grayson) sticks around to write the Nightwing series going forward!

-Transitioning back into the world of superheroes, Dick has to hone his skills by working with a new mentor named Raptor.

-As these two train, they attempt to strike back against an organization that has caused the Bat-Family immense distress:  The Court of Owls.

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.

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 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.