Jul 282012
 

When you step outside these days you may assume we’ve made a deal with Hell to lease out some reality, but, all signs aside, that’s not actually the case. However, in Absalom: Ghosts of London, it is. Pulled from the ever-present 2000 AD Magazine (one of the longest running comics in history), Absalom is a supernatural cop book that blends the likes of Hellboy, Hellblazer, and Captain Britain in a world where London has signed a peace treaty with the underworld.

However, Absalom, an immortal, elderly cop doesn’t make friends with demons easily.

If you’re anything like me, you read Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Immortal Iron Fist four years ago and then sobbed tears of sarrow when it was put on hiatus. Sadly, that “hiatus” turned into a cancellation, while Fraction and Aja moved onto other projects. Well, it may not be Iron Fist, but the new Hawkeye series is as close as can be. With a slick, seventies espionage vibe and inventive visuals, this Hawkeye book will be perfect for long-time fans of the character as well as those who found out about him from the Avengers movie.

Here’s a little secret: the best books being published right now are coming from Image comics.  With series like Prophet, Saga, Manhattan Projects, and Revival, there’s no doubt the publisher has some quality works under their belt. And, this Wednesday, their adding a couple of other great reads to their repertoire.

Think Tank is up first. Brain power is on display in this new series about a genius, mass murder doctor, David Loren, who’s trying to out think the government agency who’s employed him as a weapons builder for years. Can he do it? Will he be killled? Will he cause a ton of destruction? Yes.

Organs. Not the musical kind, but the you-need-them-to-live kind are the key to the other new Image book, Harvest. This five issue miniseries is a race against time for Dr. Ben Dane as he tries to reclaim organs already put into people in order to escape his own death. Beautiful artwork from newcomer Colin Lorimer tells the tale in the most gruesome, yet gorgeous manner.

Aug 062011
 

Before we begin today, a bit of mood setting.  In that effort, please click below and keep it playing during your reading of the first item.  Thank you all.

Okay, now insert Ultimate Combat when applicable.  That’s right, Pathfinder:  Ultimate Combat has cartwheel kicked its way onto the shelves this week.  Many have perished in its making, but the bloodshed was well worth it as this thick edition expands the Pathfinder universe with more fighty madness than you can shake a katana at.  That includes three completely new classes that every single gamer out there will froth at the mouth to play:  gunslinger, ninja, and samurai.  Enough new equipment and combat information to take down a small army is included side-by-side with a detailing of vehicular combat and over 250 new feats!  If you’re looking to supplement, and by supplement I mean violently beat to a pulp, your Pathfinder Core Rulebook, Ultimate Combat will do so with murderous glee.

Staying with Pathfinder for a second (music is still optional), three other companions and campaign settings arrived this week, as well.  Learn all things goblin (seriously, I think this thing’ll tell you which side of the bed they sleep on) with the Player Companion, Goblins of Golarion.  Follow that up with a chaser of Pathfinder Society Field Guide, which is like an enrollment manual to the Society, laying out for players and GMs alike, all the details about factions, archetypes, Absalom, and everything else needed to flesh out Society characters and campaigns.  Finally, for dessert, Inner Sea Magic, which delves into the nitty-gritty of everything magic related in the Pathfinder world, including spellcaster history, magical schools, variant magic, along with two oracle mysteries.

Since you’ve already got your otherworldly passport handy after the last items, how about a jaunt into the realms of Dungeons & Dragons.  Today we venture to the realm of Neverwinter (sounds like summer in Lee’s Summit) with the new Neverwinter Campaign Setting hardcover.  This supplemental book is like a travel guide to the region, complete with a massive fold-out map.  But it’s not all just pretty pictures here, the hardcover also gets intricate with pages and pages of minute detail about character themes, cleric domains and powers, race variants, and all sorts of adventure-building materials for Dungeon Masters.  Somehow, with all that, the book still manages to introduce a new wizard type known as a bladesinger.  Oh and, uh, if you haven’t noticed, bit of cross promotion, there’s also a new Neverwinter Fortune Card booster expansion.  Hmm, who’da thought?

You remember playing Mouse Trap as a kid?  The Impossible Machine captures that same sense of inventive insanity as players lay down cards in an attempt to build the most inefficient contraption to perform the most menial of tasks.  For instance, maybe you want to pour a glass of water, well in The Impossible Machine players connect cards that represent components like fans, cogs, catapults, and so on toward the eventual goal of completing the overall task.  Each card has an input and an output arrow to indicate what cards can be connected to it.  The game ends when a player has more points than any other player after three machines have been completed.  Would it be too much of a pun to say this is quite the inventive game?

Brush up on your Smurf dialect before reading this next one, folks.  ’Cause it’s gonna get Smurfy up in this Smurf!

Timed perfectly to the release of the new Smurf movie, No Smurf Left Behind is a collectible board smurf that smurfs as a perfect family gaming experience.  Smurfing like a simplified kid-friendly version of Last Night on Earth, players can choose to play one of the five included Smurfs on their way to the portal home or the Smurily Smurf Gargamel as he attempts to Smurf the Smurfs’ efforts.

And if you Smurf to expand your game (this is where the collectible part comes in), Wizkids has also released a bunch of individual boosters that contain a single painted Smurf figure.  There are eight total, so Smurf that allowance money to collect them all.

So who votes for all future posts to be written in that language?  No takers?  Whew, hallelujah!