Apr 242015
 

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-In anticipation of the Batman Arkham Knight video game this summer, DC Direct is releasing a series of figures based off of the game’s character designs.

-Out this week are Batman. . .

-Harley Quinn. . .

-And the Scarecrow!

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-Two great Image Comic talents combine in one ongoing series!

-Pisces sees Kurtis J. Wiebe of Rat Queens and Johnnie Christmas of Sheltered come together!

-Sci-Fi has been a major genre for Image lately and Pisces joins the illustrious ranks of Copperhead, Roche Limit, Prophet, Black Science, and Saga.

-Building off of the love for Interstellar, Pisces follows a NASA astronaut hired to participate in a top secret, covert mission.  His directive:  make first contact with alien life.

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-Another Image Comics volume one for only $9.99!

-The Latimer family are the world’s most renown monster hunters, but, when momma and pappa Latimer are killed, the two Latimer teens must fend for themselves against a horde of creatures out for revenge.

-Essentially a darker version of Johnny Quest, The Venture Brothers, and Scooby Doo.

-Writer Jacob Semahn wastes no time dropping the reader directly into the action, ending every issue on a compelling cliffhanger that moves the story forward!

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-One of this year’s most well written event comics is collected in a single, hardcover volume!

-An excellent jumping on point for new Spider-Man readers, Spider-Verse sees Peter Parker enlisted into an interdimensional war as the leader of an army of alternate reality Spider-People!

-See the origins of everyone’s favorite Spider-Gwen in this collected edition!

-In fact, see all the origins of all the Spider-Verse characters as this volume collects not only the main Amazing Spider-Man issues, but all the tie-in issues, including Spider-Woman, Edge of Spider-Verse, Superior Spider-Man, and more!

Sep 272013
 

Why type about Castellan when I can post a video?

Stefan Feld, creator of Bruges and The Castles of Burgundy, brings Bora Bora to the table today.  A dice-rolling, worker placement game, Bora Bora has players roll dice to gain workers which they must place carefully over a course of limited actions.  The amount of actions per turn is decided by the number of players, anywhere from two to four.

Rise of Augustus, created by Paolo Mori (Pocket Battles), is an objective-based gaming experience where players are dealt six objective cards at the beginning of a game, each of which will be replaced as they are completed.  As objectives are completed, players will earn specific rewards, detailed on each card.  When seven objectives have been completed by a player, the game is over.

And you will walk a thousand miles, and I will walk a thousand more…in Tokaido!  From the creator of 7 Wonders, comes this colorful, beautifully designed and illustrated game about traveling down Japan’s East Sea Road.  The last player in line gets too choose which space they want to move to and complete the action on that space.  Whoever reaches the end of the track first, obtains victory!

With Halloween around the corner, Munchkin inevitably has to release a special seasonal booster.  And low, Munchkin Tricky Treats.  This fifteen card booster pack contains cards, like Zombie Costume, Favorite Machete, and Sparkly Vampire!

Also from Stefan Feld, The Pillars of the Earth:  Builder’s Duel is a new expansion for the game.  The goal is simple:  one player is attempting to build a cathedral, the other a fortress, the player who finishes construction first wins.  But, of course, each must collect materials before building can commence, and in order to do so action cards must be played.

Cubicle 7 continues racing through space and time as they release the Second Doctor Source Book for the Doctor Who RPG!  Each of these source books contain detailed character information for their titular Doctor, his companions, his enemies, and his TARDIS.  Each hardcover also contains plot synopses and adventure details for each episode in the titular Doctor’s seasons, acting as a valuable resource for game master’s as well as avid Doctor Who fanatics.

Goblins where so last season.

The Pathfinder Battles mini assortments have risen from the dead with a brand new (and decaying) Undead Horde assortment.  Like the recent Goblins assortment, each box contains twenty-four random, individual miniatures, hidden in blind bags.  Grab one and take the chance of getting figures like the Graveknight, Wight, Mummy Lord, and Lady Ghoul!

After a long hibernation, the Dirtboys, Gargoyles, and Dukes are back and better than ever!

Shadowrun 5th Edition has been talked about and talked about for months, but now it is here.  The updated and re-illustrated core rulebook is ready to take on a whole new generation of runners!

Feb 162013
 

The Missouri/Kansas rivalry has seeped into basketball, politics, and history.  Now it’s found its way into comics.

Geoff Johns and David Finch spread the Justice League love to the land of stars and stripes with Justice League of America #1.  And, yes, we’re going to have the special Missouri and Kansas flag variant covers.  Now, as to the actual content of the comic.  IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME!  Geoff Johns has been writing Justice League since the beginning of the New 52, bringing his talent for reinvention to the big shots of the DC Universe, but now it’s his time to dig into the supporting characters.  An eclectic team C-List heroes like Hawkman, Stargirl, Vibe, Green Arrow, Catwoman, Martian Manhunter, and more are hired by the government as their own personal, super-powered task force.  The real selling point here is that Geoff Johns understands character.  He’s proven it time and again on ensemble books like Justice Society of America, Teen Titans, and Justice League, given an assortment of unusual characters, Johns will make you love them.

Prepare your bro hooves.

My Little Pony, the fan-favorite and cult hit cartoon, became a fan-favorite, cult hit comic book last year.  Now, another Pony book has arrived.  MLP Micro is a six issue miniseries that focuses on six of the most popular ponies of the series on their own unique adventure.  First up, this Wednesday, is Twilight Sparkle (yeah, you knew that’s who it would be).  Having fallen in love with a series of novels, Twilight sets out on a journey to find the books’ author when she finds out it never finished.  Alert the Bronies!

Jeph Loeb, author of Batman: Long Halloween, Ultimate Comics X, Dardevil Yellow, and much more, lost his son, Sam, about five years ago to cancer.  Sam, by all accounts, was a positive, joyful joker who made everyone smile and was always ready for an adventure.  In honor of Sam, Jeph Loeb has created a new Nova for the Marvel NOW! universe, Sam Alexander, imbued with all the qualities of his own son.  Outside of the personal connection, Sam “Nova” Alexander has a mysterious background that will be explained over the course of the series as he eases into his heroic moniker.  After making his debut in Avengers vs. X-Men and Marvel NOW! Point One, Sam is getting his own series with top-notch writer Loeb and stylized art master, Ed McGuinness!

Fresh on the heels of the announcement that 2013 will bring another release in the impressive Batman Arkham Asylum video game series, the third set of Arkham City action figures hit shelves this Wednesday.  As per usual, this set brings with it another version (the best, in my opinion) of the Batman himself, this time in his original costume, detailed to the extreme!  Fleshing out this assortment are three beloved characters, Deadshot, Talia al Ghul, and Nightwing, complete with his electrified batons.  Complete your Arkham rogues gallery by picking each of them up.

Jan 122013
 

Before the whole brain-swapping shenanigans of Amazing Spider-Man #698-700, there was a character named Alpha.  A young, pompous teen granted exceptional powers (ringing any bells) decides to use his powers not to help people, but to gain stardom.  Peter Parker (RIP) eventually managed to reverse the accident that gave Alpha his abilities, leaving him disgraced and embarrassed.  Alpha Big Time picks up where that storyline left off, with Alpha attending high school far from New York.  Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov (Doctor Who), this series deals with what happens when your fifteen minutes of fame are up and all you’re left with is a gasping desire to reclaim it.

Don’t you hate it when, after a hard night of drinking, you wake up in the savage land only to be attacked by a velociraptor?

Wolverine does.

Frank Cho’s Savage Wolverine #1 launches this week and features his talents on both writing and art duties.  As alluded to, the first story arc is going to revolve around Logan finding himself in the Savage Land, surrounded at every turn by enemies, and with no clue how he got there or why everyone is so angry.  Luckily, he has Shanna the She-Devil (come on, did you think Cho wasn’t going to stick a bikini-clad hottie into the book?) on his side for support.  Or, in simpler terms, it’s Wolverine versus dinosaurs.  The word you’re looking for is SNIKT!

Once more into the breach, dear friends.

Such is DC‘s thinking with their newest space anthology series, Threshold #1, launching this Wednesday.  Starring mostly Green Lantern universe characters, the series will span the galaxy of the DC universe, telling rip-roaring sci-fi pulp adventures with some of your favorite cosmic characters.  Each issue will also feature a backup story with everyone’s favorite greedy lantern, Larfleeze, who must find a way to reclaim all of his beloved stuff after it has been stolen from him.  A new addition to the Green Lantern CORPS is also introduced in the series, one who’s been disgracefully stripped of his ring and sent to compete in a game show where you have to run for your life.  And if that isn’t enough, Threshold will be the venue in which the former Captain Karrot is reborn as a gritty space pirating bunny called Captain K’Rot.

And finally, your moment of Deadpool statue for the night.

Enjoy.

Jul 212012
 

The Justice League New 52 Batman action figure brought the darkest night a few months ago, but now it’s time for the brightest day as the Green Lantern figure from this series ships this Wednesday. Sculpted off of Hal Jordan‘s new costume, the figure presents all of Jim Lee’s detailed pencil work in one stunning figure. If you’re planning to collect the entire team, this is a must grab!

What do you get when you cross Serenity, Doctor Who, Astonishing X-Men, and Greg Pak? Actually, it’s an unfair question because the comic I’m talking about doesn’t come out until Wednesday, but if you’re up on your X-Men news, you’ll know the answer is X-Treme X-Men. This new ongoing series by Planet Hulk writer Greg Pak follows a trio of alternate reality versions of Wolverine, Emma Frost, and Nightcrawler. So, come join Captain Howlett, Emmeline Frost, and Kid Nightcrawler as they jump from dimension to dimension tracking down lost X-Men and trouble as they go. Oh, and for those collectors out there, we will be getting the limited Salvador Larroca variant cover, which you can admire to your right.

Finishing out the night we’ve got two new works from up-and-coming comic superstar Jeff Lemire. Lemire is garnering much deserved acclaim for his work on DC‘s Animal Man and Frankenstein series as well as his post-apocalyptic road story, Sweet Tooth, so when he’s got a new one-shot story for DC coming out this Wednesday, you should take notice. National Comics Kid Eternity is the launching point for a new stand-alone series set to re-introduce forgotten DC characters. This first issue, drawn by Cully Hamner (RED), introduces Kid Eternity, a medical examiner who has to solve a murder mystery in twenty-four hours. A great story in a one-and-done package, folks.

Lemire’s newest graphic novel also drops this week. The Underwater Welder follows in the footsteps of Lemire’s other meditative graphic novel work (The Nobody, Lost Dogs) as it follows a professional diver and expecting father who is coming to terms with the burgeoning pressures of becoming a father. The further he drifts downward to the ocean floor the more he forgets his wife and future son…until something supernatural occurs. Written and drawn by Lemire in his recognizable concise, sketchy style, The Underwater Welder is receive buzz as one of the best pieces of comic art this year.