May 222015
 

Old Man Logan Secret Wars BattleworldSecret Wars Week 2

-Battleworld rages on in the second week of Secret Wars!

-Brian Bendis returns to the wasteland world of Old Man Logan, Peter David journeys into the 2099 universe, and Thanos fights against Richard Ryder in Infinity Gauntlet!

-Dennis Hopeless returns to the Magik ruled Inferno, Black Bolt takes center stage in Inhumans: Attilan Rising, and MODOK does what he does in the MODOK Assassin miniseries!

-Finally, Secret Wars Journal documents various locals in Battleworld while dinosaurs try to munch on soldiers in Garth Ennis’ Where Monsters Dwell.

Providence #1 (of 12)Providence

-Alan Moore is back for another Avatar miniseries!

-The sequel/prequel to Moore’s Courtyard and Neonomicon series, Providence dives into the history of this Lovecraftian universe!

-Painstakingly researched, Moore is incorporating real history and locations into this important tale.

-Jacen Burrows, artist on Crossed and Moore’s previous two Lovecraft miniseries, rejoins the writer to finish off their trilogy.

Sons of the DevilSons of the Devil #1

-Fans of crime fiction like True Detective and Se7en should take a look at Sons of the Devil.

-Brian Buccellato, one half of the former writing team on The Flash, launches this new series at Image!

-A young man discovers through tragedy that his family has ties to a cult, ties that may be resurfacing to strangle him.

-In order to uncover his dark past, the protagonist will have to venture into the country’s dark underbelly.

Fight Club 2 #1Fight Club 2

-Chuck Palahniuk is back to continue the story that made his career!

-Where has The Narrator ended up ten years after the end of the first Fight Club?  Not anywhere you’d expect.

-Once Tyler Durden begins creeping out of his unconscious again, things get crazy.

-Palahniuk has been working on this official sequel for years and now it’s finally hitting shelves!

Dec 202014
 

Hidden Agenda Hostile Intent ResistanceIndie Board Games has enlisted two new expansion for The Resistance.

The popular bluffing game adds its first two expansions in Hidden Agendas and Hostile Intent.  Hidden Agendas adds three entirely new modules of play to the game, including Assassin, Defector, and Trapper.  Hostile Intent also adds three separate modules, including Hunter, Reverser, and Inquisitor.Flashpoint Honor Duty

Among the many popular cooperative games on the market today, Flash Point is certainly the hottest (yes, I made that pun on purpose).  Flash Point:  Fire Rescue Honor and Duty, like the previous expansion, includes two new double-sided game boards.  Among these new scenarios are an airplane fire mission and a subway train disaster.  Keep in mind, a copy of the base game is Ninja Dicerequired.

Since the dawn of the art of ninjitsu, an ancient artform has passed from generation to generation.  It’s name?  Ninja Dice!  Okay, so maybe it’s not that ancient, but this push-your-luck dice game (similar to Zombie Dice and Martian Dice) has players taking on the role (or is that roll?) of a ninja.  By rolling dice, players establish a scenario they are attempting to sneak into, then roll another set of dice to determine how they will accomplish the goal.Dungeons Dragons Attack Wing Wave 2

Hot on the wings of the first series of Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing miniatures, Wizards of the Coast has released a second series.  Out this weekend, Attack Wing Series Two includes the Black Shadow Dragon, Movanic Deva Angel, and Aarakocra Troop expansion Star Trek Attack Wing Borg Cubepacks.  Each of these miniature packs include cards and all other materials to incorporate the figure into the base game.

Resistance is futile.  If you’re a die hard Trekkie (which means you’re likely a die hard Star Trek Attack Wing player), then you’re going to have to get a copy of the oversized Borg Cube miniature that releases this weekend.  Like the Deep Space Nine model that came out a couple weeks back, this miniature is to scale with the other Attack Wing miniatures.Holiday Fluxx

Just in time to save those awkward post-diner moments at every family’s holiday party, Loony Labs has released another new version of their popular card game, Fluxx.  Holiday Fluxx, like the other versions of Fluxx, throws players into a scenario where win conditions and rules change every turn.  Cards for this version of the game are themed toward not only winter holidays, like Hanukkah and Christmas, but also Mice and Mystics Downwood TalesHalloween, Arbor Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.

The adventures of the valiant mice knights of Mice and Mystics continues in the second expansion for the popular narrative board game, Downwood Tales.  Included in this hefty addition are a selection of new villains, characters, and story options to continue the adventures of the previous two games.  Among the new characters is a crafty gecko named Jakobe.Firefly RPG Things Don't Go Smooth

If you’re a captain in the verse, the obstacles that crop up between you and something shiny are numerous and varied.  The first supplemental sourcebook for the Firefly RPG, Things Don’t Go Smooth, focuses on these obstacles, detailing four additional types of villainous bosses as well as over fifty distinctions and assets, enemy boats, and two additional Star Wars Imperial Assault“episodes” to play through.  Keep flying.

Fantasy Flight had such a success with Descent: Journeys in the Dark that they decided to take the mechanics to a galaxy far, far away.  Star Wars Imperial Assault is the fourth major gaming release from Fantasy Flight that uses the Star Wars license.  In this epic board game, players take on the roles of either the Galactic Empire or the Rebel forces.  These two factions are distinguished by two separate game modes (Campaign and Skirmish) that each play differently for up to five players.  Fans of the classic Hero Quest system will find numerous similarities within Imperial Assault.

Nov 282014
 

Wolf Moon #1Wolf Moon #1 (of 6)

-Two Missouri comic creators join forces for this new horror miniseries from DC!

-St. Louis’ Cullen Bunn, writer of Sixth Gun, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Sinestro, and Helheim, authors the miniseries!

-Kansas City’s own Jeremy Haun lends his moody pencils to the comic’s interior pages!

-Bunn and Haun blend together a werewolf and revenge stories for a uniquely violent and vengeful tale.

Secret Six #1Secret Six #1

-Gail Simone returns to the series that helped to make her name in the industry!

-Similar to the Suicide Squad, the Secret Six are a covert, underground team of lower rent supervillains who deal in the weird, mysterious corners of the DC Universe.

-Joining Simone is comic artist veteran Ken Lashley, who has previously lent his pencils to the New 52 Superman:  Doomed and Batman/Superman series.

-Catman returns to the DC Universe!

Cross One Hundred +100Crossed + 100 #1 (of 6)

-Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell) returns to Avatar for a new Crossed miniseries event!

-The legendary comic book writer enters into the twisted post-apocalyptic world created by Garth Ennis for the first time!

-Set one hundred years into the future of the Crossed outbreak, Crossed +100 follows a young girl who is researching the original disease (as it has long been wiped out) only discover a pack of Crossed still alive!

-No previous knowledge of the Crossed storyline is necessary to read this miniseries!

Angela Asgard’s Assassin #1Angela Asgard's Assassin

-Revealed as Thor‘s sister, Neil Gaiman’s Angela is on a mission to discover her origins!

-Raised in Heaven, the tenth realm, Angela has hated Asgard her entire life, but now it has become her home.  She travels across the tens realms at the behest of Odin, slaying he needs slayed.

-Kieron Gillen (Journey into Mystery, Wicked and Divine, Young Avengers) and Marguerite Bennett (Lois Lane, Earth 2 World’s End, Batman) team up for writing duties on the series!

-The art for the series is also a dual effort, featuring the combined talents of Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans!

Feb 232013
 

Hey, everyone, come on, grab your friends!  We’ll go to very distant lands!

Jake and Finn have stopped playing with BMO and are back for a second round of Adventure Time trade paperback mathematics!  Adventure Time volume two collects issues five through nine of the series that’s sweeter than Peppermint Butler.  Within these flippin’ sweet pages are stories of Finn and Jake turning into robots, traveling in Princess Bubblegum’s time machine, and laying some smack down on the Ice King.  Make your kids (or, hell, yourself) happy and pick it up!

Liches and zombies need not apply.

Scott Snyder just finished what is sure to become a classic Joker story in the main Batman series, but, before he made a name for himself, Snyder wrote one of the creepiest runs of Detective Comics ever.  Set during the period of time where Dick Grayson was Batman, this extended run has an entirely different tone from other Batman books as Grayson is all about the sarcasm and acrobatics, both brought to life by Jock’s expressive pencils.  Faced with a complicated murder mystery to solve, Grayson must team-up with Commissioner Gordon to crack the case.  Not only do Gordon and Grayson share sleuthing duties, but the story is also evenly split between them.  Gordon must deal with the arrival of his prodigal son, James, Jr., who may or may not be entirely sane.  Snyder is incredibly dept at pacing horror and suspense on the page, a talent uses handily during many of Gordon and James, Jr.’s scenes together.  Just remember to watch out for that water running under the bathroom door.

One thing you will certainly not find in Image Comics Five Weapons miniseries is a sorting hat.

That just makes it all the more important to choose wisely when you’re enrolling in The School of Five Weapons, because the weapon you choose will define the rest of your life.  Knives, staves, archery, exotics, and guns may be deadly, but they have nothing on the brain of Tyler, the most recent arrival to the premiere assassin school.  Join Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen), handling both art and writing duties, as he leads you through the halls of the deadliest high school in the country.  

Just don’t call it Harry Potter with guns.

Talking raccoons make every comic better.

Brian Michael Bendis got to sample the Guardians of the Galaxy in his recent run on Avengers Assemble, but now he launches deep into the stars with the beginning of another ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy series.  The first point one issue details the origins of Starlord, the boy from Earth who grows-up to lead the meanest bunch of space police in the universe.  With crisp, detailed artwork from Steve McNiven (Civil War), the addition of Iron Man, and the eminent Marvel Studios film adaptation the only reason to skip this book is if you’re off planet.

Oct 082011
 

Master of puppets
I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams

-Metallica

Never doubt the foresight of James Hetfield, because he completely called the premise of the new Malifaux-related game, Puppet Wars.  Spun out of the dark, patchwork themes present in Malifaux, Puppet Wars is a two to four player miniature based battle game.  Each player gathers their army of puppets around one central “puppet master” (see where the Metallica mention comes from?) who controls them in attempts to protect their master and destroy their enemy.  The base game set comes with all the materials for two players to dive into play immediately, but various booster packs allow players to add other puppet miniatures to their army and/or alter the game to support up to four players.  If you’re looking to get into a miniature game that doesn’t break the bank nor require a ton of purchases just to build a basic army, Puppet Wars will twist your mind but keep your dreams nice and cozy.

I think it’s written in the book of life somewhere that if you come across someone who carries a pair of swords that they’ve given names to, you need to run the opposite direction.  Such is the case with the new Tannhauser miniature pack for Mizu Kage.  Working for the Shogunate or Reich teams, Mizu is in the assassin department either way, as she is extremely talented at using her swords, Willow and Winding Stream, to, let’s say, diminish the competition.  Mizu‘s box o’ goodness comes complete with the mini, the character sheet, 12 game tokens, 10 equipment cards, a rulebook, and a dedicated scenario.  Or if slinky ninja assassins ain’t your speed, you can try hulking Itami.  Again playable with both Shogunate and Reich teams, Itami is chock full of mysterious magic, which is exactly what his special scenario focuses on.  He too comes with all the regular bells and whistles any Tannhauser miniature pack supplies.

The new Battle Pack for Warhammer Invasion has been dubbed The Inevitable City.  One might think that this title has something to do with the city setting for this first chapter in the Capital Cycle, but I’m going to suggest that it actually has to do with the inevitable butt kicking that players who purchase this pack will give their opponents.  Specifically, players who favor the Chaos faction, as half of the sixty cards held within it are associated with Ruinous Powers.

How would you feel if there was no Return of the Jedi?  Or Last Crusade?  Or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?  I think I’d feel a little incomplete.  Which is exactly the way you should feel if you’ve picked up all the first two books in the Rogue Trader RPG trilogy from Games Workshop and haven’t yet picked up the third, and final, book, Fallen Suns.  Capping off the series, Fallen Suns includes all the contents you will need to finish off your party’s final adventures as they attempt to save the Koronus Expanse while defeating the Faceless Lord.  If you haven’t yet started the trilogy, what are you waiting for?!

If you’ve ever gotten drunk over a gaming session and suggested a combination of Starcraft and Pitch Car then laughed and laughed and laughed because it sounds crazy, you have been proven wrong.  That is because Z-Man Games has found a way to combine the two.  Maybe they too drink and design.  Anyway, Ascending Empires is the Frankenstein-ed game in question, set in a universe where the Earth has been destroyed and humanity has expanded far out into the stars hoping to find sanctuary.  It is from this starting point that players enter the game.  From each of the four corners of the board, players flick ships out among the various planet tokens scattered across the universe, hoping to land in their orbit so they may build colonies, develop technologies, mine, or enact other such actions.  As usual, players gain points by complete each of these actions (all of which are explained on a handy-dandy cheat card).  An inventive combination of play methods, Ascending Empires offers a unique gaming experience, to be sure.

And the hope that you flick a token into an opponent’s eye.