Apr 292016
 

Cinema PurgatorioCinema Purgatorio #1

-We’ve said it before but it’s no less true now, when Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman:  The Killing Joke) launches a new project it’s worth reading.

-An anthology series at it’s heart, Cinema Purgatorio not only features a continual story from Alan Moore, but also from some of the industry’s top creative talent.

-The murderer’s row of writers on the series includes Garth Ennis (Preacher), Max Brooks (World War Z), Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader), and Christos Gage (Crossed:  Badlands).

-Alan Moore will also be re-teaming with Kevon O’Neil on this series, the artist that has worked with him on every League of Extraordinary Gentlemen story.

3 Floyds Alpha King #1 (of 5)3 Floyds Alpha King

-Originally slated to come out through Heavy Metal Magazine, 3 Floyds Alpha King is now an Image Comics property!

-Written by Brian Azzarello (Dark Knight III, Wonder Woman, 100 Bullets), this miniseries is guaranteed to be unusual in all the right ways.

-Azzarello is joined by one of the industry’s most respected veteran artists, Simon Bisley!

-When a couple of suburban bros create a home brew so astounding, an otherworldly king crosses dimensions to posses it.  Things don’t go well.

Renato Jones One PercentRenato Jones:  The One Percent #1

-A modern day Robin Hood tale, but with far more cursing, violence, and debauchery.

-This new Image series will be written, drawn, colored, and completely overseen by Kaare Andrews (Iron Fist the Living Weapon, Spider-Man Reign).

-In a world where the rich have devoured an even greater amount of the public’s gross economy, Renato Jones is the hero who will make them pay.

-Expect crude, raunchy, and gruesome on the level of Kick-Ass!

The Punisher #1Punisher All New All Different

-A new era of The Punisher begins fresh off the heels of his successful appearance in the Daredevil Netflix series.

-New and old combine on creative duties as up-and-coming writer Becky Cloonan (Southern Cross, Gotham Academy), and veteran artist Steve Dillon (Preacher, Punisher) join forces.

-Frank goes on the road with this storyline, heading out on the hunt for a villain that causes him an emotional distress he hasn’t felt since his family died.

-The hunter becomes the hunted, however, as a dangerous gun-for-hire is sent after Frank.

Apr 082016
 

Harley Quinn and her Gang of HarleysHarley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #1 (of 6)

-Yes, another Harley miniseries.  Come one, DC knows you love her.

-Spins directly out of the main Harley Quinn ongoing series.

-Jimmy Palmiotti, one of the co-writers of nearly all of the Harley Quinn comics, returns to pen this miniseries.

-After Harley gets kidnapped, her faithful Gang of Harleys has to hunt down the culprit and retrieve their leader.

Hot Damn #1 (of 4)Hot Damn

-Up-and-coming creator, Ryan Ferrier (D4Ve, Curb Stomp, Shutter), launches a new miniseries from IDW.

-Ryan Ferrier is once again joined by artist Valentin Ramon, who he worked with on D4Ve.

-After a drug and drink fueled life, protagonist Teddy is sentenced to the hell for his transgressions.  Once he’s there, he finds it’s nothing like he expected.

-Expected detailed debauchery on the level of Nancy in Hell or any Garth Ennis series when you pick up Hot Damn!

C-3PO one shotC-3PO #1 one shot

-Long overdue, Marvel is finally release the C-3PO one shot!

-A tie-in for The Force Awakens, this one shot explains how C-3PO received his red arm.

-This issue will re-team the acclaimed creative duo of James Robinson and Tony Harris, who have not worked together for two decades!

-This oversized issue is important for any die hard Star Wars fan!

Moon Knight #1Moon Knight

-Cult favorite character Marc Spector, essentially the Batman of the Marvel Universe, returns with his own ongoing series!

-Moon Knight has fought the good fight for many years, but when he wakes up in a mental institution and is told he’s always been there, he has to confront the fact that all of his adventures may have occurred in his head.

-Acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (Old Man Logan, Green Arrow, Extraordinary X-Men) takes over after the previous run of Moon Knight by Warren Ellis, Cullen Bunn, and Brian Wood.

-Lemire is joined by Greg Smallwood, the artist from the previous series, who provides a trippy, experimental style to the series.

 

Mar 252016
 

VS System The Defenders VersusOne of tonight’s multiple superhero related games, VS System:  The Defenders is the first expansion pack for the recently relaunched card game.  Who are The Defenders, you might ask?  Well, they may not be as well known as The Avengers, but, within a year or so, you’ll be pretty familiar with them as all of the Netflix solo series will come together as The Defenders.  This 200 card expansion pack focuses on characters related to those series, like Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, as well as included new card mechanics.  A quick-to-play, exclusively two player experience, VS System is perfect for nerdy couples or friends looking for a head-to-head experience.Ninja All Stars Karate Fight

From Soda Pop Miniatures, creators of Super Dungeon Explorer, comes a very non-miniature style of game, Ninja All Stars Karate Fight.  Made for two to four players, this card game is a dexterity card matching game.  Like Slapjack, players attempt to react swiftly to cards thrown down on the table, hoping that their reflexes are quicker when grabbing for matching cards.  Ninja All Stars Karate Fight is designed Legendary Captain America 75th Anniversary expansionin a cutesy, Chibi fashion with ninja themed illustrations featured on each card.

If you haven’t heard, 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of the creation of Captain America!  In honor of that event, Upper Deck has released a special Captain America 75th Anniversary expansion for Legendary.  Like previous Legendary expansions, this one contains over 100 cards, including five heroes, two masterminds, two villain groups, and four original schemes.  Among the character options are different versions of the Sentinel of Liberty, including Sam Wilson, Bucky, and various versions of Steve Rogers.Master Fox

Sly as a fox is an appropriate refrain for Iello‘s Master Fox board game.  Great fun for young players and families, Master Fox is a twenty minute dexterity game for two to four players.  In the game, players take on the role of foxes vying for dominance in the forest, as the elder fox is moving on to greener pastures.  In the game, various wooden animal tokens are randomly thrown into the box lid, then each player takes turns blindfolding themselves and grabbing for certain animals using nothing but their sense World's Finest Dicemasters expansionof touch.

Appropriately released the same weekend as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Dicemasters drops another starter kit for the DC line.  World’s Finest is another two-player starter set, that includes all of the essential materials players need to get into the game.  Specific to World’s Finest are forty-four dice and thirty-nine new cards, as well as a rulebook and a dice bag.  The heroes and villains you’ll find in this starter are also, fittingly, all Batman and Superman related characters, such as Steel, Power Girl, Robin, and Nightwing.

Mar 182016
 

HyperionHyperion #1

-Marvel‘s version of Superman receives his own ongoing series!

-Hailing from an alternate version of Marvel‘s Earth, Hyperion has been a violent despot, an Avenger, and now a drifter.

-When the series begins, Hyperion has decided to take to the open road, driving a truck around America to discover an Earth he’s never known.

-Fans of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run or the current Squadron Supreme series should give this a look.

GI Joe Deviations one shotGI Joe Deviations

-For the month of March, IDW is releasing a series of Deviations one shots that, essentially, act as “What if?” stories for their characters.

-Following on the heels of last week’s Ghostbusters and Transformers one shots, G.I. Joe is out this Wednesday.

-What if Cobra actually won?  What if Cobra Commander ruled the world?  Well, apparently, he’d be really bored.  G.I. Joe Deviations delves into that world, following Cobra Commander as he seeks to rebuild the G.I. Joes just to have someone to fight.

-Deviations has also acted as a showcase for new talent, so Paul Allor (Bravest Warriors, Pathfinder:  Goblins, TMNT), a rising star, will be writing this issue.

The Shadow GlassThe Shadow Glass #1 (of 6)

-Take a chance on a new, exciting miniseries from Dark Horse!

-Coming from Heavy Metal, writer/artist Aly Fell launches this miniseries handling all aspects of its creation.

-Part Shakespeare, part Steampunk, part mysticism, The Shadow Glass will be unlike anything you’ve read this year.

-In a world run by the occult, a young woman discovers that the man she thought to be her father isn’t and that her real dad communes with the devil.  With her life upended, Rose heads out to discover her true origins.

Circuit Breaker #1 (of 5)Circuit Breaker

-Fans of Manga and, specifically, Astro Boy, Circuit Breaker is an Image Comics miniseries to check out.

-Having worked in the industry for decades, working on Batman, X-Men, Deadpool, and nearly any other Marvel or DC property you’ve heard of, Kyle Baker will provide pencils to the entire miniseries.

-Following World War IV, the robot army designed to save the world rebels!  Their inventor designs one last automaton in the image of his granddaughter to save the world.  That is, if she doesn’t rebel like her brothers and sisters!

-Maniacal Chibi mascots, butt-guns, and hidden robot societies await in Circuit Breaker!

Mar 042016
 

Mars Attacks OccupationMars Attacks Occupation #1 (of 5)

-Usually, we hear the story about the Martian invasion, but Mars Attacks Occupation is set after the Martians have already taken over.

-IDW has done these sorts of Mars Attacks crossover events to great acclaim before.

-Like before, John Layman, the creator of Chew and former writer of Detective Comics, will be writing all five issues of this miniseries.

-Unlike Tim Burton’s dark comedy, the human protagonist of this miniseries actually has a fighting chance of defeating her oppressors.

Haunted Mansion #1 (of 5)Haunted Mansion

-Marvel has found success with their younger readers line based around Disney theme parks and characters, including Figment and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

-Haunted Mansion will be written by Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Illuminati, Birthright, Nailbiter)!

-When Danny gets locked into the Haunted Mansion, he desperately attempts to escape for fear of becoming the 1000th ghost in a house already populated by 999 specters!

-Wipe the memory of that terrible Eddie Murphy movie out of your memory (wait, you already have!) and replace it with this creepier, all ages tale.

Tokyo Ghost v.1 tpbTokyo Ghost v.1 tpb

-Catch-up on Rick Remender’s (Black Science, Deadly Class, Low, Uncanny X-Force) latest Image series!

-Volume one contains the first five issues of this ongoing series, a perfect jumping-on point that will catch you up to the next issue.

-In the far future, cops aren’t cops, their guns-for-hire; addictions are TV-centric; and their is only one, non-industrialized location on the planet is The Garden Nation of Tokyo.

-All of this dystopia is brought to grungy life by artist supreme, Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake, Joe the Barbarian, Batman).

Mockingbird #1Mockingbird

-You’ve loved her on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.now Bobbi Morse receives her own ongoing series.

-Chelsea Cain, who wrote the Mockingbird Shield one shot from last year, will be returning for this series.

-Each issue will find Mockingbird on a self-contained, solo mission, rather than one over-arching story.

-Covers will also feature artwork by up-and-coming artist Joëlle Jones (Ladykiller).